On a recent trip to Mongolia, Professor Li Narangoa successfully convened 2 events. As part of the ANU Mongolia Institute, she helped organised its third Mongolia Update in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia on August 18, in collaboration with the National University of Mongolia. It was the first ever Mongolia Update to be organised in Mongolia.
His Excellency, Mr. John Langtry, the Australian Ambassador to Mongolia, opened the event by highlighting the importance of the Mongolia Update and Mongolian Institutions in informing Australian government, business and academic specialists as well as the general public, of recent developments and trends in Mongolia’s politics, economics, society and culture.
There were several high profile speakers including the Vice Minister of Education, Culture and Science, former Mongolian Prime Minister's and Members of Parliament and the advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Update attracted over 100 participants from 12 different countries.
The Mongolia Update was sponsored by the College of Asia and the Pacific and the Mongolian Government through its Embassy in Australia.
The second event was the Mongolia Institute workshop convened with Dr Natasha Fijn titled: A ‘One Health’ Approach: health and wellbeing on the grassland steppes of Mongolia.
The Mongolia Institute workshop was held at the Traditional Mongolian Medicine Museum in the capital of Ulaanbaatar on the 20 August.
The focus of the workshop involved a ‘whole of society’ perspective in the management of health and wellbeing in humans, animals and the environment.
The workshop was held in conjunction with a two-day Traditional Mongolian Medicine Conference. The conference theme aligned well with the premise of the workshop, ‘The Development of the Traditional Mongolian Medicine of Nomads’. The conference included participating academics and medical practitioners from Australia, France, Russia, Poland, China and Mongolia. The key purpose of the workshop was to build collaborative research ties with academics from the broader Mongolian cultural area, including Inner Mongolia in China and in Russia, as well as medical and veterinary practitioners operating within Mongolia itself.
Professor Narangoa introduced the proceedings, followed by a presentation from a Mongolian academic; Dr Natasha Fijn from the ANU and a traditional medical practitioner from Inner Mongolia. After a tea break, there were two presentations from veterinary researchers from the State University of Agriculture.
People attending the workshop included the Director of the Traditional Medicine Museum, Professor Tserensodnom and traditional medical practitioners from Kazakhstan, Inner Mongolia, Russia, Poland and Mongolia. Venerable scholars also attended from different universities in Mongolia with a recognised background in traditional medicine, including two highly respected monks, who had an in-depth knowledge of ancient traditional medicine scripts in Tibetan and Sanskrit.
Important collaborative links were made through discussions over lunch prior to the workshop and a Mongolian banquet in the evening, which featured a traditional Mongolian music performance and speeches.