Interview with Uchral Ganbaatar, CAYN 2015 alumna from Mongolia

Tell us more about your internship at Bloomberg?

My internship at Bloomberg Mongolia TV was very helpful to discover my journalist skills. I was there for about two months. Even though I did not interview people like Bloomberg journalists did, I learned to learn from others. I learned to prioritize things not only for myself. Do it for your audience as a journalist. I am going to do my next internship there too, because two months was too short to learn all the things I wanted to.

Thanks to this internship, I am now very interested in economics, world development, and finance. It even influenced me to do my masters in economics in the near future.

You are now actively involved with UN Youth Advisory Panel. What do you do there?

In 2015, I was selected as a member of UNYAP. I fulfill all my responsibilities as a youth delegate and give all my heart to this work. Now, I am still a member and a secretary. Each member has his/her own responsibilities. For instance, a coordinator leads the panel and mobilizes the people. The secretary usually takes notes, helps the coordinator to lead the panel and do networking with UN agencies or organizations which work with youth.

Members are the core of the panel. All members, including the coordinator and the secretary must advise on the UN programmes as youth delegates. We should have our voices on the projects, and programmes. We also cooperate with foreign organizations such as UNYANET.

That’s what we do there — advising, organizing, mobilizing, and representing Mongolian youth at the UN.

You joined CAYN in 2016, was it your first time in your neighboring Central Asian countries? What major similarities and differences you have found for yourself between Mongolia and other Central Asian countries?

Indeed, it was my first time and I was in an ‘information boom’ during that time. I previously had a different picture of Central Asia and its pressing issues. Participating in the conference changed my mind and made me think about Central Asia differently.

As for the similarities, one that stands out is that youth is the key to development of Central Asian states.

Another similarity is the lack of political sustainability in our countries. Recently, Mongolian government has faced some financial issues like other Central Asian states did too. We are developing countries. This is also a similarity.

Of course there are also some differences. Natural disasters are not common in Mongolia. But I hear some news about earthquakes in Central Asian counties. I feel curious now and I want to know more about Central Asian countries.

Lastly, could you please share with your future plans with us. Who knows, maybe some of the CAYN alumni can also relate to them and can reach out to you to collaborate?

I am planning to do my Masters at the OSCE Academy in International Development and Economy as I recently found out that Mongolians can also apply. Currently I am majoring in journalism. Knowing about economy and politics is an advantage for journalists. I also discovered that I love to study international relations, economy, and Central Asia.

If the plan about OSCE Academy is successful, after my graduation, I’ll apply to the U.S universities for me to have a comparative education in Europe, Asia, and America.

Then I‘d like to do an internship at the international news agencies such as CNN, or Al Jazeera, etc. I know this will be quite competitive and I might be aiming too high. But it is required to aim high in today’s world. I’d like to use my education to provide the world with accurate and relevant information.

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