Mongolia is a landlocked country located between Russia and China. With only 1.7 people per km², Mongolia has the lowest population density among all independent countries in the world, and it is this vast and majestic emptiness that is the country’s enduring appeal, bringing the traveler into a close communion with nature and its nomadic inhabitants. Mongolia is known as the ‘”Land of Blue Skies” as there are approximately 250 sunny days each year, so good sunglasses are suggested. The weather is bitterly cold during the winter, dropping down to -30º in some parts. There are many types of terrain, from desert to verdant mountains. The weather during the summer varies, but it is generally hot.
Host Institution: Mongolia University of Science and Technology
The Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) is the largest of the state universities in Mongolia and has 8 branch schools located in Ulaanbaatar and 2 branch schools in the country. The University has 1100 professors, lecturers and researchers and more than 30,000 students. The university prepares engineers in many fields such as mining, construction, and electrical power. The academic staff include leading specialists in the fields of engineering, and technical and natural sciences. Building upon its historical strengths in engineering, mathematics, mechanics, physics and management, MUST currently offers over 3,000 courses in more than 130 undergraduate majors and specializations. The Institute of Foreign Languages is one of the branch schools of MUST and it has an English department, Russian department, Japanese department, Korean department, and Chinese department. All students at MUST are required to study English. Faculty have been teaching mostly general English, but since 2007, they have started to teach English for Special Purposes for Engineering. Many of the English teachers are young and relatively inexperienced – 50 of the 75 teachers have graduated since 2000. In the last decade or so, MUST has been implementing distance learning for post-graduate study including distance learning for master’s students in English.
- The Fellow will teach English (EAP and ESP) to English majors at the university.
- The Fellow will work with the RELO and U.S. Embassy on program outreach through teacher training workshops and American cultural activities.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Organize seminars on teaching methods and help English teachers to improve their English skills.