German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (Phase 3)

Project description

Title: German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) – Phase 3 
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) 
Country: Mongolia
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (MECSS)
Overall term: 2019 to 2022

Context

Mongolian companies and other potential employers complain that the technical qualifications, attitudes to work and applied skills of graduates from Mongolian universities are insufficiently aligned with their needs. The universities do not prepare young people adequately for the requirements of practical work. 

The national strategy for implementing the Sustainability Development Goals launched in 2016 includes a plan to develop internationally competitive university education. This is to be achieved through the mutual reinforcement of teaching, research and cooperation with industry. In addition, since 2012, the Mongolian Government has initiated reforms in the academic and institutional field to design application-oriented teaching and research as well as business partnerships.  

The German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) is the most important model project in this context and also the flagship project of Mongolian-German development cooperation. The Mongolian Government anticipates that GMIT will have a positive effect on the entire university sector as a capable partner for economic development. 

Objective

The staff and material resources of GMIT used to train qualified experts have been strengthened. 

Approach

The project supports the further development of practice-oriented degree courses and provides advice on university development, quality management and training in teaching and methodologies. In doing so, it helps GMIT to cement its long-term position in the Mongolian university landscape and to expand its offering. The teaching staff receive qualifications and training in university administration. 

The project also supports GMIT with the introduction of a business model to make the university financially viable. In addition, GMIT receives advice on the further development of research and teaching provision. Teaching activities, campus management and the quality system at GMIT are also being enhanced to ensure the implementation of the range of courses that has been created. The project aims to ensure that low-income groups, in particular, have access to the university. 

There are also plans to establish a university network for quality development. Within the scope of this network, international university cooperation arrangements will be promoted as well as cooperation between universities and businesses in the field of applied research. At the same time, provision of research services for companies is a key instrument in attracting outside funding.
Gender equality is a major secondary objective of the project and is taken into account in all activities. For example, GMIT is advised on making access to study programmes inclusive and gender-sensitive. Women, men and disabled persons should have equal access to supportive learning conditions. 

To drive forward digitalisation at GMIT, the project is working closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology and MECSS. The plan is to implement a digital platform that can be used to verify the authenticity of university degree certificates. 

Results

As a flagship project for applied university education based on the German university of applied sciences model, the quality management system at GMIT is a positive example for other universities in Mongolia. As a result, MECSS has announced a plan to revoke the government accreditation of universities that do not meet the minimum quality requirements. In future, only universities that have an effective quality management system will be permitted to perform needs-based research services for Mongolian businesses.

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