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Australia Awards alumnus visited AAM office with her students

 

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This year some lyceum students from the School of Technology in Darkhan successfully applied for the Student for Service project competition conducted by the USA Embassy in Mongolia. As headmaster and English teacher, I and my counterpart, Morgan, coordinated the project. Firstly, we took an idea from the television program “Mongolia’s Got Talent” where a vision-impaired blind girl sung a song. Bolor, a team member, suggested helping disabled people by making an audio book. We explored this idea and met with disabled children at the Enerel Complex School. It has about 200 pupils, most of whom are hearing-impaired and use sign language.

Because there were no vision-impaired children at the school, we changed our focus and made an application to teach sign language. Programmer, Naranmandakh and our team members, created our sign-language application (called “Дохионы хэл” in Mongolian) and made it available for free on the App Store and Play Store.

Part of our project was to introduce the application to people. The students wanted to challenge themselves to introduce their project and application in English, and they wanted to know more about Australia and the Australia Awards Mongolia program because their teacher was a recipient of an Australia Awards Scholarship. To meet their request, we contacted the office in Mongolia and they welcomed us warmly and generously gave very useful advice to the students. The meeting was completely in English. The students were greatly inspired and discussed with each other about how to become well-educated people like Ms Tsetsgee and Enkhee. It was great support to my job and inspirational for the young generation. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

Women's Leadership Program 2017 Newsletter – 3

On Friday 2 June 2017, eighteen inspiring women leaders graduated from this year’s Women’s Leadership Program (WLP). In a ceremony at Monet Restaurant, the participants were acknowledged by His Excellency John Langtry, Australia’s Ambassador to Mongolia, for their efforts and contribution to this year’s program, and their high-quality community development projects.

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For the past eight months the participants engaged in a rigorous leadership and self-development training program. They were provided with a comprehensive program that included topics such as effective communication and time management, met influential women in business, government and politics, visited leading business organizations and implemented community development projects.
Community development projects are a special feature of the WLP. They help participants to contribute to addressing some pressing social issues in Mongolia. The 2017 projects were Healthy Pregnancy, Wonder Box, Safe Route to School, and From Disability to Ability. All projects were completed successfully within their scheduled timeframe and commended for their impacts.

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Additionally, 10 participants were selected for an in-Australia Fellowship component in Brisbane, Queensland in June 2017. This two week intensive program will build on the in-Mongolia component and target participants’ individual needs to develop leadership skills and amplify their ability to collaborate, influence and become effective leaders. It will link participants with leaders and organizations in Australia relevant to their experience and allow opportunities for participants to compare and contrast the Australian experience with Mongolia and create further links between Mongolia and Australia.

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Welcome Back Event

A Welcome Back event was organized for graduates who completed their Master's degrees at Australian universities in 2016. Fourteen graduates attended together with an employer representative from the Civil Aviation Authority. Representatives from the Governments of Australia and Mongolia congratulated the graduates and wished them success in their future work in contributing to development of Mongolia.

Mr. Shayne McKenna, First Secretary (Political) at the Australian Embassy congratulated graduates on successfully completing their studies and returning to Mongolia to contribute to its development. He briefed the meeting on the establishment of the Australia's Embassy in Mongolia, priority areas for Australia's aid to Mongolia and the support provided to Mongolia's extractive sector, human resource development and gender equality. He explained the temporary pause of Awards in Mongolia and the recommencement of Scholarship promotions for next year's intake. He provided information about the Global Alumni Network, Mozzies and Women's Leadership Program and encouraged graduates to become part of these opportunities.

Mr Bulgantamir from the Ministry of Finance congratulated the graduates and highlighted the importance of the Program in strengthening human resource capacity in Mongolia and expanding bilateral relationships between the two countries. He also noted the critical mass of graduates working in the Ministry of Finance and their contribution to sector development of the country. He encouraged the graduates to apply the knowledge and skills from their studies.

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Three graduates who specialized in Geoscience, Aviation Management and Finance presented on their Australian experiences, especially the courses they found important and useful, academic environment, facilities and teaching approach, research, cultures and their plans to contribute to their sectors in Mongolia.


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Women's Leadership Program - Networking event

Community Development Project

A unique feature of the WLP is its community development projects designed and implemented by program participants. These projects complement participants' learning experiences by providing opportunities for them to practice newly-acquired leadership skills and at the same time contribute to development in their communities.

Since the WLP launch in October 2016, four teams have formed, each with a unique project to address an important social problems the members identified. At a WLP networking event on January 20, the four teams introduced their respective projects and networked with their stakeholders. The projects being implemented are:

· Healthy pregnancy

· Safe route to school

· From disability to ability

· Education box

Notable guests at the event included His Excellency Ambassador John Langtry, Australia Awards Country Manager Ms Yu. Tsetsgee, Head of the Zorig Foundation Ms S. Oyun and participants from previous WLP cohorts and trainers.

This year thanks to a grant awarded by DFAT's Gender Equality Fund, WLP participants have greater scope to implement more impactful and scalable community projects.

 

Pre-Departure Briefing, Intake 1, 2017

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A Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB) for Intake 1, 2017 was conducted on 25-26 November 2016 at the Australia Awards Mongolia (AAM) conference room and attended by 30 awardees and 20 family members.

Ms Tsetsgee Yundendorj, Country Manager, AAM congratulated e awardees on their success on behalf of AAM team. She explained this intake was largest number ever to be mobilised and expressed her appreciation to DFAT for its continued support for Mongolians to study in Australia. She explained the two-day activities for the PDB before welcoming Mr. Shayne McKenna, First Secretary (Political) from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to open the PBD.

Mr McKenna began by speaking on the "International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women", emphasizing this was a priority of the Australian Government. He mentioned that funds were granted to the National Centre against Violence through the Direct Aid Program to support women and children escaping domestic violence in Mongolia.

Mr. McKenna expressed his delight at the awardees' achievements from selection to their departure and hoped to be able to welcome them on their return. He hoped awardees' studies would be successful and expressed DFAT's expectation that they return to contribute to development in Mongolia in their diverse fields.

The first day of the PDB focused on DFAT's information kit about living and studying in Australia. A number of returned graduates shared their personal experiences in areas such as finding accommodation, bringing family, settling into a new environment, studying and working in Australia. New awardees found this information especially useful.

The second day was dedicated to cultural orientation and sharing experiences. Awardees were grouped into the cities where they would be living and learned from graduates and Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVIDs) from those cities.

The Mongolia-Australia Alumni Association (Mozzies) and Women's Leadership Program (WLP) representatives made presentations and shared their personal and professional experiences.

In total, ten alumni, three Australian volunteers, a Mozzies board member and a WLP participant contributed to the PDB.

Women’s Leadership Program Launch

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Orientation Retreat- Participants, Facilitators and His Excellency Ambassador John Langtry

The third Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) commenced 14 October 2016, with 20 men and women selected from the talented graduates of the Australia Awards Mongolia Program (AAM) who applied. The WLP is a sub-component of the AAM and has over 40 alumni. It is designed to improve the leadership capacity of participants and enhance their professional development. Having completed an Australia Awards Scholarship, the WLP provides participants with a comprehensive leadership and development program through activities focused on developing a unique and gender-aware leadership style. Participants have the opportunity and receive support to design and implement personalized community development projects, addressing issues close to their hearts.

To begin the eight-month program, participants attended a 3-day Orientation Retreat that centered on two overarching program outcomes: leadership and gender equality. It provided a context for the entire program. The orientation covered self-reflection, team building, leadership styles, project management and gender and leadership theory. Participants practiced team building and leadership skills through a range of exercises, while considering and discussing gender-related issues. Ms Carolyn Peterken (Queensland University of Technology) and Mr Walt Jenkins (Zorig Foundation) facilitated leadership and team building sessions, while Ms Oyuntsetseg Oidov (Gender specialist) delivered a seminar on gender equality. Australian Ambassador, His Excellency John Langtry, joined the participants and presented a closing speech to the weekend.

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In process: team building activities

Participants were welcomed to the program by distinguished guests including:
-    His Excellency Ambassador John Langtry of Australia who provided a closing address
-    Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Head of Zorig Foundation, Former Minister for Environment
-    Ms. Tsetsgee Yundendorj, Country Program Manager, AAM
-    Ms. Enkhtuvshin Lunden, Human Resources Development & Partnership Manager, AAM
-    Ms. Unurjargal Lkhanaa, participant of cohort 2 Women’s Leadership Program
-    Ms Carolyn Peterken, Leadership Specialist from Queensland University of Technology
-    Mr. Walt Jenkins, President of Zorig Foundation US.

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In session: WLP 2017

Welcome Back Event

A Welcome Back event was held on 14 September, 2016 for graduates who completed their postgraduate studies in the first half of 2016. One of the 24 graduates completed a PhD, researching primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Mongolia. The other graduates completed Master’s courses, specializing in Commerce, International Business, Public Health, Environmental Policy & Management, Development Practice and Gender Studies.         

His Excellency Mr John Langtry, Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and Mr Batkhuyag, Division Head of Treasury Department at the Ministry of Finance representing the Government of Mongolia made opening remarks. Ambassador Langtry congratulated the graduates on successfully completing their postgraduate studies in Australia. He also shared information on upcoming events being organized through the Australian, such as the Australia Education Fair and Global Alumni Network meeting. He encouraged them to participate in these events. The Ambassador explained the temporary suspension of applications for Australia Awards caused by the reduction in budget allocations.  He also mentioned the benefits graduates can gain from the Mozzies, especially in building and expanding networks with other graduates and between the two countries.

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He concluded by wishing the graduates future success in applying the knowledge and skills gained from their postgraduate studies in Australia    

Mr Batkhuyag from the Ministry of Finance welcomed and congratulated the graduates and briefed them on the benefits of the scholarship program, focusing on its investment in Mongolia’s human resource development and the contribution by alumni in priority development areas. He encouraged the graduates to apply their expanded knowledge and skills to benefit the country’s future development.         

Representing the recently-returned graduates, Ms L. Purevdulam (Master of Environmental Management, University of Queensland) , Mr Erdenebulgan (Master of Environmental Management, Flinders University) and Ms Ch. Oyun (Doctorate in Public Health, Monash University) presented on their academic achievements, research and articles during their study. They also discussed the impacts of their scholarship on their personal development and behaviors, family and children. 

Kh. Nurjan, a participant of the Women’s Leadership Program, briefed the graduates on its content, activities and the benefits she gained from it. She spoke especially about the benefits she gained in relation to leadership, teamwork, refining her knowledge and skills, building confidence and developing networks.  

Mozzies Executive Director, Ms Ariunaa introduced the Mozzies function, structure, activities and benefits and some of the contributions made by its members. She detailed the professional development activities conducted by the Mozzies, using funds allocated by DFAT in the last two years and delivered through the Australia Awards Mongolian program.  The Re-integration Strategy was explained by Ms Enkhee, Human Resource Development & Partnerships Manager, Australia Awards Mongolia. Graduates would soon receive the Action Plan format for them to use to update the plans they submitted when they were still in Australia.    

At the end of the event, the graduates shared their experiences they had in Australia including their specialized courses, research skills, family benefits and future plans and interested areas they want to pursue their academic and professional careers in the future.  

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Pre-Departure Briefing 2016 Semester II intake

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A Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB) for the 2016 Semester II intake was conducted on 29-30 April at the Australia Awards Mongolia conference room and attended by 20 awardees and 15 family members.

The PDB was opened by Mr Shayne McKenna, First Secretary (Political) from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Mongolia and Ms Tsevegjav. S, Officer of the Ministry of Finance from the Government of Mongolia.

Mr McKenna hoped the awardees' studies in Australia would be successful and expressed DFAT's expectation that they return to contribute to development in Mongolia in their diverse fields.

Ms Tsevegjav congratulated the awardees for their achievements and wished them success with their studies. She expressed her appreciation to the Government of Australia for its commitment to the Australia Awards Mongolia program, despite the current economic challenges and reduced budget for aid.

The first day of the PDB focused on the information kit provided by DFAT about living and studying in Australia. A number of returned graduates attended the event, sharing their personal experiences in areas such as finding accommodation, bringing family, settling into the new environment with or without family members, studying and working in Australia. New awardees found this information especially useful.

The second day of the PDB was dedicated to cultural orientation and sharing experiences. Awardees were grouped by the cities where they would be living and learned from the graduates and Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVIDs) from those cities.

The Mongolia-Australia Alumni Association (Mozzies) and Women's Leadership Program (WLP) representatives made presentations on their organizations and shared their personal and professional experiences with the awardees.

Reintegration workshop

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Reintegration workshop 2016 was conducted on 6 April at the Australia Awards Mongolia conference room and attended by 18 alumni.

The workshop was opened by Zoljargal. N, Development Officer from the Australian Embassy in Mongolia. She congratulated the alumni on their achievement s in successfully completing their studies in Australia. She emphasized the importance of reintegration plans and implementing them in ways that acknowledge and recognize Australia's contribution to Mongolia's development. She explained that Australia Awards Scholarships will continue, despite current challenges and temporary reduced budget allocation to Mongolia.

The workshop included 2 sessions:

  • Reflections on living and studying in Australia.

This session of structured interactive discussions was facilitated by Geoff Lacey, M&E adviser on the Australia Awards Mongolia (AAM) program.

  • Open discussion on developing and implementing Reintegration Plans

Enkhtuvshin Lunden, HRD and Partnership Manager on AAM facilitated this session and it provided opportunities for alumni to openly explain achievements and challenges in developing and implementing their Reintegration Plans.

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Of the 18 participants, 17 responded to a 'Preparedness' survey and most confirmed they were well-prepared for their time in Australia. Most respondents found the most challenging part of living in Australia was academic study.

Some alumni are implementing their Reintegration Plans through professional networks and affiliations, promoting their profession and improving public awareness. Others are implementing their proposed activities 'on the job', even if their positions have changed.

Most alumni found that not only academic skills obtained during Australia Awards Scholarship but also social and soft skills are useful in their career development in Mongolia.

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Women's Leadership Program Cohort 2

Program participants and facilitators

The second Women's Leadership Program (WLP) commenced in December 2015 with 20 participants selected from talented graduates of the Australia Awards Mongolia (AAM).

The WLP is a sub-component of the AAM program. It is designed to improve alumni's leadership skills and to enhance professional development after completing an Australia Award. The WLP provides a comprehensive leadership and development program for selected alumni with activities focused on developing their unique leadership capacities. Furthermore, WLP gives participants opportunities to design and implement community development projects that address some pressing issues in our society.

The opening ceremony took place on 5 December, 2015 with guests including the Consul General Mr Brendon Coyne, AAM Country Manager Ms Tsetsgee Yundendorj, Head of the Zorig Foundation (ZF) Ms Oyun Sanjaasuren, Secretary of National Committee on Gender Equality Ms Bolormaa Mashlai and participants from the first WLP. The event was an excellent opportunity for participants to familiarize with the program and network with the first cohort participants and the AAM team.

Networking Event Inaugural Ceremony

After the opening ceremony, participants took part in a 3-day orientation retreat, focused on the two key outcomes: leadership and gender equality. This retreat included topics on self-reflection, team-building, leadership styles, mentorship, project management and gender. Participants practiced team-building, leadership skills, engaging in experimental and entertaining activities to demonstrate them. They also investigated and explored gender-related issues Ms Carolyn Peterken from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Mr Walt Jenkins (ZF) facilitated leadership and team-building sessions and Gender Specialist, Ms Oyuntsetseg Oidov, led a seminar on gender equality.

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Participants also attended themed lunch forums with influential leaders and seminar events focused on improving key leadership skills. They also formed into teams and began designing their community development projects.

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Welcome Back Event for Australia Awards Alumni

A Welcome Back Event was held on 10 March 2016 for recent Australia Awards graduates. The event was attended by representatives from the Governments of Australia and Mongolia, employers and alumni from the 2015 2nd intake.

His Excellency Mr. John Langtry, Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and Mr Gantsogt, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance made opening remarks. His Excellency Mr Langtry congratulated the graduates on successfully completing their postgraduate studies in Australia and highlighted the key objectives and benefits of the program to Mongolia's development. He also explained the reduced aid funding to Mongolia and its impact on the Program budget and thanked employers who came to the event in support of their employees.

State Secretary welcomed and congratulated the graduates

State Secretary, Mr Gantsogt welcomed and congratulated the graduates and briefed them on the benefits of the scholarship program, using the group of alumni at the Ministry as an example. He also provided information on Mozzies, especially its benefits and importance to building a bridge between the two countries.

Ms B. Tsendsuren, Master of Environmental and Resource Economics from The Australian National University, Mr G. Bat-Orshikh, Master of Finance and Economics from the University of Adelaide and Mr B. Munkhtuya, Master of Development Practice from the University of Queensland made presentations on different aspects of studying, living and working experiences. They outlined their new academic knowledge, courses attended, research undertaken, people-to-people relationships and culture in Australia. They also suggested ways to improve scholarship benefits.

Ms B. Bayarmaa, who participated in both the in-Mongolia and in-Australia components of Women Leadership Program, reflected on her experiences with the Program. She especially focused on how her skills and knowledge were enhanced and the focus on developing confidence-building and networking skills. She encouraged the graduates to participate in the Program.

Graduates shared their knowledge, skills and work experiences and provided advice and suggestions on incorporating internships as part of the scholarships program

Graduates shared their knowledge, skills and work experiences and provided advice and suggestions on incorporating internships as part of the scholarships program. The HRD & Partnerships Manager, Ms Enkhee Lunden introduced and explained the Program Re-integration Strategy and other alumni networking activities.

Closing the event, Country Program Manager, Ms Tsetsgee Yundendorj hoped the alumni successful reintegrated to their workplaces and Mongolia generally, with many personal and professional achievements. She shared recent news of an alumnus in the private sector who applied his communication, management, English, marketing and other skills to translate and publish a comprehensive guide on muscle development; one in the series of six books. She encouraged the graduates to aspire to similar achievements.

Opening of English Language Training

Mongolia awardsThe Australia Awards Mongolia English language training courses, funded by the Australian Government, were launched at Santis Educational Services on 29 February. The courses will assist 34 selected awardees to improve their English language proficiency to meet entry requirement into their Australian universities. The launch was attended by His Excellency, John Langtry, Ambassador of Australia to Mongolia, Embassy staff, Australia Awards Mongolia (AAM) representatives, course students and teachers from Santis.

In his opening remarks, His Excellency, Mr Langtry, congratulated the awardees and wished them success in their studies. He explained that because of changes to budget allocations, the number of scholarships provided by the Government of Australia (GoA) had reduced in many countries, including Mongolia. He emphasized, however, the GoA will ensure that all current awardees in Australia can complete their studies and that every candidate selected in 2014 and merit-listed in 2015 will be mobilized within three years. As a result, the Program will not be promoted for new applications in either 2016 or 2017. His speech was warmly received by the audience as it clarified uncertainties that had lingered for some time.

Santis's teaching team explained there would be two courses, depending on awardees levels of English proficiency. Those with lower IELTS/TOEFL scores will be released from their workplaces to attend a full-time 9-month course, while those with higher scores will attend a 10-week Academic Preparation course conducted jointly by Santis and Queensland University. Santis IELTS Teacher, Mr. Oliver Scott, focused on IELTS and academic studies in Australia while Santis's Academic Preparation teacher Ms. Amalia Rubin, congratulated the highly-motived students with clear goals and said: "Bring yourself with your effort; leave everything else to Santis".

Santis CEO Ms. Orgilmaa distributed two handbooks to guide attendees in their respective courses.

Ms. Tsetsgee, Country Program Manager, AAM, welcomed students to the ELT, thanked the GoA for its continued support to young Mongolian professionals who are committed to contribute to Mongolia's development after completing their studies in Australia. She stressed the compulsory and full-time nature of the courses, especially its face-to-face teaching/learning mode. She challenged the awardees to support each other and help Santis to help them to do their best.

Two alumni from the previous ELT program shared their learning experiences and provided constructive feedback to the Embassy, AAM and Santis on their achievements so far.

These presentations were followed by a short Q&A session in which the awardees again thanked the GoA for its support and asked questions, including the number of awards for particular intakes.

Mr. Andrew Orgill, Director of Inlingu school closed the event by saying that everyone in the room had a common goal to support each person to achieve his/her goal and have them ready to mobilise to Australia to begin their studies.

Empowering Teenage Mothers in Dornod Province, Mongolia

The Princess Center for protecting girls and young women’s rights, empowers those dealing with complicated social problems through services such as counseling, vocational skills training, support group activities and community events. The Princess Center builds the capacity of its beneficiaries through Young Mothers’ Club activities – a participatory club of teenage mothers up to 20 years old - and addresses policy advocacy through nationwide campaigns, lobbying meetings and online activism.

Between June and October 2015 the Princess Center implemented the Young Mothers’ Empowerment Program (YMEP) in Dornod province with financial support from Australia Awards Mongolia through the MOZZIES Association (Mongolia Australia Society) Professional Development Fund.

YMEP was designed by the Princess Center based on its 10 years of experiences providing socio-psychological counseling and social work services to teenage mothers. The special feature of this program is an integration of long-term social work services and empowerment activities such as educational training, discussions and field trips. Through this program, the Princess Center aimed to empower teenage mothers in a remote area of Mongolia through strong participation of local social workers.

The Princess Center collaborated with the Agency of Children and Family Development in Dornod province (ACFD) to implement the YMEP.

This project had two main components:

  • Capacity building of local social workers
  • Implementation of YMEP

In the end of June 2015, staff members of the Princess Center visited Choibalsan city and provided capacity building training to 19 local social workers on the academic methodology of social work services to teenage mothers.

YMEP started from August 2015 in Dornod province and 15 teenage mothers were selected as project beneficiaries. Each beneficiary received 8-10 individual counseling sessions and access to social work support services for 3 months, including:

  • to get Identification card or certificate of birth registration
  • to access the social welfare benefits such as maternity and child allowances;
  • to place in the shelter house to protect against domestic violence
  • to re-integrate with family members
  • to vaccinate babies
  • to provide in-kind assistance such as diapers, clothes, nutrition for kids and food
  • to place in the nursing house for rehabilitation
  • to involve in various vocational skills trainings

The young mothers also participated in six sessions of various educational training covering:

sexual and reproductive health (STD, contraceptives and safe abortion) and

·life skills (self-esteem, self-expression and caring children)

Project Outcomes & Impact

The following outcomes were identified by the Princess Center:

a. Social workers in Dornod province were trained on teenage pregnancy and learnt and provided professional support to teenage mothers who needed support and assistance. ACFD agreed to continue their professional activity to support teenage mothers each social worker working with 1 teenage mother per year.

b. ACFD will continue this project in 2016 and implement YMEP based on their own resources with collaboration of other governmental organizations of Dornod province.

c. Addionally, Dornod province will celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child every year and bring girls’ rights issues into public attention.

Total number of direct beneficiaries of the project reached to 181 people with the details followed:

  • Clients of social work service – 15 girls
  • Social workers - 15 people
  • Participants of "Sustainable Development Goals and dreams of 2030 girls" campaign - 120 teenage girls
  • Participants in discussions - 30 representatives

Indirect beneficiaries' number reached to 280 as detailed below:

  • Family members of clients - 30 people (minimum)
  • Friends and family members of "SDGs and dreams of 2030 girls" - 240 people (minimum)
  • Director and teachers of the School №1 – 10 people

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Tracer survey of Scholarship Alumni

Scholarships offered by the Australian government aim to develop the skills and knowledge of selected Mongolian citizens so they can drive change and contribute to development in Mongolia.

DFAT and the Australia Awards team in Mongolia want to learn more about the experiences of graduates once they return home. In particular, we are keen to understand how well graduates applied the knowledge and skills gained from their studies in Australia, when back at work in Mongolia and whether there are continuing links with Australians or Australian organisations.

To achieve this, we are conducting a tracer study survey in November 2015. We have selected a cross-section of alumni from different graduation years, sectors and categories who we will contact to invite them to participate in a brief telephone or in-person survey of four questions. Each interview should take about 30 minutes at most.

If any alumnus especially wants to be interviewed as part of this exercise, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 11-318852 by no later than 15th November, 2015.

Mozzies 2014-15 Professional Development Activities

The Mozzies Association had a very successful 2014-2015, especially the Mozzies Alumni Program (MAP) which received funding from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australia Awards Mongolia. This funding helped the Mozzies continue to develop new activities, training and programs to encourage professional development and networking for its more than 200 members.

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Highlights from the 2014-2015 MAP included:

  • The Mozzies Annual Conference attended by more than 50 members. It praised the activities organized so far, decided the new Board composition and identified activities to be implemented through MAP, etc.
  • 7 Mozzies took advantage of the "Call for proposals to take part in international conference/workshop/seminar" and attended events at locations including Australia, Germany, USA and Malaysia. The beneficiaries shared information with members and Mrs. Nergui presented on conferences in Mongolia and overseas, especially on what the benefits of participating in international conferences.
  • There was a special meeting of Mozzies with H.E. Ambassador of Mongolia in Australia, Mr Bold, where he shared information about the relationship between the two countries and learned about Mozzies' activities. The meeting reinforced the good working relationship between the Mozzies Association and Embassy of Mongolia in Australia.
  • There were two new-graduate seminars, welcoming AAM graduates returning from Australia. These events are very popular, encouraging graduates to share their experiences and the professional knowledge they gained while in Australia. They are also important networking tools, to help them establish new contacts and reintegrate into Mongolia.
  • The first Mozzies' "Knowledge Sharing Seminars" commenced and was highly successful. Four Mozzies who recently returned to Mongolia presented on Sustainable Development in IT. Many more sessions are planned for the coming year
  • Close to AUD3,000 was awarded to the Princess Center, an NGO run by Mozzies members to support education for young mothers. This was a new activity for Mozzies, showing that the Association has expanded its scope to support the broader community, not only serving its members.
  • A short film was produced detailing the story of the Mozzies and will be used to promote the association and convey its purpose and commitment to stronger Australia-Mongolia relations.
  • Through the MAP funding, the Mozzies website (www.mozzies.mn) was redeveloped and upgraded to provide a stronger face for the Mozzies brand and increase awareness about the association.

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Through DFAT's support, the Mozzies Association was able to develop and deliver a range of highly beneficial activities for its members. With membership growing every year, it continues to build its strong partnership with DFAT to the benefit of existing members and graduates as they return from Australia.

Review Workshop

A Review Workshop for Australia Awards alumni back in Mongolia for two years after completing their study in Australia was successfully conducted on 15th October, 2015 at the Program office. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Program Officer briefed the group on Australia's aid policy; especially possible impacts on the scholarship program in Mongolia.
Following the briefing, graduates shared experiences and gave examples of how they were applying new knowledge and skills inside and outside their workplaces. Most highlighted the importance of practical knowledge and soft skills, such as creative and critical thinking and analytical, interpersonal and communication skills, they had developed through their research, analysis and communication with lecturers.
They shared their progress in implementing Action Plans since they had returned, explaining how they addressed challenges and difficulties and came to understand the possibilities that came from the tasks in their Action Plans. Some had initiated cooperative approaches between their organizations to improve performance. This helped them use their new capacity and take advantage of networks they had developed during their study in Australia.
Some graduates wanted to build working relationships with other graduates in their work areas to share information and discuss common opportunities, challenges and needs.
After this discussion, the Human Resource Development and Partnerships Manager, outlined opportunities and options to expand networks with individuals and companies through organisations and initiatives such as Austrade, AustCham, the Women's Leadership Program and the Mozzies. She also explained there was funding available to them through the Mozzies for professional development.
Graduates were encouraged to show initiative and approach AAM for support; an offer well-received by graduates.

 

Australia Awards Mongolia: explanation of changes

The following information is to clarify the situation for the Australia Awards scholarship program in 2015, and for the following two years.

Background

In May 2015, the Australian Government handed down its annual budget. The budget included reductions in foreign aid for many countries, including Mongolia. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has since developed strategies to manage and implement these changes in Mongolia.

DFAT has decided that, despite reductions to the budget, awardees already studying in Australia will be able to complete their studies. This commitment absorbed much of the available funding for the Australia Awards program. DFAT is also committed to ensuring that all individuals that have already received an award (in 2013 and 2014) but have not yet commenced study in Australia will be able to take up a scholarship, albeit with a delay to their commencement. Unfortunately, these two decisions have meant there are limited funds to mobilise new awardees.

While everyone is disappointed that the same number of scholarships cannot be offered at this time, the process to manage the situation is fair, reasonable and provides the best outcome for Mongolia.

A number of questions have been raised about this situation and responses to the most common queries are given below.

Merit-listed candidates: what does this mean?

In June 2015, 70 short-listed candidates were interviewed in the final stage of the selection process. Based on these interviews, the interview panel recommended the Australian Government consider 44 candidates for Australia Awards scholarships. These were the candidates with the necessary skills and attributes to complete postgraduate studies in Australia and return to Mongolia to contribute to its development. The 44 candidates were from both the public and private sectors and they were notified by letter in September 2015.

At this stage, the number of scholarships available for the next three years is uncertain due to limited funding. Therefore, these 44 nominated candidates have been placed on a list from which scholarship offers will be made when scholarships become available. This is known as the merit list of candidates, and it will exist up to mid-2018.

As scholarship opportunities become available over that timeframe, candidates on this merit list will be offered Australia Awards scholarships. Candidates have been told their ranking on the merit list and offers will be made in merit order, that is, the highest-ranked candidates (whether they are from Category 1 or Category 2), will be offered scholarships first. Offers will continue up to and including March 2018, the placement date for the intake for semester 2, 2018.

After that time, the merit list will cease. Anyone who has not been made an offer by March 2018 will need to re-apply. The Australia Awards Mongolia office will contact any candidate who has not been made an offer by that time and explain that they need to re-apply.

Offers of scholarships depend on funding being available. Although we hope that by mid-2018 all those on the merit list will be made an offer, this may not be the case. Unfortunately, being on the merit list does not guarantee a candidate will receive an offer of an Australia Award scholarship.

If any of the candidates would prefer to withdraw from the scholarship process, DFAT respects their decision and appreciates their interest in the Australia Awards program. Such individuals should contact the Australia Awards Mongolia office.

Reserve-listed candidates: what does this mean?

In addition to the 44 nominated candidates, the interview panel recommended a group of reserve candidates. The reserve candidates were notified by letter in September 2015. These candidates can be offered scholarships if all candidates on the merit list have been made offers and scholarship places are still available.

Reserve candidates can be considered for scholarships up to March 2018. If no offer has been made by then, they will need to re-apply.

How long will I wait to be offered a scholarship?

Candidates on the merit list (and the reserve candidates) will be considered for scholarships as they become available up to and including the intake for semester 2, 2018.

It is not possible to set a timeline for when an individual will be offered a scholarship, apart from saying that it will be no longer than three years. If an offer has not been made by March 2018, those on the merit list or reserve list will have to re-apply. They will be notified by the Australia Awards Mongolia office if this is the case.

Can I improve my chances of being offered a scholarship?

Candidates will be offered scholarships in the order they were ranked by the selection panel in 2015. The panel considered all aspects of their applications to create the merit order. Candidates cannot change the order of the merit list.

How long will this situation continue?

At this stage, it is unlikely there will be calls for applications for Australia Awards for the next two years; that is, in 2016 and 2017. If funding becomes available, a small number of additional scholarships may become available, but they will be offered to candidates on the merit list, in the first instance.

If changed circumstances allow another round of applications in 2016 and 2017, it will be widely publicised in the media and on this website.

Where do I get more information?

If you want general information about the Australia Awards scholarship program, or clarification on how they will be managed over the next three years, please contact the Australia Awards Mongolia office.

It will be worth visiting this website regularly. As new information becomes available, it will be posted here as soon as possible.

 

Welcome Back Seminar for Australia Awards Alumni

A Welcome-back seminar for awardees, who completed their postgraduate courses at Australian universities in the second semester of 2015, was held on 18 September 2015 at the Australia Awards Mongolia Office. The seminar's key purposes were to welcome and congratulate the graduates, share their academic experiences, their reintegration plans and innovative ideas they want to introduce in Mongolia and to provide information on networking and professional development opportunities.
The seminar was attended by over 30 participants, including Australia's Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Mr Brendan Coyne and Ms S. Tsevegjav, from the Office of Overseas Development Aid Division, Ministry of Finance, employers' representatives, graduates and members from Program Thematic Advisory Groups.

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Mr Coyne and Ms Tsevegjav made opening remarks. They congratulated the graduates on successfully completing their postgraduate studies in Australia and highlighted the importance and benefits of the Program in developing human resources in Mongolia and enhancing development and business cooperation between the people and organizations of the two countries.
Ms Zoljargal Nyamjav, DFAT Program Officer and Mr Neville Saunderson, Australia Awards Mongolia Program Manager congratulated and welcomed the graduates. They noted the skills graduates developed through long-term postgraduate studies in Australia have contributed to Mongolia and hoped the returning graduates could successfully apply their knowledge, skills and new ideas in priority areas of national development.

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As representatives of graduates from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of academic qualifications, S. Usukhbayar, MA of Laws (The University of Queensland), Ts. Munkhbayar, MA of Finance (Australian National University) and A. Batkhishig, PhD (Flinders University) made presentations. They discussed different aspects of their study and life experiences including academic environments, achievements, challenges, courses, research, people-to-people relationships and culture, family benefits, Australia's education system and new ideas they hoped to implement in their workplaces.
Ms S. Enkhtsetseg , who participated in both the in-Mongolia and in-Australia components of the Women's Leadership Program, provided a briefing about the program. She outlined its purpose, content and benefits and explained how the program improved participants' leadership skills and knowledge, networking and project development skills and their understanding of gender equality at all levels. She shared her personal experiences and understanding of the importance of leadership skills and team management especially for women working at decision-making levels and her efforts through the program to build her knowledge and skills important for emerging women leaders.
Ms Ariunaa, Mozzies CEO, presented on Mozzies activities, its membership profile and future plans for professional development activities and knowledge transfer. She encouraged all graduates to become active members of Mozzies, participate in different activities and expand their networks with Australians and Mongolians in business and development sectors.
At the end of the seminar, the graduates participated in a round-table discussion on the benefits and achievements of their academic studies, shared their future plans to apply their expanded and specialized knowledge and skills and suggested ways to work and contribute together in their fields to drive Mongolia's development.

 

Leading Mongolia's Biotechnology Research

Summer holidays spent with his grandparents in a small village called Gachuurt, about 20 kilometres outside Ulaanbaatar, could easily have helped determine Ariunbold Usukhbayar's future career path.
Usukhbayar, who holds three different positions with the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (MNUMS), lived with his Grandmother, a Paediatrician; and his Grandfather, a university lecturer; and cousins - during his secondary school summer holidays.
"Perhaps it was my Grandmother's emphasis on medicine and healthy lifestyle that eventually led me in the direction of medicine", Usukhbayar said.
In secondary school, Usukhbayar immediately took to both Biology and Mathematics.
He showed a natural aptitude for both subjects by representing his school and district in the Biology and Maths Olympiads, and following secondary school, Usukhbayar completed a six-year program at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia to graduate with a Medical Doctor and a Bachelor of Science degree.
While at university, he earned money during vacations by working as a tour guide for English-speaking tourists – giving him a chance to experience different cultural habits and to improve his English.
After graduating with his Medical degree, Usukhbayar was invited to join the University as a Lecturer – in Medical Biology and Histology.
In his two years as a Lecturer, he established and mentored several student clubs and became fully involved in both the social and academic aspects of the University. He also took any opportunity to present papers at conference in academia.
"I liked lecturing... no subject is boring; it's all about how you communicate the subject matter to students."
Usukhbayar chose the University of Queensland (UQ) as the location for his Australia Award studies, after thorough research had shown him that UQ excelled in Biotechnology and health sciences and its commercialization in the world.
He spent the next two years in Australia, in intensive study to complete his Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) and Innovation Management in minor program.
"Our own university in Mongolia was just about to extend its expertise into biotechnology, so it was important to make sure that we were completely up to date with the most recent developments and technologies", Usukhbayar said.
Arriving in Queensland in January 2011, Usukhbayar encountered the worst flooding in the State for almost 40 years – when it rained for almost four weeks straight.
"I spent the first two months in an old-style Queensland home (central core rooms surrounded on most sides by open verandas), where I had to contend with being attacked by mosquitoes, and put up with damp clothes caused by the high humidity."
Like others during the floods, Usukhbayar helped many people whose homes had been flooded and who had lost all of their possessions.
"That was my first experience of just how generous Australians could be", he said.
"I was pleased to be part of that community spirit and to be able to see just how warm-hearted Australians are."
Mr. Usukhbayar with his supervisor Prof. Ross Thomas BarnardOnce his wife joined him in Brisbane, Usukhbayar travelled extensively around Australia – from the Great Barrier Reef in the far north, to the Gold Coast, Blue Mountains, Sydney and Melbourne, and to the Great Ocean Road in the South.
"We even got a chance to try scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and to swim amongst schools of Nemos and other sea creatures", he laughed.
While in Australia, his wife, a doctor, worked as a volunteer as well as assistant to doctor at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane – a long-established hospital, which opened in 1906 and offers both public (free) and private medical services.
Returning to Mongolia in early 2013 with a "bag full of ideas", Usukhbayar realised that universities in the country were not yet good at marketing their skills and knowledge – and still had to build expertise in developing public-private partnerships (PPPs).
Selected from a wide field of applicants, in 2013 he travelled to Tokyo for an Intellectual Property Cooperation in Human Resource Development Program of the Japan Patent Office, one-month intensive course on the topic of intellectual property, commercialisation and entrepreneurship, with 24 other representatives of 12 countries.
As a member of National committee to establish Science Technology Park in Mongolia, in 2013 he travelled to Taiwan with other representatives from government agencies and the major universities to gain experience on technology incubation within universities.

Since returning to the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, he has established a dedicated Technology Transfer office, while undertaking his responsibilities for three simultaneous roles as Head of Division for International Relations; Secretary of the University's Technology Board; and Corresponding Secretary of the University's main Health Science Journal.
Usukhbayar has also developed the university policies on innovation, technology transfer, start-up company, trademarks, and research management.
"And we are just about to open a modern biomedical research laboratory – the Core Research Laboratory at the university"
With such a successful academic and professional career already behind him, Usukhbayar is in a good position to offer advice to potential Australia Awards applicants.
"Before applying for a scholarship, it is crucially important to determine what you want to learn and gain. Set several goals to achieve, develop the necessary language skills, and prepare early", he advised.
"Also, it is important to stay in touch with your job colleagues and your supervisors back in Mongolia while you are on award."
His own plans for the future are just as clear as the advice he offers potential Australia Award applicants.
He intends helping universities to develop skills in knowledge based economy; increasing commercialisation of intellectual property; and encouraging multi-national corporation investment in Mongolia to establish high-tech companies.
Appreciative of the opportunity for personal and national development the Australia Awards program has provided, Usukhbayar is a strong advocate for the scholarships:
"An Australia Award scholarship offers world-class education and training to fulfil academic goals, while also providing a generous stipend to cover life in Australia, and excellent conditions for those awardees who want to take their family with them to Australia.
In April 2015, Australia Awards Mongolia caught up again with Usukhbayar.
Six months after first being interviewed, Usukhbayar is still very closely involved with key technology transfer challenges and development at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences (MNUMS), particularly now that the planned biomedical research facility – the Core Research Laboratory - is open.
Equally important to Usukhbayar, however, is his new responsibility as part of the Government's "Competitive Mongolian Citizen" program.
"The Program, which is very large, is intended to support Mongolian citizens to become more competitive at the Global level", Usukhbayar said.
"It is organised around four main groups – with each group involving active participants from government, industry and universities."
As a head of the "National Innovation System" Group, Usukhbayar is involved in assessing five proposals for "start-up" companies, although he acknowledges that the global model for establishing private-public partnerships (PPP) may not apply yet in Mongolia.
"There are still eight or nine laws that need to be amended to ensure such collaborative activities are possible and are supported", he said.
And while universities and industry are keen to collaborate on making the most of new and emerging technologies, there is not yet a suitable operational framework in place to encourage productive partnerships.
"A university lecturer may come up with a great new idea, but as yet, there is no harmonisation of laws and legislation to make the most of that innovative concept", Usukhbayar explained.
"When the National Innovation System is working, the framework will be in place and it will allow and encourage harmonisation across different sectors – and assist university professors to take advantage of the knowledge-based economy."
Usukhbayar explains the five main objectives of the National Innovation System proposal:
"Clearly, the first objective is to harmonise the legislation to allow change to happen", he said.
"Next, we need to stimulate professors by disseminating information about the knowledge-based economy across our universities."
The third stage involves getting industry and universities together, to encourage meaningful collaboration - as universities often consider opportunities from a different perspective to that of the private sector.
"Establishing an 'innovation ecosystem' requires finding reliable and acceptable sources of venture capital; this is the fourth objective", Usukhbayar said.
"And the final National Innovation System objective is to support local technology companies – but to do this in a systematic, planned and equitable cycle, and to ensure that partnerships remain fully aware of their social responsibilities", he added.

 

Womes's Leadership Program Newsletter No.3

The Women's Leadership Program (WLP) has been running since January 2015 and a special feature were the four community development projects designed and implemented by participants. These projects complemented participants' learning experiences by providing opportunities for them to practice their leadership skills while at the same time develop their personal beliefs and values. There were four teams, each with a project to address an identified social problem, but with a particular emphasis on gender equality

Happy and Healthy Mongolia

The Happy and Healthy Mongolia project aimed to promote healthy lifestyles for men and women across various age groups by promoting simple exercise routines designed to energize and invigorate body and spirit. The Happy and Healthy Mongolia team successfully launched its project on 6 June at Chinggis Square by showcasing their exercises to an audience of 1500 people and distributing flyers and bookmarks with exercise routines.
To achieve their project outcomes, team members used various media channels to raise community awareness for healthy lifestyles and organized fund-raising events for potential international and national donors. One outcome of the project – Walk Walk - is being aired by LikeHD channels every morning at 8.05 AM and on SPS World channel every morning at 8.45 AM.

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Creative Aging

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The Creative Aging project aimed to contribute to economic development in Mongolia by improving the knowledge of senior citizens and reintegrating them into the workforce. In an attempt to promote reintegration of senior citizens into labor market, the team provided senior consultant Ms Tsend-Ayush with a part-time job teaching 5th grade pupils of the 5th Secondary school. The lessons were recorded for sharing and encouraging senior employment. The team also created an official website – www.ahmad-ue.mn for the Mongolian Seniors Association (MSA) in collaboration with MSA employees. The website provides senior citizens with a platform to share their views and gain up-to-date information. The Creative Aging team is currently preparing for a forum where they plan to discuss seniors' thoughts on the website and incorporate their feedback to improve the website.

Hands for Change

The Hands for Change project aimed to contribute to the development of deaf children by incorporating sign language interpretation to children's TV shows and raising community awareness about the need for sign language interpretation on children shows. To achieve this goal, the team organized a fundraising event called Sundowners, where they introduced their project to potential local and international donors and raised funds by selling and auctioning deaf children's handcrafts and collecting donations. Within 5 months, the team successfully broadcast 8 children's shows with sign language interpretation on NTV and TV8 and contributed to a governmental regulation that standardized sign language interpretation for children's TV shows.

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Improved and Excellent Family through Reading

The Improved and Excellent Family through Reading project focused on the Unur Bul orphan center and aimed to help underprivileged kids by educating them through reading. Within the framework of this project the team raised funds by selling handmade items made by the children of Unur Bul center and introducing the project to potential public and private donors including the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Save the Children NGO, PwC, Development Interlink NGO, Mongolian Business Institute and others. To expand Unur Bul center's network and promote its needs, the team organized a grand opening ceremony for the project and invited stakeholders such as Zorig Foundation, Australia Awards Mongolia, Children's Book Palace, private and individual donors. The team also trained librarians, teachers and students on reading techniques and methods to ensure sustainability of the project.

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Women’s Leadership Program Update

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Women's Leadership Program (WLP) participants have been active since their Orientation Retreat (29 January – 1 February 2015). They have attended forums with influential leaders and seminar workshops to improve their managerial and leadership skills. They have also had opportunities to attend networking events to expand their professional links and improve mentorship skills.

Activities successfully completed to date are:

  • Orientation Retreat and Leadership training
  • Forums with presentations by:
    • Ms Khulan D, Founder of Tavan Bogd
    • Members of Parliament: Oyun S MP; Oyungerel Ts MP; Batchimeg M MP
    • Ms Munkhuu D, renowned feminist and activist
    • Ambassador Piper Campbell, US Ambassador to Mongolia.
  • Seminars on:
    • Gender mainstreaming and the global experience and discussion on gender barriers in Mongolia and their relationships with Human Resource policy and tools
    • Mastering the media with particular insights into using media tools effectively for self-branding and promoting ideas
    • Networking to use self-branding and promoting of ideas and extracting value from networks
    • The art of public speaking.
  • A networking event on Corporate Governance and the Importance of Corporate Quotas in the Participation of Women with presentations by Ms Undraa A, Ms Onchinsuren D and Mr Unenbat J.
  • A social activity, attending the opera 'Carmen' to celebrate International Women's Day

In total, WLP participants have attended 13 events. The events have generated positive feedbacks from participants.

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Within the frames of WLP, participants have designed and are currently implementing 4 different community development projects including:

1. Success Through Reading
Implementing a small-scale education program along at the national orphanage Unur Bul center. The participants plan to renovate and equip a library and a spare room for children to read, develop and play with creative toys to improve IQ and brain development (some facilities for disabled kids), train teachers, librarians and some senior students, and increase the center's networking and communities.

2. Walk, Walk, Walk Mongolia
Creating healthy walking program and fitness videotapes for young and elderly to promote healthy lifestyle. Majority of the work will be video promotions and publicity and creating a public campaign for walk.

3. Creative Aging
Promoting the reintegration of pensioners into the workforce through consultations, working to provide services for retirees, and reintegrating them into society by engaging them in lecturer series to young professionals

4. Support through Sign Language Standardization
A campaign to raise awareness for the need of sign language interpretation of children's shows to help integrate them better into society. The campaign aims to support TV kids' shows to get translations and to work at the policy level to standardize the practice.

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WLP participants have actively used Facebook to exchange views on gender equality and leadership and to reflect on key points raised in discussions at forums and seminars.

Through the WLP, participants have learned, among other things, to:

  • "adopt different leadership styles depending on circumstances"
  • "compromise on small things to achieve bigger goals"
  • "learn from failure and criticisms".

In relation to the WLP's central theme of gender equality, forum and seminar guest speakers and presenters have delivered common messages that women should support each other and complement each other's work and achievements.

 

Pre-Departure Briefing 2015 Semester II intake

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IMG 3179Ms. B. Tsendsuren, who commenced her Australia Award study for a Master of Environmental and Resource Economics at Australian National University in January, 2014, won the Helen Hughes Graduate Diploma Prize, achieving the highest results among all other scholars studying Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy of Australian National University.
When she was studying in an undergraduate course of Economics at Hacettepe University in Turkey, Ms Tsendsuren became more interested in environmental economics, as she believed that it was the most challenging issue for Mongolia. After completing a BA degree, she joined the Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, and worked in an area of clean development and climate change issues for four years.
Ms Tsendsuren said: "I chose a Masters in Environmental and Resource Economics because I had a plenty of experience with the Ministry in that field; I also found that very few environmental and resource economists can provide professional support and advice on efficient and effective use of the huge natural resources in our country, yet with a balance of keeping the wilderness and natural beauty of the nature in Mongolia".
IMG 3189Thanks to her Australia Awards Scholarship, Ms Tsendsuren had an opportunity to study at one of Australia's most prestigious universities and to focus only on her study. She noted that her classmates, her lecturers, and the favorable learning environment and facilities helped a lot in her achieving this special and distinctive prize, which is provided to the best student every year since 1993.

 

An Australian Awardee from Mongolia has just won a prestigious prize in Economics at the Australian National University

B. Tsendsuren (Australian Awardee) and Prof.Tom Kompas, Director of Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics (ACBEE)

Ms. B. Tsendsuren, who commenced her Australia Award study for a Master of Environmental and Resource Economics at Australian National University in January, 2014, won the Helen Hughes Graduate Diploma Prize, achieving the highest results among all other scholars studying Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy of Australian National University.
When she was studying in an undergraduate course of Economics at Hacettepe University in Turkey, Ms Tsendsuren became more interested in environmental economics, as she believed that it was the most challenging issue for Mongolia. After completing a BA degree, she joined the Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, and worked in an area of clean development and climate change issues for four years.
Ms Tsendsuren said: "I chose a Masters in Environmental and Resource Economics because I had a plenty of experience with the Ministry in that field; I also found that very few environmental and resource economists can provide professional support and advice on efficient and effective use of the huge natural resources in our country, yet with a balance of keeping the wilderness and natural beauty of the nature in Mongolia".
Thanks to her Australia Awards Scholarship, Ms Tsendsuren had an opportunity to study at one of Australia's most prestigious universities and to focus only on her study. She noted that her classmates, her lecturers, and the favorable learning environment and facilities helped a lot in her achieving this special and distinctive prize, which is provided to the best student every year since 1993.

 

Women's Leadership Program Commenced its' Implementation by Orientation Retreat

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WLP orientation retreat weekend was a success
Australia Awards is proud to welcome 25 Mongolian Australian Development Scholarship graduates to the Women's Leadership Program (WLP), which will be delivered in Mongolia for the next 8 months.

Participants began the program over the weekend of 30 January 2015 at Rye Spa Resort and geared up for what will be a life-changing experience! The 3-day orientation retreat, which covered topics such as self-reflection, leadership, delegation, mentorship, communication skills, project management and gender specific issues was very successful.

Participants were welcomed to the retreat and the program by
• Ms Tsetsgee Yundendorj, Australia Awards Country Program Manager,
• Ms Bolormaa Mashlai, National Committee on Gender Equality Secretary
• Ms Kate Nethercott Wilson, Coffey's Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser,
• Mr Zolboo Bayaraa, Program Officer with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),
• Ms Carolyn Peterken, Leadership Specialist from Queensland University of Technology
• Ms Oyun Sanjaasuren, Member of Parliament / Head of Zorig Foundation.

At the retreat, participants engaged in exercises on gender, perceptions, advocacy and inquiry and the ladder of inference. They also practiced many experimental fun activities to demonstrate leadership skills and teamwork.

Attendance at the orientation workshop was excellent with an average of 89.3% over the three days and the workshop evaluation survey showed 92% of participants were satisfied with it.

As they progress through the WLP, participants will undergo transformational experiences in their personal growth and development that will empower them, as they confront new challenges in their personal and professional lives. As part of the program and a requirement for successfully graduating from it, they will collaborate to develop five group community projects in areas such as economic development, environment, information technology and health. upon graduating the program.

Background to the WLP
Participants at the orientation seminarThe Australia Awards Mongolia Program commenced on 1 July 2013, with the goal to improve human resource capacity in Mongolia. The WLP is an important initiative to provide professional development to improve leadership skills and improve opportunities for Australia Awards alumni, especially women graduates, to compete successfully for leadership positions to compete successfully for senior leadership positions.

The initiative is offered in two stages; an in-Mongolia component managed by Zorig Foundation and Munkhchuluun Foundation which leads to an in-Australia fellowship for selected participants.

The WLP is an important part of the Australian Government's development support to Mongolia delivered by its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

2014

Women's Leadership Program Launch

Оn 5 November 2014, Australia Awards Mongolia launched the Women’s Leadership Program at Bayangol Restaurant Over 150 distinguished guests and Australia Awards alumni attended the event. This program is a new initiative, supported by the Governments of Australia and Mongolia that aims to improve leadership opportunities for women graduates when they return from studying in Australia.

The launch was the largest gathering of alumni since scholarships were first offered by the Australian Government to Mongolians in 1993. The fact that over 150 guests attended the event indicated its’ importance in the eyes of the alumni.

The Women’s Leadership Program was introduced and explained and all alumni – men and women - were invited to participate in it. Program stakeholders, especially women leaders of the country, were invited to contribute to the Program by sharing their experience and their leadership experiences and skills.

The launch was attended by representatives from the Program’s Coordinating Committee, representatives from Thematic Advisory Groups, women leaders of Mongolia, Ministry Working Group members, alumni from the Australia Awards and other alumni who studied in Australia under other schemes.

 

Welcome Back Ceremony for New Graduates September 22,2014

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The Ceremony was conducted in collaboration with the Mongolia Australia Society on September 22, 2014, welcoming new graduates who completed Master s’ studies in Australia in June/July, 2014. The event was attended by more than 30 people, including distinguished guests from the Government of Australia and Mongolia, Mongolia Australia Society (Mozzies) and employers.

Mr Tony Burchill, Trade Commissioner/Consul General: Australian Trade Commission to Mongolia, Mr Peter Rowe, First Assistant Secretary: North East Asia Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr John Pilbeam, Director: Korean Peninsula and Mongolia Section North East Asia Branch and Ms Ariunaa, Executive Director: Mozzies congratulated the graduates on successfully completing their studies and wished them success in applying their new knowledge and skills. They also highlighted the importance of the scholarship program in preparing highly-skilled professionals in Mongolia and creating and maintaining links between Mongolia and Australia.

Ms Bujinlkham, a graduate from Flinders University and Mr Ankhbayar, from the University of Queensland, shared their study and living experiences, the new knowledge and skills gained from their studies and experiences working with Australian organizations researching in nanotechnology and mining engineering.

Mozzies members, Ms Enkhzaya and Ms Erdenezaya, who studied in Australia in the years 2007-2009 in information technology and communications, shared the benefits of the studies and their personal and professional growth and improved knowledge and skills, especially in using the English language, research and analytical skills that have used in their everyday work and lives. They also shared their experiences on introducing new knowledge and innovative ideas to their workplaces, applying different approaches to convince supervisors and colleagues of their benefits. They have always been proud of being recipients of Australia Awards scholarships and continuously promote them to enable others to study at prestigious Australian universities and gain valuable academic knowledge and skills. Enkhzaya and Erdenezaya advised the graduates to become leaders in their workplaces, to keep links with Australia and the scholarship program and become active Mozzies members.

The Reintegration Strategy and Graduate Action Plan were shared with graduates to help them develop their own plans to contribute to national development by applying the knowledge and skills obtained in Australia.

Mozzies members, who studied in Australia more than 10 years ago shared their experiences and advised the graduates to implement their new ideas as soon as possible before they are forgotten or become outdated. Ms Ariunaa provided information on Mozzies’ activities and encouraged all graduates to join other alumni in contributing to and benefitting from the Mozzies.

 

Review Workshop with Graduates

The workshop was recently conducted with Australia Awards graduates who have been working successfully in public and private organisations in Mongolia for 2 years after completing their Masters’ studies in Australia. The graduates from priority sectors including education, renewable energy, social welfare and environment discussed their personal and professional experiences and achievements in utilising the knowledge and skills obtained from their studies.

Graduates discussed ways and opportunities to contribute to national development by applying their knowledge, skills and experiences. They suggested ways to work together in priority areas and strengthen their networks and develop opportunities to cooperate on initiatives.

One great initiative was discovered at the workshop. A group of university lecturers from Category 2 had studied TESOL at Australian universities. On return to Mongolia, they applied for and won an Asia Development Bank (ADB) tender to develop an English language textbook to be used in secondary schools.

 

Mozzies Fund Agreement Signing Ceremony

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Government of Mongolia recognise the Mongolia – Australia Society (Mozzies) as a highly successful alumni association. The alumni network has contributed considerably to building a strong relationship and enduring links between Australia and Mongolia across the public and private sectors and civil society. In recognition of the important role the Mozzies plays in maintaining this sound relationship, the new phase of the Australia Awards Mongolia Program (Program), has allocated AUD 20,000 per annum for Mozzies professional development activities, particularly focusing on graduates of Australia Awards, including Australia Development Scholars and recipients of the leadership award.

A Mozzies Fund Agreement signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 April 2014. The following representatives attended the signing: Mr M. Enkhbold, Mozzies President, Ms L. Ariunaa, Mozzies Executive Director, Ms N. Zoljargal, DFAT Development Cooperation Program Officer, Ms P. Yanjinlkham, Program Coordinating Committee member, Ms Tsetsgee Yundendorj, Australia Awards Country Program Manager, Ms Kate Nethercott Wilson, Program Gender Adviser, Mozzies board members and Program staff.

The Mozzies are important contributors to many aspects of the Program but especially their support to returning graduates. They provide personal and professional guidance and help establish networks to help them apply their new skills and knowledge to assist Mongolia’s development.

This support for the Mozzies will strengthen their links with DFAT and the Program. The funding will allow them to plan activities to showcase their links with Australia and provide opportunities for new graduates to join a professional organisation that allows them to foster their skills and leadership. It also provides an opportunity to link with the broader Australia Awards Alumni network and with institutions and organisations in Australia.

 

Welcome Back Ceremony for Recent Graduates

A Ceremony was organized on October 15, 2013, to welcome the most recent graduates who completed Master degree courses at Australian Universities in June- July, 2013. The event provided opportunities for them to share their newly-acquired knowledge and experiences from overseas and to help them network with Australia Awards alumni, Mongolian Australian Association (Mozzies), other organizations and employers. Over 40 guests representing high levels of the Australian and Mongolian Government, Mongolian employers, Mozzies and the graduates participated in the Ceremony.

Mr Tony Burchill, Trade Commissioner/Council General, Australian Trade Commission to Mongolia opened the Ceremony and welcomed and congratulated the graduates on successfully completing their postgraduate studies. He highlighted the importance of courses in areas such as environmental management, mining, research and finance because of their relevance to current development priorities. Following Tony’s speech, Mr Sainbileg, Chairman of the Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet Secretariat Office of Mongolia, congratulated the graduates for successfully completing Master’s degrees and returning to the country. He said the PCC would be pleased to support the graduates during their re-integration into the workplace, especially in applying their new knowledge and information to contribute to the respective sectors, organizations and national levels of development.

Mr Enkhbold, Mozzies president, MP congratulated the graduates and briefed them on the benefits of the Program in improving human resource development, particularly in the public sector through scholarships and networking between the two countries. He briefly introduced participants to Mozzies’ activities, benefits and support. He explained how membership of the Mozzies, would open opportunities to build relationships with Australian companies, each other, other people and organizations, to support and help each other and to work together in important areas in the community. Ms Ariunaa, CEO Mozzies, also talked about the activities of Mozzies and encouraged graduates to join the alumni to contribute to and benefit from Mozzies.

Ms Tserennadmid, a recent graduate shared the benefits and knowledge from her studies and her life experiences in Australia. She learnt a lot about management and entrepreneurship which are important areas in Mongolia. She collected materials and conducted research into kindergarten policies; the area in which she worked in the Ministry of Education before receiving her scholarship. She saw a need to make changes in the education sector, especially in evaluation methodologies and quality assessment of pre-schooling policy and programs.

During the Ceremony graduates discussed and exchanged information on their courses, experiences and possibilities to improve skills while they were in Australia. The Reintegration Strategy and Graduate Action Plan was shared with graduates for them to use to develop their own plans to contribute to national development by applying the knowledge and skills obtained from long term study in Australia.

 

2013

Annual Reflection Workshop

The Annual Reflection Workshop was conducted on October 30th, 2013 for the first time with all key stakeholders from the Australia Awards in Mongolia; a new program that commenced on July 1st, 2013. The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • discuss and review key changes, achievements and lessons learned from the previous program, the Mongolia Australia Scholarships program (MASP), based on analysis of the implementation of program-specific issues
  • get feedback on issues important for further improvements in program management and performance
  • give input to an Annual Synthesis Report to be discussed at the Annual Strategic Review and to help with strategic guidance and decision-making to improve program delivery.

Over 20 participants from the Ministries of Education and Science, Mining, Justice, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Construction and Urban Development attended. There were also representatives from the National Committee on Gender Equality, NGOs, employers and graduates.

Attendees were provided with data and information on policy changes, key results and lessons learned from the previous program implemented between 2008 and June 2013. Participants worked in three groups to consider specific issues to improve the program. There was valuable feedback from participants, including suggestions on targeting, promotion, selection and reintegration. These will be discussed at the Annual Strategic Review in late November, involving the Governments of Mongolia and Australia.

 

Australia Awards Fellowships 2013

A Leadership, Change Management and Sustainable Governance Framework program funded under the Australia Awards Fellowships was organized by the International Business Development Unit at Griffith University of Australia. It was designed for stakeholders of the Australia Awards in Mongolia and conducted over the period 16-28 September, 2013.

The workshops, conducted by experts and professors from various Australian universities over the two weeks, laid a solid foundation to understand Australian integrity systems, especially in the Queensland Government. Meetings with several judges, parliamentarians and members of integrity agencies such as the Ombudsman, the Integrity Commission and the Crime and Misconduct Commission provided good opportunities to witness examples of best practice.

Lead facilitator and director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Professor Charles Sampford said, ‘Queensland’s experience in governance reform and the development of effective institutions within an overall ‘integrity system continues to provide useful examples and comparisons for states engaging in major governance reforms.’

Mr Sainbileg Chuluunbat, Deputy Chief of the Mongolian Cabinet Secretariat Office (Government of Mongolia) led a team of 15 Mongolian officials from the public, private and non-government sectors. He found the program, ‘very much in the current interest’ of the Mongolian Government’s systems reform agenda.

The former and current Program Coordinating Committee Chairs of the Australia Awards Mongolia (formerly the Mongolia Australia Scholarships Program) and a member of the Civil Service Commission met with ten Awards recipients in Canberra and Brisbane to learn more about their living and studies. Departmental Directors from the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Education and Science, CEOs of the Center for Human Development and DEMO NGOs, met with their scholars to monitor progress and plan their welcome back to Mongolia.

The delegation visited the Embassy of Mongolia in Canberra to share learning experiences and discuss possibilities to improve the impacts of Australia Awards Scholarships on Mongolia’s development.

The Fellowships opened new opportunities to contribute to and promote successful bilateral cooperation between Australia and Mongolia by increased participation in the Australia Awards in Mongolia.

More information about this Fellowship can be found at:

http://app.griffith.edu.au/news/2013/09/27/sharing-good-governance-expertise-with-mongolia/ and http://www.mongolianembassy.org.au/archives/1399

 

Australia Awards Alumni Conference 2013

Two Mozzies, Ms Suvdmaa Tuul and Mr Munkhsuren Byamba were selected to attend an Australia Awards Alumni Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in August 2013. They were joined by participants from Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The theme of the conference was Towards 2015 – opportunities and challenges for higher education institutions in the ASEAN Community. It brought together professionals, researchers, research institutes and educational bodies to share and exchange ideas and information about higher education, the emergence of the ASEAN Economic Community, international collaboration and world class tertiary education institution.

Suvdmaa and Munkhsuren found the conference very useful on a personal level and as providing possible opportunities for the Mozzies to consider for the future. They identified the following benefits:

  • They were able to develop professional and personal networks through sharing experiences from the conference
  • They learned more about Australian and South East Asian higher education institutions
  • They saw ways the Mozzies could expand its networks and create opportunities for increased international connections and collaboration
  • They have knowledge about how the Mozzies could approach organizing large events, with the potential to offer them in Mongolia
  • They can play key roles in planning Mozzies’ activities linked or delivered through the Australia Awards in Mongolia
  • They can help the Program and Mozzies develop links with institutions and alumni associations in the Asian region.

The Princess Center for protecting girls and young women’s rights, empowers those dealing with complicated social problems through services such as counseling, vocational skills training, support group activities and community events. The Princess Center builds the capacity of its beneficiaries through Young Mothers’ Club activities – a participatory club of teenage mothers up to 20 years old - and addresses policy advocacy through nationwide campaigns, lobbying meetings and online activism.

Between June and October 2015 the Princess Center implemented the Young Mothers’ Empowerment Program (YMEP) in Dornod province with financial support from Australia Awards Mongolia through the MOZZIES Association (Mongolia Australia Society) Professional Development Fund.

YMEP was designed by the Princess Center based on its 10 years of experiences providing socio-psychological counseling and social work services to teenage mothers. The special feature of this program is an integration of long-term social work services and empowerment activities such as educational training, discussions and field trips. Through this program, the Princess Center aimed to empower teenage mothers in a remote area of Mongolia through strong participation of local social workers.

The Princess Center collaborated with the Agency of Children and Family Development in Dornod province (ACFD) to implement the YMEP.

This project had two main components:

  • Capacity building of local social workers
  • Implementation of YMEP

In the end of June 2015, staff members of the Princess Center visited Choibalsan city and provided capacity building training to 19 local social workers on the academic methodology of social work services to teenage mothers.

YMEP started from August 2015 in Dornod province and 15 teenage mothers were selected as project beneficiaries. Each beneficiary received 8-10 individual counseling sessions and access to social work support services for 3 months, including:

  • to get Identification card or certificate of birth registration
  • to access the social welfare benefits such as maternity and child allowances;
  • to place in the shelter house to protect against domestic violence
  • to re-integrate with family members
  • to vaccinate babies
  • to provide in-kind assistance such as diapers, clothes, nutrition for kids and food
  • to place in the nursing house for rehabilitation
  • to involve in various vocational skills trainings

The young mothers also participated in six sessions of various educational training covering:

·sexual and reproductive health (STD, contraceptives and safe abortion) and

·life skills (self-esteem, self-expression and caring children)

Project Outcomes & Impact

The following outcomes were identified by the Princess Center:

a.Social workers in Dornod province were trained on teenage pregnancy and learnt and provided professional support to teenage mothers who needed support and assistance. ACFD agreed to continue their professional activity to support teenage mothers each social worker working with 1 teenage mother per year.

b.ACFD will continue this project in 2016 and implement YMEP based on their own resources with collaboration of other governmental organizations of Dornod province.

c.Addionally, Dornod province will celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child every year and bring girls’ rights issues into public attention.

 

Total number of direct beneficiaries of the project reached to 181 people with the details followed:

  • Clients of social work service – 15 girls
  • Social workers - 15 people
  • Participants of “Sustainable Development Goals and dreams of 2030 girls” campaign- 120 teenage girls
  • Participants in discussions - 30 representatives

Indirect beneficiaries’ number reached to 280 as detailed below:

  • Family members of clients - 30 people (minimum)
  • Friends and family members of ”SDGs and dreams of 2030 girls“- 240 people (minimum)

Director and teachers of the School №1 – 10 people

Welcome Back Event

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