Visit of the Mongolian ambassador

January 11 2017, Gödöllő - Dr. Batbayar Zeneemyadar, the Mongolian ambassador accredited to Hungary, paid an official short visit to our University. Rector Dr. János Tőzsér, Head of Department Dr. Béla Urbányi,  and International Relations office leader Dr. Zsuzsanna Tarr  welcomed the ambassador, who graduated from  ELTE with a degree in law and speaks proficient Hungarian .

After  introductions, the Rector presented  the University’s history, system, and the main directions of education and research. Our international relations and fresh water fish breeding  were also mentioned. The reason for  the visit was that there may  be an increase in the Stipendium Hungaricum’s government quota  : to raise the number of spots available for Mongolia from 20 to 200.  Mr. Batbayar highlighted the fact that Mongolia does need well-educated agricultural professionals, and inside their Stipendium Hungaricum quote, the agrarian education and Szent István University  play a major  role.

Currently, six  students have joined SZIU’s Bsc, Msc and PhD courses from Mongolia with the Stipendium Hungaricum program and they all have a close relationship to the embassy. Speaking from  personal experience, the Ambassador  asks young students to choose a Hungarian education after a year-long language course. Mr. Batbayar highlighted the importance of practical courses and would like to have the exchange students  join Monglian projects early on:  on one hand it can be a strong base for their thesis and so called TDK, and it also would mean guaranteed job placement with cooperating companies  in the future.

Mongolia itself is an agricultural oriented country with hard and brown coal, copper, uranium, gold and cand drilling. Its main branches of industry are the processing industry, textiles, leather, and the food industry. The nation’s animal breeding  mostly consists of cattle, horses, goats, and camels  due to ongoing nomadic traditions.  Just three million people live in this land which is 18 times bigger than Hungary.  Mongolia’s climate is continental, with an arctic influence in the northern regions (-35°C during the winter) and hot and dry summers in the south (+45 C).  The yearly average  rainfall is 400 mm in the North and  100 mm in the South.