The American Center for Mongolian Studies kicks off its 1st annual Inter-disciplinary Mongolia Field School Program with 62 students in archaeology, migration, and renewable energy.

Students, faculty, and lifelong-learners from North America and Mongolia have gathered in Ulaanbaatar to attend the first summer field school program being organized by the American Center for Mongolian Studies. After an initial orientation at Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the  American Corner at the Natsagdorj Public Library, participants will have several site visits around Ulaanbaatar and will then travel to Khuvsgul, Selenge, and Darkhan-Uul provinces learning field research techniques. The program will conclude back in Ulaanbaatar on August 16.The Mongolia Field School is a summer educational program catered to North American students, instructors and life-long learners on Mongolia’s archaeology, sociology, and energy case studies. The program will be taught by North American instructors from NOMAD Science, Macalester College, Hobart and William Smith College in America, and Royal Roads University in Canada, as well as Mongolian co-instructors from National Museum of Mongolia, National University of Mongolia, and Ghent University in Belgium.

The field archaeology course will be held near Khuvsgul Lake, combining anthropological archaeology with cultural heritage tourism. The migration course will explore both the reasons people move to urban areas or remain in rural areas. Finally, the renewable energy course will explore Mongolia’s energy systems, with a focus on renewable power development, including solar, wind, and hydro power for both local and regional use.

The Mongolia Field School is possible thanks to funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, and will continue to be organized every summer with varying course topics.