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   USAM Newsletter : Issue 2 – Winter 2008

Greetings from EARC!

As we’re starting a whole new year, I would like to keep you informed of a packed events of last Fall. We hope you enjoy the newest issue of our newsletter, and if you have any comments to make, please do not hesitate to contact me us at any point through our e-mail address: usalumni@gmail.com.

Taking this opportunity, the EARC would like to wish you all the very best and a successful 2009!

Table of Contents

1. Second National Conference of USAM

2. USAM National Scholarship program

3. Mentoring program

4. Program news and announcements

5. Website development


1. Second National Conference of USAM

                The second national conference of USAM was successfully organized on September 17th, 2008. The main objectives of the conference were: 1. To introduce/raise awareness on the “USAM National Scholarship Program”, 2. to raise funds for it, 3. To establish working committee responsible for the program.  Moreover, during the conference a questionnaire was taken from alumni on follow-up of the first conference of US alumni, USAM national scholarship program and future networking/collaboration. Its result shows that all of the conference participants supported the idea of organizing the scholarship program, expressed their interest about receiving regular information about other alumni, and suggested their ideas and thoughts about the USAM conference.
The total amount of donation made by alumni and guests during the conference and the reception at KHAN Bank theatre is $1’100, 409’000MNT to which $480 and 10’000MNT will be added when several alumni will transfer the promised amount of money.
Please take into consideration that KHAN Bank also donated $1000 and Petrovis Co.Ltf donated 500000MNT prior to the conference. We also have $1000 as remainder of the 1st alumni conference. So far we have $3’590 and 919’000MNT.

Special thanks to:
OSI alumni - Enkhtuya S, Munkhjin Ts, Otgonjargal O;
Stanford University alumnae - Oyungerel Ts,
Denver Seminary alumnus - Bayarmagnai P,
US Embassy staff
And all of alumni who made their generous donation to support us in organizing the conference as well as the National Scholarship program.

Sponsors:
· US Embassy
· KHAN Bank
· Petrovis Co.Ltd
· North-America Mongolia Business council
· Education USA


 2. USAM National Scholarship Program

It’s a pleasure for me to inform to all of you that we started successfully implementing the USAM National Scholarship Program about which we had a brief discussion during the Second conference. The Scholarship Program will help intellectual young minds lacking only financial resources and access to information to better their educational futures. 
We started the announcement of the program on October 6th on daily newspapers, namely on “Zuunii medee” daily newspaper, on information board in the EARC and universities.  Moreover, on every Friday, from October 10th to November 7th, we organized information sessions during which we provided details on applying to this program. The deadline to submit their applications was November 10th on which 38 students brought their applications along with 2 recommendation letters a grade transcript from secondary school as well as university. The general requirement was: 1st, to be coming from country side; 2nd, have an excellent academic background and 3rd, to be from economically-disadvantaged family.
Quick statistics about the students:
       From: Bayankhongor-2, Bulgan-2, Darkhan-2, Dornogobi-2, Dundgobi-2, Erdenet-3, Gobi-Altai-1, Khentii-1, Khovd-2, Khuvsgul-1, Nalaikh-2, Selenge-2, Sukhbaatar-3, Tuv-3, Uvs-4, Uvurkhangai-4, Zavkhan-2.  
       Major: English teacher/translator- 7, International economic relations-4, Marketing-1, Accountant-1, International journalism-3, Construction-1, Dentistry-1, Tourism management-2, Financial management-2, Software-2, English/Russian teacher-2, Business administration-1, History-1, Economics-2, Architecture-1, Physics-1, Finance manager-1, Biotechnology-1, Food technology and health-1, Treatment-1, Microbiology-1.
On November 14th all 38 students took English test including essay, grammar and listening. The total point was 45 from which 7 students got above or equal to 35 points, the lowest was 13 and the average was 26.7 points. The test we used was designed specially for these students, so it was not a difficult one. From here we can see that the students’ English knowledge is not very high, not good enough for applying to scholarship programs.
On November 22nd they gave interview during which they had chance to express their goals, achievements and answer questions. The whole selection process was done in English as we-the US alumni, are supporting students from rural areas and help them to prepare for applying to different scholarship opportunities, namely in the USA.
As a result of this selection process 5 students got the USAM national scholarship program. They are:

  • Bazarsad Sergelen, 2nd year student at Mongolian State university of education, from Bayankhongor aimag
  • Bat-Erdene Batsukh, 2nd year student at University of Humanities, from Sukhbaatar aimag
  • Nyamjav Erdenebat, 3rd year student at Orkhon university, from Bulgan aimag
  • Battsogt Ganbaatar, 3rd year student at Mongolian University of Science and Technology, from Khentii aimag
  • Mungunkhishig Batbaatar, 2nd year student at National University of Mongolia, from Khentii aimag

USAM Scholarship program finalists

As part of the scholarship the students will be awarded with full-time scholarship, including tuition fees, monthly stipend and transportation allowances. On the other hand, their duties will be doing community service and volunteer works. They are already started doing it at EARC which gives them opportunity to get to learn the office’s basic responsibilities, daily works, and communication skills as well as practicing their English skills.

I have to admit that it was not very easy to make the decision along with our committee members-our alumni, namely Ms. Enkhtuya, Ms. Munkhjin, Ms. Erdenechimeg. Ms. Ariunaa, Mr. Enkhbaatar and Mr. Erdenedalai. However, we chose the above-mentioned students hoping that they’d achieve more, get and use the benefits of our program for the best and contribute their ideas for the development of our program.  


3. Mentoring program

As it was first initiated by our alumni, this is a very unique chance for all alumni to share their experiences and knowledge attained in the USA. Remember that by mentoring to a student you will get a chance to become a whole new source of information and knowledge, but will also encourage them to be a well-educated, socially conscious citizen of Mongolia. It doesn’t require you a lot of time and formality. If there are students among the applicants studying same major as yours, feel free to let me know to mentor any one of them and start joining the program. The duration of the program is till the end of 2008-2009 academic year. However, you can mentor the student as long as you want.

So far 10 of our alumni expressed their interest in becoming a mentor and some of them have already met the students and started their collaboration. We hope that through this program we can become volunteer-initiators of a brand new project for the development of Mongolian society.

If you haven’t decided yet, please review the guidelines for this program and feel free to contact me if you need more information. 


4. Program news and announcements

As EARC organizes Open Society-funded scholarship programs for Mongolian students and professionals, please see the detailed information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

4.1. OSI/FCO CHEVENING/UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTERS COURSES 2009/10
The EARC welcomes applications from citizens of Mongolia for one-year scholarships to read for a Masters degree in Politics and Economics at the University of Manchester. The scholarships are funded by the Open Society Institute, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Manchester. They cover tuition, travel and living costs (for one person only) up to 12 months. Applicants have a choice of pathways within the following MA programs: Political Science, International Politics, Human Rights, Economics, Econometrics, and Development Economics.
Applicants will be both nationals of and resident in Mongolia. Applicants should have outstanding academic qualifications and good English. On completion of the scholarship, scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there.
Further information and application forms are available from www.earcmn.org and completed applications should be returned to EARC office by 30 January 2009.

4.2. MASTERS AND RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD IN GREAT BRITAIN
The OSI/FCO Chevening Scholarships, which are funded by the Open Society Institute, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Oxford, are intended to provide opportunities for postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for scholars and young professionals who demonstrate both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision makers and opinion formers in their home countries.

ELIGIBILITY
All one year taught Masters courses and research programs within the University of Oxford’s Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions are eligible for the scholarship. You can check if your course is eligible by consulting the University’s prospectus or visiting the Graduate Admissions website http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/index.html
Any scholarship awards are conditional upon you being offered a place to study at Oxford, and meeting all the conditions of that offer (e.g. obtaining the required score in an English language proficiency test). Applicants must be citizens of and resident in one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine or Uzbekistan. Applicants should be planning to return to their home country at the end of the period of study. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in Western universities.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential to become leaders, decision makers, and opinion formers in their home country. This requirement will be treated as of considerable importance in the selection process. Applicants should have a proven track record of success or excellence in their professional life distinguishing them from their peers and contemporaries.

HOW TO APPLY
You apply as part of your application to study or do research at the University of Oxford. You do this by ticking the “OSI/FCO Chevening” box in section M of the Application Form for Graduate Study 2009-10. You must also provide a supporting statement on your potential to become a leader or opinion former in your home country. Please apply using the paper form, not the online application form.
Ariunaa E. – our program coordinator will assist you by arranging for you application to be sent to Oxford, and will also arrange for payment of the £25 application fee. Please send your Application Form for Graduate Study (and all required supporting materials) to the address below by 14th January 2009. Any applications received after this time will be too late to be sent to Oxford. For more information, please contact Ariunaa Enkhtur at Ariunaa@earcmn.org or 319016.

4.3 OSI/FCO CHEVENING/UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK 2009-10
The scholarships, which are offered for a period of twelve months, are to enable scholars to pursue a taught postgraduate course at the University of Warwick.
Each scholarship provides twelve months’ tuition fees at the University of Warwick, a stipend to cover living costs(for one person only) and return air travel from the scholar’s home country. On completion of the scholarship, scholars will return to their home countries. Scholarships are available from September 2009 in the Faculties of Arts, Sciences and Social Studies. The funding does not cover MBA, MPA, all Medical School or Business School courses, diploma, certificate or research courses, the 2-year MA in Social Work or part-time courses.
Applicants will normally be expected to:

  • wish to study full-time at the University of Warwick for a one year taught Master's degree;
  • be nationals of, and normally resident in, the selected country during the academic year in which they apply for the award; applicants who are temporarily out of the country at the time of applying for the award (for a total period of less than three consecutive months) may be treated as being resident;
  • have completed an undergraduate degree or been awarded an equivalent qualification by September 2009;
  • be proficient in the English language, both spoken and written. The University would expect candidates to have normally achieved at the time of taking up the award a score of TOEFL 600 (Paper based), TOEFL 250 (Computer based), TOEFL (Internet based 92) or IELTS 6.5;
  • to display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
  • not have already received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous HMGFunded Scholarship;
  • not be employees, employees’ relatives (of former employees who have left employment less than 2 years before) of FCO (including FCO posts), the British Council, the Educational Advising Centers or other OSI-NSP representations in the region and the participating universities.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied outside of their home country. Only the application forms provided by the Soros Foundations or Educational Advising Centres should be used. These are deliberately different from the University’s standard forms in order that they are easily recognised at the University of Warwick as a competition application. If applicants use standard forms provided by the University there is a danger they could be treated as a normal application. The completed forms and other documents must be returned to EARC by January 2009 at the latest. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.Applicants are required to submit three copies of the application package: one original and two photocopies of the entire application set.
A completed application must include:
(a) Three copies of the completed application form (one original and two photocopies).
(b) Two referees' reports in signed and sealed envelopes.

  • Transcripts of undergraduate and any postgraduate study. If the Transcript is not in English you must provide a translation bearing an official stamp. Applicants may not translate transcripts themselves.
  • Applicants for courses in the English Department should include two pieces of written work on a literary topic previously submitted as part of your Undergraduate degree.

ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
Please note that you are only permitted to apply for one course of study at the University.

Selection Procedure

  • EARC will forward the applications to the University of Warwick.  Academic staff at the University will compile a short-list.
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and an English language test in their home country in April 2009. You should be available for interview at any point during this period of time. You will be informed by the EAC or Foundation in early April 2009 whether you have been short-listed or not.
  • Interviews will be carried out by representatives of Open Society Foundation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Warwick.

(c)    The final awards will be decided jointly by the University, FCO and OSF. Candidates will be informed in June. Certain candidates may be offered reserve places for scholarships, which means that there is a possibility that they will be given a scholarship, if one of the successful candidates withdraws from the program. The scholarship period begins in late September 2009.

Please note that successful applicants may be requested to attend a 1-month preparatory academic writing summer in July/August 2009. The exact date and location of the summer school will be available at a later stage of the selection process.


5. Website development

Since the Second National Conference of US Alumni we’ve been working on the development of our own website www.usam.mn in order to keep the alumni more connected, raise awareness of activities we’re organizing and maintain them permanently. Inside the website you will find:

  • News
  • Calendar of events
  • Job opportunities
  • Scholarship and Grant announcements
  • Photos
  • Discussion board
  • Searchable network of alumni
  • And more.

We hope that this website will be ready to operate in mid January 2009 and will become a useful and effective way to communicate with each other in which your participation and support is significant. If you want to share your experience, research work or success stories, feel free to contact me to post them at the website.

In conclusion, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude again for supporting our activities and hope that we’ll enrich our collaboration in the upcoming year. Wish you all the best in your life in the year of 2009!

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·  Be an online community that helps the alumni, organizations/institutions stay in touch with one another, and share their pictures, ideas, thoughts, experiences, knowledge, information and resources.

·  Support alumni in implementation of the concepts they explored during their academic studies and/or exchange programs in the U.S.A.

·  Assist the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy and other grant making and scholarship providing organizations to renew and extend their engagement with program alumni.

·  Help organizations recruit the right staff they are looking for.

·  Work as an “umbrella” website for various US-Mongolian alumni associations established by self-initiative of alumni either in Mongolia, or in the United States.

US Alumni of Mongolia is open to all Mongolian citizens who are studying or have studied in the United States, and to interested institutions and organizations.

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