RRT RESEARCH RESPONSE Research Response Number: Country: Date: MNG32859 Mongolia 4 February 2008
Keywords: Mongolia – Homosexuals – Universities
This response was prepared by the Research & Information Services Section of the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the RRT within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. This research response may not, under any circumstance, be cited in a decision or any other document. Anyone wishing to use this information may only cite the primary source material contained herein.
Questions 1. Is there a weekly university magazine at Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST)? 2. Is it known whether the magazine publishes personal information, including gossip or explicit photographs? 3. Is there any material concerning gay/GLBT groups at MUST or other university campuses? RESPONSE Research Background On 17 January 2008, several individuals and groups were contacted for information to assist in answering these research questions : • • Mongolian Lesbian Community and Information Centre (MILC) - firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com Talivan (a GLBT group in Mongolia) - firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
(RRT Research & Information 2008, Email to Mongolian Lesbian Community and Information Centre, ‘Information Request about GLBT in Mongolia’, 17 January –
Attachment 1; RRT Research & Information 2008, Email to Talivan, ‘Information Request about GLBT in Mongolia’, 17 January - Attachment 2). A reply was received from Robyn Garner, on behalf of the Mongolian Lesbian Community and Information Centre (MILC) (Garner, R. 2008, Email to RRT Research & Information ‘Fwd: Fw: Information Request about GLBT in Mongolia [Scanned]’, 31 January – Attachment 3). No other replies were received. 1. Is there a weekly university magazine at Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST)? Little detailed information could be found on the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) in general. Whilst the university appears to be large, and has high student enrolment, it does not appear to attract a significant deal of international attention, appearing in few press reports of note, and on only a small number of affiliated institutional websites (see for example ‘Mongolian University of Science and Technology’ (undated), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology website http://reu.sdsmt.edu/mongolian.html - Accessed 31 January 2008 – Attachment 4. Note that the link to the MUST website provided on this site is broken). MUST has both a Mongolian-based and an English-based website, and the English-based site provides an outline of the university (http://www.must.edu.mn/emust/) . A message from the President of the University states: The Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST), one of the Leading State Universities of the country, is situated on its extensive campuses in Ulaanbaatar City, Darkhan, Erdenet, Uburkhangai, and Sukhbaatar provinces. MUST is made up of seventeen professional schools, colleges and 3 research institutes and 36 experimental and technology centers whose faculty offer educational opportunities to students ranging from first-year undergraduates through doctoral-level candidates in engineering, technology, and others. Currently about 20000 students including international students are enrolling and enjoying life at the university, and 120 professors and over thousand staff is engaged in student training, educational and research activities, university administration and management. MUST cooperates with staff and students in order to achieve the following goals: § Implementing Government policy for higher education, technology development, research work, and industrial development; and...