Mayor sup­ports pro­posal to move uni­ver­si­ties out­side of UB

The UB Post - - FRONT PAGE - By B.CHINTUSHIG

On Au­gust 31, dur­ing a meet­ing of the work­ing group tasked with de­creas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion, Mayor S.Bat­bold sup­ported sev­eral so­lu­tions in­clud­ing the pro­posal to re­lo­cate uni­ver­si­ties out­side of Ulaan­baatar.

The idea has not been fully ap­proved yet but the mayor has del­e­gated the re­spon­si­bil­ity of re­search­ing and fur­ther­ing ef­forts to city of­fi­cials. S.Bat­bold has made a pro­posal to Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion G.Chu­lu­un­baatar to work to­gether on this mat­ter also.

Cur­rently, there are more than 150,000 uni­ver­sity stu­dents study­ing in 96 uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in Ulaan­baatar.

The pro­posal to re­lo­cate uni­ver­si­ties out­side the cap­i­tal to cam­pus-towns has long been dis­cussed but con­crete ac­tion is yet to be taken.

“In or­der to off­set the traf­fic con­ges­tion of Ulaan­baatar, there are sev­eral steps and ac­tions that need to be taken. One of the dis­cussed so­lu­tions is to re­lo­cate large uni­ver­si­ties to Darkhan, Er­denet, the agri­cul­tur­ally de­vel­oped Se­lenge Prov­ince, or the out­skirt dis­tricts of Ulaan­baatar,” the mayor de­tailed in his pro­posal to the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Mayor S.Bat­bold said that ex­perts pre­dict that the mea­sure will not only help al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on densely pop­u­lated ar­eas but also pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of not only other cities but also ru­ral ar­eas.

S.Bat­bold has also said that al­low­ing any new con­struc­tion of uni­ver­si­ties should be pro­hib­ited and that uni­ver­si­ties should be built in the al­ter­na­tive locations men­tioned in the fu­ture.

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