Extension of the cooperation with GMIT/Mongolia until 2027

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The cooperation with the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) with the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering of the RWTH, which has existed for almost 10 years, was extended for another 5 years. The cooperation agreement includes in particular

  • the exchange of students and doctoral candidates as well as teachers and researchers
  • joint scientific cooperation projects and publications
  • the exchange of scientific data and material

In the Department of Geosciences and Geography, especially the Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology has been active in Mongolia for almost 30 years with various research projects. Historically, the relationship between Germany and Mongolia has been characterized by a long and close connection. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been involved in Mongolia since 1990, followed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1994, which was also the year of the first "fact-finding-mission" to the country. Professor Frank Lehmkuhl and Professor Michael Walther coordinated the physical-geographical cooperation with the Institute of Geography of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

In addition to the scientific engagement, a project team of the Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology supports the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the DAAD since 2014 in the academic field in the development of the German-Mongolian University of Natural Resources and Technology. The general aim of the project is to establish an internationally and quality-oriented university in Mongolia, which will train specialists and managers and provide scientific and technological know-how for resource-based economic development. The project supports the project sponsors in this task and coordinates the study program "Environmental Engineering" from the German side.