Mongolia is expanding cooperation with Facebook in various sectors. Facebook company has expressed that they are willing to cooperate on improving the cybersecurity, opening up the digital economy opportunities to support e-trade or export and using the VR technology to increase the education sufficiency in Mongolia. Headed by Ms. Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of Communications and Information Technology Authority and her team, Ms. Byambajargal, Representative of Facebook Company in Mongolia made the virtual meeting with Mr. George Chen, Director of Facebook PR Policy in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia. Mongolia has been cooperating with Facebook since 2018 and working successfully on preventing the crimes and violations in the social medias, proper use of internet and improvement of universal digital literacy among the citizens.
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POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME AT THE NORTHWESTERN POLYTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CHINA
The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization is pleased to announce Post-Doctoral Scholarship Programme for 2020 at the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) of P.R. China. The NPU is located in Xi’an, China’s renowned ancient capital and the gateway to the historic Silk Road. Governed by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the NPU is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented university, with 17 academic schools. The university programmes cover fundamental science and engineering, humanities, management and social sciences. Its unique value lies in its research and education programmes in aeronautics, astronautics, and marine technology engineering — it is the only Chinese university featuring programmes in all the three areas. Moreover, NPU has strong programmes in materials, mechanical engineering and mechanics, as well as computer science, communication and control sciences. Research directions: Mechanics Aeronautical and Astronautical Science and TechnologyComputer Science and TechnologyControl Technology and EngineeringMechanical Engineering Period: 2-4 years depending the research work Grants: RMB 120 000 per year for research subsidiesRMB 2 000 per moth for housing subsidiesRMB 60 000 per year for annual subsidies Requirements: Shall be citizen of MongoliaShall be under age of 35 years by 15 April 2020Must hold Ph.D degreeMust have 3.0 GPA or above Application documents: Application Form for Post-DoctorPhD Diploma/Certificate (notarized photocopy or original one) and obtained PhD within the recent 3 years, or Certificate of Expected Graduation Date from the dissertation defense committee of the university studying currentlyAbstract of doctorate dissertationFull version of doctorate dissertationProvide study and work resumes as well as academic achievementsDoctoral degree should be conferred by a world renowned university. /Applicants’ doctoral degree requirement is adjusted to be issued by one of the top three universities in your country.Two Recommendation Letters (at least from Professor or Academic Expert)Photocopy of Physical Examination Form and the Report on Blood ExaminationThe Results of TOEFL, IELTSProvide proof of no criminal recordPhotocopy of First Page of Passport (the information page). Selection procedures: The Applicant will be invited to the first interview to be provided by the Communications and Information Technology Authority and materials of only potential interviewers will be sent to the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization. The final interview will be held by online and last decision on the selection will made by the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization and Northwest Polytechnic University. Submission deadline: 25 March 2020 Contacts: Ms. Ariuntuul P Room 100, Foreign Relations Division of the CITA, Central Post Office Phone: 329236, 99283868 Email: email@example.com
MASTA AND DOCSTA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AT THE BEIHANG UNIVERSITY OF CHINA
The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization is pleased to make an announcement for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program 2020 on Space Technology and its` Applications (DOCSTA) and MASTA 2020 Programme on Space Technology Applications (MASTA) on following research directions at the Beihang University of China. Beihang University was founded in 1952, considered to be one of the top four engineering research universities in Beijing, with an emphasis on aeronautical and astronautical engineering, but also covering diverse fields in the natural sciences, high technology, economics, management, the liberal arts, law, philosophy, foreign languages, and education. Research directions: Satellite Communications and Global Navigation Satellite System (SC&GNSS)Remote Sensing and Geo-information System (RS&GIS)Space Law and PolicySpace Science and Environment Period: MASTA 1 year 9 months, DOCSTA 3-4 years Grants: Tuition fee for 2 yearsFree accommodation (not including subsidies cost, such as water and electricity)Living allowance (3000 RMB per month for MASTA, 3500 RMB per month for DOCSTA)Medical insurance only for accident and hospitalization treatmentRound-trip air ticket (only one time) Requirements: Shall be citizen of MongoliaShall be under age of 35 years for MASTA and 40 years for DOCSTA by 1 March 2020Shall have some professional experiences of working at least 2 years in space technology industry or research institutesShall have Bachelor or Master degree of relevant discipline (Natural science or telecommunications engineer) of accredited universities of Mongolian or other countries governmentExpected to have good command of Enlgish and the ability to take courses in EnglishSupposed to have research background in relevant areasMust have 3.0 GPA or above Application documents: Application Form (https://studyinchina.csc.edu.cn)Diploma/Certificate (notarized photocopy or original one) Two Recommendation Letters (at least 2 from Professor or Academic Expert)Reference letter of current employerStudy plan List of research papersCertificate of English proficiency Photocopy of Physical Examination Form and the Report on Blood ExaminationPhotocopy of First Page of Passport Selection procedures: The Applicant will be invited to the first interview to be provided by the Communications and Information Technology Authority and materials of only potential interviewers will be sent to the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization. The final interview will be held by online and last decision on the selection will made by the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization and Beihang University. Submission deadline: 20 February 2020 Contacts: Ms. Ariuntuul P Room 100, Foreign Relations Division of the CITA, Central Post Office Phone: 329236, 99283868 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIGITAL LITERACY LIBRARY READY TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE TEACHERS
Digital Literacy Library, the training programme with 5 articles and 18 lesson subjects, developed by the CITA in order to foster proper use of internet and social media by children and youth, is ready to be distributed to the teachers and students. The MoU was established between the CITA and Facebook Inc. in 2018 on cooperation to increase public awareness and digital skill concerning the proper use of internet and social media. And within the framework of that cooperation, in assistance with Faro Foundation Mongolia, the Digital Literacy Library programme was translated and published. The programme will help students from ages of 11-18 to ensure their private security, adjust proper usage and to engrain their positive attitude in social networks. The programme lessons in the Library are developed by the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and has been successfully applied in over 60 countries worldwide. By the by, UNESCO is officially defined that “Digital literacy is the ability to access, manage, understand, integrate, communicate, evaluate and create information safely and appropriately through digital devices and networked technologies for participation in economic and social life.”
ORGANIZED RESEARCH COMPETITION ON IMPROVEMENT OF LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Within the framework of APT Young Professional and Student Programme 2019, the research competition on improvement of legal environment of digital content and social media successfully organized among young researchers and students in order to enhance their legal knowledge concerning ICT sector and cross-sector regulation and to involve their participation in policy-making processes. The competition publicly announced from 23 September until 23 November 2019 through websites, social media, printed posters and other official sources and totally received around 30 research papers. Dr. Bold-Erdene, Deputy Director of Science School of National University of Mongolia, Mrs. Byambasuren E, Consulting Engineer of Mongolia, Mr. Zolzaya A, Director General of Broadcasting and Digital Content Department of the CITA, Mrs. Narantsetseg B, Director of Entrepreneur, Innovation and Research Department of National IT Park and Mrs. Ariuntsetseg D, Policy Expert of Digital Environment of the CITA are worked as a referees. After tough discussion and dialogues among participants and referees, following papers considered as best and agreed to be published and introduced to policy-making organizations. Photo 1. Referees Topic 1: Legal environment on digital content 1st prize: Ms. Sunderiya B, Master of School of Law, National University of Mongolia- Researches on legal regulation of digital content development In her paper, she comprehensively considered how the concept of content, including digital content, defined in legal acts and incorporated into the legal system of Mongolia, how it could be improved, and how relevant risks and conflicts could be handled. Moreover, she provided comparative studies on current legal situation with other countries, such as Germany, which has similar legal system as Mongolia, and raised specific proposals and ideas. Photo 2. 1st prize winner for the topic Legal environment on digital content 2nd prize: Mr. Sergelen D, Student of 2nd grade, Class of International Relations, University of Humanity- Develop soft-power policy through national digital contents Mr. Sergelen was one of the youngest participants, and at the beginning of his presentation, he emphasized the importance of soft-power policy. In other words, he mentioned that some countries, namely America, China, Japan and Korea, are competing for their content production and development that demonstrate their culture, history, custom and unique features and noted that Mongolia also shall pay great attention on it. He took internet game market as an example for his studies and was praised by the referees for the interesting and expedient initiation. In fact, the internet game is a kind of digital content development and not only valuable as a regular market or consumer, it can not only promote history and culture of the country, but also improve its economic benefits. 3rd prize: Mr. Margad-Erdene B, Student of 3rd grade, School of Law, National University of Mongolia- Legal environment to promote digital content This participant cited multiple sources of popular concepts and definition of digital content and emphasized that to develop this sector, the major attention shall be given to public awareness and content promotion as well as creation of new habits and attitudes on proper and great usage of those contents. Topic 2: Challenges on social media networking and their solutions 1st prize: Ms. Soninbayar Ch, Student of 2nd grade, Class of Law, Otgontenger University (private) - Challenges and solutions of social media usage (on e-commerce example) Photo 3. 1st prize winner for the topic Social Media Networking Exciting others with her speech skills, she was in the forefront picking up e-commerce as her study theme, which is the most challenging issue in Mongolia and requiring prompt and effective regulation, and provided effective studies comparing with best practices of other countries. 2nd prize: Ms. Tserenduzee E, Student of 4th grade, Class of Journalism, School of Science, National University of Mongolia- Survey of student awareness on fake news She took great appreciation from referees by conducting accurate survey among students of her peers on awareness and impact of fake news, which follows much trouble in social media networking and based on its results, made an objective assessment and proposed inventive ideas. 3rd prize: Ms. Dolgorsuren B, young Lecturer, School of ICT, Mongolian University of Science and Technology- Development of monitoring and filtering technologies in social media networks This participant touched the issue of personal security in social networking and defined the ways to solve it based on software calculation. She showed in her presentation that it is possible to develop filtering technologies to control the social media networking and proposed technical solutions to develop software that automatically check and control digital contents using big data algorithm. Photo 4. Winners of the competition As a result of the conference, besides of the study and assessment of the current legal situation for digital content and social media in Mongolia, the following recommendations were circulated: Evaluate and assess the weakness and disadvantage of existing laws and regulations;Consider websites as a media and ensure their content equality (balanced content)Improve legal environment through developing branch-law or inserting amendment on now-existing law;Promote SMEs in this field and allow them to get financial support from the Government as other SMEs;Promote national content development, for example to develop online games with Mongolian national character and support to introduce into global market;Incorporate future policies with the pride and protection of our national heritage and traditions and reflect regulating provisions, if other countries use Mongolian national heritage and historical elements in their digital content.
LAW ON BROADCASTING ADOPTED
The Parliament today provided last discussion on the drafting of Law on Broadcasting and approved it. The Law aims to define legal framework of broadcasting services, provide those services in line with national and public interests, ensure fair market competition and has articles regulating prevention from excessive ownership concentration, ownership transparency, fund of national contents and general criteria of service providers. The fund will support national contents of kids, heritage, culture and traditions. The Law shall come into force from 01 July 2020.
Let’s Join the “Share the Positive” National Campaign
Please join the “Share the Positive” campaign, organized by Crime Prevention Regulatory Union, Communications and Information Technology Authority, UN Children’s Foundation, Faro Foundation Mongolia Non-Government Organization and Facebook Inc., which aims to prevent child related crimes and risks in cyber environment, and to encourage digital literacy in social media environment.Through this campaign, we will share fresh contents and lessons on daily basis.The official National Digital Literacy program contents are available for free on the following social media accounts and pages: FB: @DigitalLiteracyMongolia Instagram: @DigitalLiteracyMongolia Twitter: @LiteracyMN Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCvZSTKk6AP_buSjEQiN_dlA Also available on the following social media pages of the initiator of the National Digital Literacy Program: Mr. ZOLZAYA Arild, Director of Broadcasting and Digital Content Policy Planning Department, Communications and Information Technology Authority, Government of Mongolia. FB: @azolzaya Instagram: @MrZoloo Twitter: @MrZoloo Another key member to the campaign is Ider-Od Bat-Erdene, well known stand-up comedian in Mongolia. He has been working as advisor of Digital Literacy Campaign of CITA and local ambassador of Faro Foundation Mongolia NGO. FB: @iderod Instagram: @iderodcomedian Twitter: @iderodcomedian
ICT EXPO 2019 TOOK PLACE
The annual ICT Expo 2019 successfully organized at the Misheel Expo Center from 27-29 September 2019 by the Communications and Information Technology Authority for the 13th consecutive year under the motto- Together in Digital Development. The expo was attended by more than 50 organizations of public and private sectors and introduced latest technology and ICT new products and services. Best of Best award- Mobicom Corporation. Innovative technology and solution- iTools Best product- Veritech ERPBest service- CallProBest national content- Skytel Best start-up- Odo Ecosystems Best social responsible company- Unitel Best digital service- Golomt BankBest public organization introducing innovation and technology (CITA named award)- National Road Transport CenterBest booth design- Mongolia Telecom In the framework of the ICT Expo 2019, a forum also took place under the theme, ‘Digital Development’, at Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel on 24 September 2019 where local and international companies introduced their new technologies, exchanged best practices, discussed future trend, challenges and further measures to be taken.