|Alumni and consul outreach to universities
During the period of past 6 months, November 2010-April 2011, the U.S. Government program alumni and the Consular Officers of the U.S. Embassy have jointly visited 6 universities and colleges in Ulaanbaatar to promote opportunities to study in the U.S. and in particular U.S. Government funded scholarship and exchanges programs. In total over 600 students and faculty from 6 universities: Institute of Finance and Economics, State University of Agriculture, Mongolian Health Sciences‟ University, Mongolian National University, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, and International College of Business and Economy, attended these meetings and received information about student visa and U.S. Government funded exchanges and scholarship programs.
Over 10 alumni participated in these meetings and gave scholarship presentations specifically targeted at university faculty and students on U.S. Government programs. Following these presentations, the audiences had opportunities to hold informal discussion with the alumni and ask them about their experience of participating in the program and living in the U.S. The alumni shared practical and helpful hints for preparing and applying for scholarship programs and distributed promotional hand-outs about U.S. scholarship programs and free U.S. magazines and publications.
The students and the faculty of all the universities were highly appreciative of these outreach meetings and requested more opportunities for organizing similar meetings more often. This outreach effort was very successful as it gave the audience an opportunity to directly address and get comprehensive and true information on the two most important aspects of studying in the U.S.: financial support and Visa issues.
The Embassy recognizes and appreciates the help and contribution of its alumni for volunteering their time and effort for the promotion of the programs they participated in and for helping more and more fellow Mongolians to benefit from these programs as well.