In Mongolia it is estimated that 25 to 40% of the Mongolian population are nomadic herders who have a Ger and will move their Ger as they move from place to place In Ulaanbaatar it is estimated that 50 to 60% of the population live in a Ger shanty town. A Ger or Yurt as some people know it, is a round structure that can easily be disassembled and moved. Over the years the Mongolians have perfected the art of being able to build, assemble and transport their Ger’s.
Living in a Ger is a traditional way of life in Mongolia, but there are also a lot of problems associated with Ger life. One is that Ulaanbaatar has a pollution problem and a large part of what is driving the pollution is the coal burning stoves that the Ger’s are using for their heating and cooking. Mongolia has a very high morality rate from respiratory complications.
The BYU Engineering Capstone Project has taken on the challenge to find a way to improve the lives in the Ger district. They are looking at ways to replace the present Ger Structure and the present method of Ger heating.
Their goals for the design objectives are:
1. To minimize air pollution in the Ger Districts by using a zero emission heating source.
2. Develop affordable and low power heating options, which will include energy efficient electrical heating.
3. Improve thermal efficiency and heat retention of the Ger home. They estimate the new Ger insulation method will reduce the need for heat from 5-10 Kw to just 1 Kw.
4. Develop an alternative Ger home dwelling as a Ger replacement.
The objectives for the project is:
1. To improve air quality in Ulaanbaatar by reducing particulates emitted from coal stoves – one ger at a time
2. Enhance the insulated properties of a traditional Ger.
3. Provide controllable heating throughout day or night.
4. Provide affordable and energy efficient housing alternative for low income families.
5. Help improve quality of life for the Mongolian people.
For those visitors that are interested, as part of the BYU MS Mongolia conference we will try to have some tours to go out to see the BYU Engineering Capstone Ger project. This project will be in three phases and the BYU MS Mongolia conference will be in middle of the BYU Capstone project, so not all data would have been collected or changes made.
I have been told that visiting the Genghis Khan Statue is like visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York City. So it is no surprise that our one day tour of Mongolian on May 16th will include a visit to this iconic statue.
The Genghis Khan Statue is the largest statue of Genghis Khan found anywhere in the world. The statue is 40 meters or 130 feet high. You can go into the statue and from the statue take photos of the country side. Learn and discover why the Mongolians conquered the world in the 13th Century. There is a very good visitors center and film that gives an overview of Mongolia and its history.
Here is an overview of the bus tour we will be taking:
Our driver will pick you up at an arranged time. We will travel about 1½ hours to the great statue of Genghis Khan. This statue is not only the largest statue of Chinggis Khan in Mongolia but in the entire world. Its height is 40 meters (130 feet). From the visitor’s center, the top of the statue is accessible by elevator. Here we learn how and why Mongolians conquered the World in 13th century. This vantage point provides great photo opportunities. Also, you could take pictures with Mongolian traditional clothes sitting in the traditional Mongolian ger.
09.00 Bus will pick up some guests from Best Western Hotel at 08.50 am and leave from the BZ Church building and drop by Kempinsky Hotel by 09.15 am
10.00 Arrive at the Statue. But we may drop by a camel and vulture site for photography on the road. The statue has a visitor center provides a quick and historical information.
12.00 Light lunch in the bus. And return to Ulaanbaatar. Depends on the traffic we will arrive in Ulaanbaatar around 2.00 pm.
Cost - 45 USD/person (please confirm you will join us during your registration process)
There may be many who will ask, why is the BYU Management Society Asia-Pacific Area holding their annual 2019 conference in Mongolia? For many International guests it is a long distance to travel and a location that may seem a bit off the beaten track.
There are many reasons why the 2019 Host Country for the BYU Management Society is Mongolia. Here are 5 reasons why.
The answer is simple. This is a very worthy BYU Management Society Chapter and we look forward to the exciting 2019 BYU Management Society Asia - Pacific Conference that is being held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on May 17th and 18th.
Come Join Us! This is an event not to be missed.