Sixty Students Complete Oyu Tolgoi Youth Development Programme

Sixty young people from 44 Ulaanbaatar schools on Monday graduated from the Oyu Tolgoi’s Youth Development Programme, a three month long intensive leadership and capacity development course.

The graduates on Monday received their certificates, with a small group of high-performing participants receiving scholarships to study at university.

Michael Gavin – Oyu Tolgoi’s General Manager, People & Organisation presented the certificates, saying: “The Youth Development Programme is our vision brought to life – helping transform the natural wealth of Mongolia, embodied in its youth, to enduring value, knowledge, and skill through education. We are proud to play this part in helping these bright, promising students deliver to their potential.”

G. Enkhzaya, student from 24th school said in her speech: “The programme taught us to be team players and showed the importance of each individual contribution to team successes. By following this path, we have built strong foundations to help us continue on the paths we have chosen, becoming successful leaders along the way. I am so greatful to OT and our teachers who made this possible.”

This year, 239 applications were received from 36 public and eight private schools in Ulaanbaatar, with 60 students selected to take part in the programme. The students began studying modules in leadership and capacity development in October 2015.

The programme was set up in 2014 to develop the capacity of candidates for Oyu Tolgoi’s national and international scholarship programme; helping students develop relevant skills as they transition from high school to university.

The programme is jointly organized with the Mongolia chapter of AIESEC, an international independent, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Student members of AIESEC Mongolia played an active role in delivering the programme, teaching modules, and providing positive examples for the younger generation.

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Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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