While Mongolia is largely known for Genghis Khan, yaks and being a stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Beijing and Moscow, its capital city, Ulan Bator, is the site of the world’s largest initiative around using computers for education in schools. In October 2007, President Nambaryn Enkhbayar announced his commitment to provide every child in Mongolia with a connected laptop by the end of 2010. Though One Laptop Per Child’s general approach has been criticized for its high price (nearly $200 US per laptop, outside of all maintenance costs) and lack of sustainability, Mongolia seems convinced. The country has since launched a pilot project with the OLPC initiative — currently, there are 10,000 XO laptops in Ulan Bator schools, the largest such deployment to date.
Before leaving Mongolia yesterday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (pictured) and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj memorialized fallen soldiers who defeated the Japanese imperial forces at Khalkhyn Gol in 1939. This was the final battle between Soviet and Mongolian forces and Japan…More →
Today, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with new Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj to discuss his country’s uranium fields and the possibility of upgrading the country’s rail networks.
Russia, which has had longstanding ties to Mongolia, had been concerned the the election…More →
Last weekend, Austrian online media producer and amateur archeologist Michael Eisenriegler (above) and his Mongolian colleague, Zundoi Altangerel, uncovered two crates worth of irreplaceable artifacts, including manuscripts, Buddhist statues and clothing.More →
The New York Times has a new feature on the new statue of Mongolia’s most well-known historical figure, Genghis Khan. The 13th century emperor and conqueror of much of Asia and the Middle East has become a contemporary icon — Mongolians have…More →
Time magazine reports on the disturbing rise of nationalistic neo-Nazi groups in Mongolia, many of whom are vehemently anti-Chinese.
Mongolia, which just played host to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, may need to do something about this problem as it wants…More →
New Mongolian president Tsakhia Elbegdorj was elected last month largely to help improve Mongolia’s economic problems.
One way that he might go about doing that, a recent UPI report suggests, is by opening up the countries vast mining reserves.
Mongolia has many…More →
Earlier this week, voters from all over Mongolia turned out to elected their new president. The winner was the US-educated Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, who is poised to become the country’s first president who has never been a member of the Mongolian People’s…More →
With just over one million residents Ulan Bator is the largest city of the most sparsely populated country in the world, Mongolia. The city was founded in 1639 as a Buddhist monastic center, but turned into an important trading and manufacturing hub…More →