The time is almost here for the BYU MS Asia Pacific Area Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The BYU MS team in Mongolia is in the middle of making sure of all the last minute preparations. Many others are starting to pack, prepare speeches and to start their travel. We are excited for all of us to meet up in Mongolia.
We wanted to review a few things about what is happening so that everyone is on the same page. If you have any questions or concerns please do let us know.
Tour on May 16th - For the Tour on May 16th we have already sent out the notices but wanted to remind everyone that the bus will pick those up who are coming with us at these two locations and times:
This first pick BZ Church at 9 am: The first pick up will be 9am from the BZ church building, we have sent the address to everyone.
The second pick up Kempinski Hotel 9:10 am: The second pick up will be at 9.10 from the Kempinski Hotel, Please be in the lobby at 9:00 am.
Friday May 17th -
8:30 am in Room 301 will be the BYU MS Asia Pacific Training Meeting. All Chapter heads, and Chapter Board members are required to attend. Each chapter is to prepare a short presentation lasting about 8 mins long on what their chapters have accomplished and to share their chapter goals.
8:00 am also at the church building, the Church Service Center has arranged for the other participants to go out to see the BYU Ger Project. We have given them a list of who will be going. If you are not sure which meeting you are to attend, please check.
11:00 am the Conference will start. Please plan to be there on time. For more information on the schedule please check out the schedule on this website on the schedules page or the link below.
7 pm on Friday night all those that have an VIP invitation, there is a VIP dinner at the Kempinski Hotel.
Saturday May 18th -
The conference will start promptly at 9 am and will go throughout the day.
Thank you all so much for participating and we look forward to seeing you there.
BYU MS Mongolia Committee
PS Check the weather as it can be a bit cooler at this time of year.
The BYU Management Society Asia Pacific Area is hosting an area wide Business Plan Competition. This years Business Plan Competition will have a very distinguished panel of judges. Our goal was to have an area wide BYU standard business plan competition that was open to all - BYU Graduates - non BYU Graduates, old and young alike.
Though the competition got started a bit later than we hoped, we were still able to get submissions from Cambodia, Taiwan and Mongolia. We hope to make this an annual event. so we look forward to our receiving many more business plans from many other countries and chapters in the coming years.
The business plan submissions will be judged in two phases. The first phase will take place on Friday, May 17th, when a panel of judges will look at all the submissions and decide on the top 8 finalists. Those finalist will then present their plans before the entire BYU Management Society Conference on Saturday, May 18th at 10:20 am . Each finalists will give a 3 minute presentation pitch that can be a video or a speech. This will then be followed by an 5-8 minute Q & A sessions by the judges. Those finalists who our not able to attend the conference, we will Skype or Conference call them in to give their presentation and to answers any questions about their project.
As we did not receive enough applications in every category, the judges will choose the overall winner and allot the other cash prizes. The overall winner will also receive a ticket to fly to BYU in Provo Utah for the BYU Global Management Society Conference in the fall. They will be acknowledged at that conference as the BYU MS Asia Pacific winner and will also received a VIP tour of BYU Provo.
The BYU MS Asia Pacific would like to thank Dr Jason Scott Earl of the Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship at BYU Hawaii for his invaluable insights and help in our setting up this competition. Dr Earl will be one of our judges for this business plan competition. Without the fundraising help of BYU MS Hong Kong and BYU MS Taiwan Chapters this business plan competition would not have been possible.
Giving Back to our communities is one of the focuses of the BYU Management Society. As part of the BYU MS Mongolia Conference we are seeking your help by Giving Back by Giving Warmth to impoverished children in Mongolia who are in dire need of proper winter clothing, winter boots and school supplies.
During the brutal winter months, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia has the worse air pollution in the world (see our last post on how the BYU Capstone Ger Project is seeking to help solve this - One Ger at a Time). The air pollution is causing a lot of harm to the health of Mongolia’s children.
But what many do not realize is that many of these same children are now having to live under extreme winter weather changes, which is causing some even harsher bitter cold weather during the already cold winter months. UNICEF recently estimated that due to these ever new harsh winter weather cycles, many Mongolian children just do not have adequate clothing to be able to properly attend school so their education is suffering. Poor families are just not equipped to give their children all the winter coats and boots they need to survive this ever harsher winter weather.
How can you help?
You can help by supporting our Giving Back Give Warmth Project for the BYU MS Conference in Mongolia.
For your convenience, you will find a PayPal payment link on the bottom of our Giving Back Page (see our page link below) that will accept all major Credit Cards.
Your support in this Giving Back Project and the Youth For Success Charity is greatly appreciated.
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.