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ACMS Fellowship Opportunities for 2015

The American Center for Mongolian Studies is pleased to announce its fellowship programs for the summer of 2015. There are fellowship grant opportunities for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty, as well as library and information science students and professionals. More information about the fellowship opportunities is available at: mongoliacenter.org/fellowship.

 
ACMS Members and Fellows Profiles

The ACMS has a wide diversity of members and fellows who are conducting work on a variety of projects in many different fields of study. These profiles will give everyone a chance to see what their colleagues and fellow members are accomplishing.

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ACMS Director Marc Tasse UBS television interview for the “Global Leader” Television Project

The purpose of this project is to assist Mongolian students with studying abroad by providing television-based information on various topics from application through graduation. The television program will act as a guide to study in that particular country explaining advantages of its education system and will highlight the country as an attractive study destination. This year, the program will focus on studying in Taiwan with occasional sections from countries including the United States, Canada, UK, Korea and Japan. The television program has sections on television-based study abroad guide, scholarship competition, university promotions, English lessons and interviews. Ten Taiwanese universities are participating in this television project by offering 10 full scholarships for the winners of the scholarship competition and by hosting the television project team in March 2015 in Taiwan. ACMs Director Marc Tasse is proud to have been selected as the first speaker in this initiative.

 

 

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“Together With Otgonbat-Let’s Talk in English” program, click on image to view


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Mongolian Premiere "The Tsaatan -Revival of a Forgotten Culture and Language" Documentary and Gala

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 Click on photo above for link to online video of documentary

 

December 2nd , 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: Mongolian National Museum

Tel: 976 7711-0486

 

 

 

Fearing the demise of the Tuvan (Tsaatan in Mongolia) culture, one Tsaatan woman, Oyunbadam, is seeking to reverse the trend.  She obtained a grant from Santis Productions so that she could achieve her first year’s ambitions.  The President of Mongolia  issued a proclamation of support.  The Ministries of Education and of Culture, Sports and Tourism also have rallied in support, as have the Tsaatan people themselves. This film records the first year of that effort.

 The film reports on the steadfast determination of a few remaining Tuvan personalities in Mongolia to prevent their culture and language from dying altogether. Their perseverance resulted in a  pilot project amidst the Tsaatan people to have a summer school program teaching the Tuva language and customs to the children of the area.  The efforts were greeted enthusiastically, and were recorded on this film.  They also attracted the attention of the President of Mongolia, who issued a proclamation in support of these efforts.

To Celebrate the Mongolian Premiere of this film, the ACMS is holding a Gala event at the National History museum of Mongolia on December 2nd starting at 6 pm.  Included in the evening events will be a lecture on the Tuvan people, screening of the documentary with a reception following. 

Space is limited, seats may be reserved by contacting Baigalmaa at 7711-0486 or emailing info@mongoliacenter.org. 

 

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Speaker Series - Chogdon Tsedev
Challenges in Translation and their Reasons

 December 9th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Cormer, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-0486

Translating documents is a challenge that faces many Mongolian academics.  In order to gain access to the vast quantity of knowledge available in the world,  Mongolian need to make their research available, as well as gain access to information from outside sources.  The key challenge is the quality of the translation and the understanding of not only the words but the intended meaning of the authors.

Using two different Mongolian  translations of  “In Secret Mongolia”, originally by Henning Haslund, Professor Chogdon Tsedev will attempt to demonstrate the importance of accurate translation.  He will examine some of the syntactic, stylistic and vocabulary mistakes made in these works and draw conclusions as presented in his article published in “ foreign language teaching methodology” magazine.  There will also be an analysis of English translations of Mongolian works and some of the challenges discovered.

 

 

 
Speaker Series - Tsogtbaatar Byambaa

The adoption of Health Impact Assessments in the Mongolian mining sector: A case study of the diffusion of policy innovation

November 25th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-0486

Mongolia’s rapid economic growth, propelled by rapid development of the extractives sector requires that the country be better prepared for potential negative impacts to the health of the people and the country. With the support of an SFU-based team of researchers and policy advocates, Mongolia is thus in the process of adopting Health Impact Assessments (HIA), a policy innovation tool that has potential to inform the decision making process through assessing underlying health problems and generating evidence-based recommendations.

However, the values, principles, methods and deliverables of HIA are not easily understood in capacity-limited Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) settings, including Mongolia, which makes full adoption and proper use of HIA a difficult process to achieve. The overall goal of the research was to evaluate the uptake and adoption rate of the HIA concepts, tools and methods in the emerging Mongolian mining sector.   In this presentation some of the initial findings of this research will be discussed and recommendations presented. 

 

 
On the Move One Last Time

In true nomadic tradition, the ACMS has relocated several times during the last 10 years.  Through our partnership with local Universities, the ACMS has been located in  the National University Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.  Recently we have been in our temporary location at the Center 34 building. Just as Mongolia is becoming more urban and settled, the ACMS is now moving one more time to what will be our long term home. 

 Through the generous support of the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar Public Library, we will be located on the main floor, northeast corner of the Library, accessible by the East Entrance.  This new, larger space will house the ACMS admin office, library and resource center and GIS lab.  It will also be the home for the Books for Asia Program delivered in partnership with the Asia Foundation.

Starting on November 19th, the ACMS will be operating exclusively from the new location.  Come by and visit by following the link to the  new ACMS.

New ACMS Link

ACMS Office - Natsagdorj Library East Entrance

New Telephone Numbers:

ACMS:     976 7711 0486

Books for Asia:   976 7710 0486

 

 
Tuvan Documentary

The Tsaatan - Revival of a Forgotten Culture and Language (Documentary)

 December 2nd, 2014 - Starting 5:00 PM

Location: The Mongolian National Musuem

Tel: 976 7711-0486

 

Fearing the demise of the Tuvan (Tsaatan in Mongolia) culture, one Tsaatan woman, Oyunbadam, is seeking to reverse the trend.  She obtained a grant from Santis Productions so that she could achieve her first year’s ambitions.  The President of Mongolia  issued a proclamation of support.  The Ministries of Education and of Culture, Sports and Tourism also have rallied in support, as have the Tsaatan people themselves. This film records the first year of that effort.

 The film reports on the steadfast determination of a few remaining Tuvan personalities in Mongolia and their efforts to prevent their culture and language from dying out altogether. Their perseverance resulted in a pilot project amidst the Tsaatan people to have a summer school program teaching the Tuva language and customs to the children of the area.  The efforts were greeted enthusiastically, and were recorded on this film.  They also attracted the attention of the President of Mongolia, who issued a proclamation in support of these efforts.

To Celebrate the Mongolian Premiere of this film, the ACMS is holding a Gala event at the National History museum of Mongolia on December 2nd starting at 6 pm.  Included in the evening events will be a lecture on the Tuvan people, screening of the documentary with a reception following.

 

 

 
Announcement

The ACMS and BFM Ulaanbaatar office will be closed on Monday, June 2nd for the Children’s Day.