German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT)
Mongolia has one of the world’s largest reserves of raw materials. However, there is only a limited number of highly qualified technical specialists and managerial staff in the raw material processing industry and affiliated fields. The project German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) is a response to this situation.
In order to counter the lack of technically qualified engineers in the Mongolian raw materials sector it was decided to establish a university with a high practical orientation based on international quality standards.
Within the context of the German-Mongolian raw materials partnership initiative, the GMIT was founded in autumn 2011. The initiative was jointly initiated by the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the Mongolian president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.
The establishment of the university is financed by the Mongolian Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and on the German side by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The GIZ and the DAAD are responsible for the implementation of the project.
The aim is to establish an internationally-oriented and quality-focused university that produces highly qualified experts and provides scientific and technological expertise to meet the industry’s demand for professionals and to increase the economic development in the raw materials sector.
Funded measures and partners involved
GMIT is currently offering a one-year preparatory programme with courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and English. This is followed by the four bachelor’s degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering, Raw Materials and Process Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. All degrees share a strong practical focus in the first four semesters, very similar to courses in Germany. In order to increase the attractiveness of the university and to meet the growing needs of the raw materials processing industry, the implementation of further study programmes is planned.
The Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg and the Faculty for Geo-Resources and Materials Technology at the RWTH Aachen are partners of this new university. Institutes and individual professors from other German universities, such as the TH Georg Agricola Bochum, the TU Darmstadt, the University of Wuppertal, and BTU Cottbus are contributing to the development of the curriculum and teaching.
The first lectures were given in September 2013 with almost 40 students in the above mentioned one-year preparatory programme. In September 2014, three bachelor’s programmes in Mechanical Engineering, Raw Materials and Process Engineering, and Environmental Engineering have been introduced, followed by a bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering two years later. The number of students increases to 144 in the academic year 2018/19.
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