Khovd University

Research activities

Scientific and research work is an integral component of the university. We have defined the natural, social and humanitarian issues of the western region of Mongolia and have directed our research in each of these areas to assist in solving these problems.
Research conferences and workshops:
The administration, schools, faculties, departments and scientists of KhU organize international, regional and local-level scientific conferences, workshops and schools that provide much importance to the mental development of the region.
The annual and biannual conferences and workshops organized by KhU are as follows:
- "Natural conditions, history and culture of the people in Western Mongolia and its contiguous regions" /biannual conference in cooperation with Tomsk State University of the Russian Federation/
- "Altai: ecology and nature exploitation" scientific conference of young researchers /annually, in cooperation with Biisk Pedagogical University of the Russian Federation/
- Scientific conference of KhU teachers
- Scientific conference of KhU students
- "Reform of training technology"/annual workshop/
- "Language, culture and cross cultural communication" /biannually, started in 2008/
- "Altai-our common home" student's summer school /annually in cooperation with the countries and organizations which are the participants of "Altai-our common home" international organization/
- "Tod Script-360 year anniversary" /2008/
Research expedition
Since KhU was established, it has developed scientific research activities as one of its main directions and focal points by organizing and implementing expeditions and research studies (ethnic languages and dialects, archeology, ethnography, geology, mineralogy, beaver acclimatization, botany, seismology, limnology, herders' social problems, soil-science, pasture ecology, Oirat study) with the purpose of conducting wide-range research in cooperation with domestic and foreign universities and scientific institutions that work independently on the geography, socio-economic issues, plants and animals, and rivers and lakes of the region (Mongol Altai, The basin of Great Lakes, Khar Us lake, Khovd river, mineral springs and minerals of the western region). They are:
- Expedition to Lake Khar Us
- Expedition to Lake Uvs
- Research of Khovd river basin
Scientific transactions
By the end of 2007, the university had published 11 volumes of scientific transactions on various scientific field studies in order to provide a good opportunity for experts working in various fields of sci¬ences to share experiences, to discuss the newest results, to consider the prospects of applica¬tions and to stimulate interdisciplinary exchanges. From 2008, the scientific transactions are being published with the following classifications in accordance with the establishment of the faculties in the university:
- Collections of research work conducted in the field of Natural Sciences.
- Collections of research work conducted in the field of Social Sciences.
- Collections of research work in Foreign Languages and Culture.
In addition to the collections above, materials from other international and regional conferences, workshops, and discussions that organized by the university are being published.
Advanced seminars
Scientific, theoretical and practical advanced seminars are regularly held at the schools with the purpose of implementing the master plan. The most important task of KhU is to improve the theoretical and practical levels of the research conducted by the teachers.
To encourage the research work, KhU works to circulate the results of research completed among the staff, providing assessments, and increase the possibilities of information exchange. The seminars discuss a wide-range of issues, such as definite scientific themes and projects of the researchers, results of the studies carried out within the framework of expeditions, results of any other studies, studies given by the candidates for doctoral degrees, and outlines of new scientific discoveries and evaluations on their theoretical and practical significance. Besides these advanced seminars, theoretical and methodological seminars are held at each depart¬ment and the results are presented and discussed.
Scientific Projects And Research
Projects and research implemented by the university:
1984-1986. "Development and changes in the lifestyle of the population in the western region of
Mongolia
1994-1998. "Research of the natural park of the Great Lakes Depression" 1995-1997. Project "Altai-1" to explore the history, ethnography, dialectology and folk literature of
Western Mongolians
1998-2000. "Research on radio-activity around Khovd city" (in cooperation with the NUM) 2002-2005. "Research on the magnetic field of the Western region" (in cooperation with the Academy of
Science
2002-2006. "Ecological and geographical assessment on Mongol Altai mountainous region" 2002-2004. "Research of magnetic fields conducted in the western region" 2003-2005. "Beavers and muskrats in Khovd province" 2004-2006. Project "Altai-2" to explore the history, ethnography, dialectology and folk literature of the
Western Mongolians 2005-2006. Over 10 projects have been implemented by taking part in the program Community based
Conservation of Biodiversity in the Mountain landscapes of Mongolia's Altai Sayan Eco-region" 2005-2007. "Research on the minerals and raw materials of the western region" 2005-2007. "Research on dusty plasma" 2006-2008. "Ecological research on the water of Khovd river" Joint scientific projects and researches: 2002-2005. "Pasture ecological changes of Khovd province" in cooperation with the plant and landscape institution of the Greifswald University of the Federal Republic of Germany 2004-2006. "Oirat study" in cooperation with Xinjiang Pedagogical University, PR of China 2006-2006."Languages and literature of the people in Mountainous Altai and its contiguous regions" incooperation with the Gorny Altai State University of the Russian Federation
2006-2007. "The region of Altai Sayan as an ecosystem of nomads" in cooperation with Altai State University of the Russian Federation 2006-2006. "The urgent ethnographic, cultural and religious issues of the original people of Russian andMongolian Altai" in cooperation with Gorny Altai State University of the Russian Federation.
2006-2007. The VIII international scientific conference "Natural conditions, history and culture of the people in Western Mongolia and its contiguous regions" in cooperation with the GornyAltai State University of the Russian Federation
2007-2007. "The complex of archeological monuments in Ulaan khudag of the Western Mongolia" in cooperation with the Altai State University of the Russian Federation
2008-2008. "The urgent ethnographic, cultural and religious issues of the original people of Russian And Mongolian Altai" in cooperation with Gorny Altai State University of the Russian Federation
2007-2008. "The shared idiomatic expressions and similes in Mongolian and Altai languages" in cooperation with Gorny Altai State University of the Russian Federation
2007-2008. "Association and assessment of Russian language and culture by people with different culture" in cooperation, with Altai State University of the Russian Federation
2008-2008. "Research on archeological complex monuments in the basin of the river Buyant" in cooperation with Altai State University of the Russian Federation.

Projects and researches being implemented:
2006-2009. "Effects of pasture capacity in the dry ecosystem of Mongolia" in cooperation with the soil-science and agro-chemical institution of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Science 2008-2010. "Particle formation in weakly ionized plasmas and gasses"
2008-2008. "Technology of coal-economical stoves" within the framework of the Swiss project "Coping with desertification"
2008-2008. "Management for proper utilization of resources and prevention from excessive
multiplication of grasshoppers in Munkhkhairkhan" by the order of the Ministry ofEnvironmental protection
2008-2008. "Project for making cooperatives more competent by acclimatizing marmots" by the order of the Ministry of Environmental protection
Joint scientific projects and researches being implemented in cooperation with foreigners: 2008-2010. "Understanding the emotion that constitutes the non-verbal signs of Mongolian and Russian speakers and its occasional reasons"
2008-2009. "Formation of the world-view of the nomads in Altai and north-western Mongolia and socio-ethnographic processes" in cooperation with Altai State University
2008-2009. "The peculiarities of the expressing of the Russian and Mongolian cultural constants in the Altai boundary regions" in cooperation with Altai Technical University
2009-2009. The IX international scientific conference "Natural conditions, history and culture of the people in Western Mongolia and its contiguous regions" in cooperation with the Tomsk State University of the Russian Federation
2009-2010. "Research on fractal geometry" in cooperation with Gorny-Altai State University Research financed by KhU:
The university has implemented some research works related to the leading topics of research by KhU as stated by the development policy and the master plan for developing KhU using university domestic resources. The research works are aimed at developing the following activities:
- To maintain the research on local studies, enact social services for the countryside people, implement a policy for eliminating poverty and to study the natural, social, humanitarian and engineering fields,
- To improve the condition for carrying our research by the teachers of the newly-established departments and sectors, strengthen them scientifically, develop post-graduate research works, support young teachers and researchers, and prepare the young generation of scientists,
- To increase the capacity of KhU scientific activities and create new directions of research and
training.
In 2008 four research projects, three of which have given their results, were selected.
Research areas
As a prestigious and dynamic university located in Western Mongolia, Khovd University has a wide range of research areas and possibilities for carrying out theoretical, practical and applied studies in the fields of regional environment, socio-economics, language, traditions, culture, educational study, folklore and script studies.

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