February 21, 2023
President Tanaka (right) and Minister Enkh-Amgalan
On February 8, JICA President Tanaka Akihiko met with Enkh-Amgalan Luvsantseren, Mongolia’s Minister of Education and Science, at JICA Headquarters.
Minister Enkh-Amgalan thanked JICA for its long-standing cooperation in the fields of higher education and health in Mongolia, and expressed his country’s hope that the cooperation will continue. He emphasized the key role that the Higher Engineering Education Development Project, which began in 2014 and is funded by a Japanese ODA loan, is playing in Mongolia, noting in particular its generation of talented individuals who are supporting the country’s economic growth.
Regarding the three Japanese-style KOSEN (College of Industrial Technology) that were established in Mongolia in 2014, President Tanaka expressed his admiration and gratitude for the recognition they have received from students and businesses. Minister Enkh-Amgalan then introduced plans to further expand the Japanese-style KOSEN education system in Mongolia. He explained that Mongolia, serving as a model, will be sharing its knowledge with countries that are considering setting up KOSEN of their own. President Tanaka and Minister Enkh-Amgalan then exchanged views on the direction that JICA’s cooperation in higher education should take going forward.
The two parties also exchanged opinions regarding the growing need for functional enhancement and human resource development at Mongolia-Japan Hospital, Mongolia’s first university hospital, which was built using JICA grant aid.