Article from our Mongolian scholar
As Summer approaches, I have finished the taught part of my course – that means I only have to do research for my dissertation in order to complete my master degree course. In addition to acquiring a world-class education that will be vital for my future career, I have also built up many life skills while living on my own in a Big Metropolitan City – London. I’ve learned to cook properly, manage my personal finance and make friends.
My research focus is on the private sector development in Mongolia. I hope my research findings will encourage small and medium size Mongolian enterprises to join the Global Value Chain with the help of state support (similar to Taiwanese development strategy). Ultimately, I hope it will contribute to the industrial policy and developmentof Mongolia.
I am always welcomed by the Rotary Clubs here, especially my host club. They keep me well informed about their projects and events. On 17th April I have visited the Tower of London, the oldest structure in London that is over 1000 years old, along with London Club Members. Yeoman Warders have been guarding the Tower of London for over 700 years, and I had the opportunity to witness their ‘Ceremony of Keys’ – the traditional locking up of the Tower of London which has been taking place every night for over 700 years. It was fascinating to feel the oldest history of London in person.
White Tower – Tower of London
Another fun event I went to with my host club was a Cruise Lunch on the Thames on 11th of May, which took off from Waterloo Festival Pier to Greenwich, of Mean Time fame – an exciting journey to see some of the notable London architectures and attractions in one go.
Cruise Trip – A selfie with Clive Amos (PE) and Hiko Tanaka (PP)
My counselor Ian Balcombe, and his wife Gillian Balcombe, occasionally invited me to their house for a nice dinner or barbeque. On 19th of May, they invited me to watch a Cricket Match at Lord’s Cricket Ground which is the oldest venue for the sport.
Cricket Match: Middlesex vs. Essex @ Lord’s Cricket Ground
Barbecue at Ian’s House – at his back Garden, St John’s Wood
Many clubs I’ve visited were wondering how come Mongolia, Hong Kong and Macau can form a Rotary District. They typically asked how Rotarians, so far apart, can participate in each other activities and the District Conference etc. I am thankful to all Rotarians who enabled me to have this life changing opportunity – a special thanks to my home Rotary District 3450, Sponsoring Club – Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, and Host Club – Rotary Club of London.