Minister of Education, Culture and Science Yo.Otgonbayar attended a UNESCO meeting in Paris on February 11-12 to discuss issues of enhancing the efficiency of the partner nations and to review the system of rendering assistance. Mongolia has so far received grants worth USD 29.8 million. At his meeting with Mrs Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, the Minister brought up the issue of listing the khoomii (throat singing), as a Mongolian cultural heritage. Mrs. Bokova promised to send experts to Mongolia to help resolve the controversy.
Later, the Minister visited the University of Freiburg where he signed a memorandum on introducing the curriculum of the German university on mining engineering and technology in Mongolia“s University of Science and Technology (MUST). The memorandum will allow MUST students to receive a diploma from both universities.
Otgonbayar and Christian Boud, head of the German Academic Exchange Service, agreed to co-finance the cost of 30-40 Mongolian students to study for bachelor and master degrees in Germany“s universities and institutes every year. They agreed to sign a memorandum in time for Mongolian students to go to Germany from this year.