This is a guest post, written by one of VIU’s MBA Students, Ariunaa Dashtsogt, who traveled from her home country of Mongolia to study in the United States. Ariunaa is pictured on the far right in the photo below. Thank you Ariunaa for creating such an informative post for us to share on our blog!

Ms. Hilary Kozikowski, Dr. Isa Sarac, HE Kh. Bekhbat, & Ms. Ariunaa Dashtsogt

On October 3, 2011 Dr. Isa Sarac, President of Virginia International University (VIU), and Ms. Hilary Kozikowski, Academic Coordinator for the School of Business met with the U.S. Ambassador Kh.Bekhbat at the Mongolian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Sarac began the meeting by mentioning VIU’s goal and mission statement:  “Our University was established in 1998 with the goal of providing affordable, quality higher-education to students as they prepare to meet ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st Century workforce. Our student body represents more than 70 different countries. We have qualified and experienced professors, and our curricula includes practical experience. On the other hand, VIU started our relationship with the Mongolian Embassy about 10 years ago.  So we are ready to invite Mongolian students to the U.S.”

Ambassador Kh.Bekhbat said that he was very proud of VIU.  He stated, “Several hundred Mongolian students have studied at VIU. It’s fantastic! I like very much that VIU’s mantra is ‘Dream, Discover, and Accomplish’. It’s very important, especially to the Mongolian students. Students who want to come start a career and build their future.”

The Ambassador encouraged VIU to continue its support the young people who come to study. He mentioned that the Mongolian population is growing in Virginia, and suggested organizing a cultural exchange with the local community.  “In the Mongolian embassy we have two big priorities which are political interactions between two countries, and expand trade and economic ties,” the Ambassador explained.  “We are proud to have the United States as a third neighbor to Mongolia. People-to-people contacts, interaction in defense and education spheres are very important part of the communication. Let’s work together, to make possible future education exchange.”

Currently, there are roughly 2000 Mongolian students studying in the U.S.  Most of them are privately funded, with a limited number funded by the government.  The Ambassador mentioned that the Mongolian government is extremely interested in increasing the number of Mongolian students in U.S.   He encouraged VIU to offer more programs in the area of applied sciences such as engineering and medical degrees. He believes it’s a field that will help economic development.

To date, VIU has graduated about 300 Mongolian students.

VIU President Dr. Isa Sarac & Mongolian Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Kh. Bekhbat


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