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Science parks reopen with university affiliation

By M.OYUNGEREL

Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg announced on March 4 that the former National Information Technology Park, now named Science Park – Information Technology, will operate under affiliation with National University of Mongolia (NUM) and Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST), and the newly named Science Park – Biotechnology will be affiliated with MUST and Mongolian State University of Agriculture (MSUA) .
The science park affiliation will offer university students, teachers, and researchers the opportunity to experiment with new ideas, manufacture new products, and prepare them for export. The PM thinks the parks will allow students to find business partners and investors, enable them to team up with teachers and researchers on projects, and to amplify scientific understanding through experimentation.
“Today marks a more significant day than the integration of two political parties. The opportunity for university teachers, students, and researchers to cooperate on projects and innovate is directly linked to the development of our country. Between 1960 and 2000, the Intellectual Property Office of Mongolia registered over 1,650 new creations and technologies. But in the last 15 years, over 2,680 have been registered.
“Also, 6,100 beneficial product designs have been registered, and approximately 7,560 creations have been copyrighted since 2000. This shows the intellectual capacity of Mongolians,” said PM Ch.Saikhanbileg at a ceremony celebrating the reopening of the science parks under their new names and affiliation.
The Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, L.Gantumur, also attended the ceremony, and announced that the Creative Student project has been launched to encourage innovation among university students and researchers. Undergraduate students who have submitted an innovative project idea will be able to apply for a three million MNT grant through the project. Master’s students will be eligible for a five million MNT grant, and doctoral students will be eligible for a 10 million MNT grant to develop their project proposals.
Students and researchers from NUM, MUST, and MSUA presented an exhibition of their creations at Science Park – Information Technology on March 4. The exhibition included technology from all fields, such as chemistry, physics, medicine, biology, and astronomy. A 3D printer and a CanSat rocket built by NUM students were the highlights of the exhibition.
NUM students assembled the 3D printer from parts ordered online. The printer can print objects as large as 20 square centimeters with accuracy of 0.1 millimeter, and costs 900,000 to 950,000 MNT.
The CanSat, a simulation of a real satellite, is created within a soft drink can. The CanSat on display at the science park can be launched with a small rocket, and as it slowly descends by parachute, it is used to collect data on air pressure, temperature, and soil, and transmit telemetry. Its creators say it can be used to detect forest fires and report data to monitoring centers.

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