Seeking Research Collaborator on Education

Looking for a Research Collaborator for Small Project on Private Education in Ulaanbaatar

I have heard some reports about the mushrooming of private primary and secondary schools in Ulaanbaatar. These schools seem to fall on a very wide spectrum from posh schools that are aiming at a mix of expatriate and wealthy Mongolian students to small, low-fee schools in ger districts. Estimates point to around 200 schools of various kinds, but there seems to be very little detailed information.

I am now planning a small research project that would essentially aim to conduct a census of these private schools in Ulaanbaatar. Beyond producing a more accurate estimate of the actual number of institutions, I would hope to get basic information on the number of students, fees involved, curricula followed, etc.

I’m hoping to complete this census in the next 12 months and will apply for funding to do so. If there are any graduate students in North America or Europe who would be interested in such a project, I would be very happy to collaborate. Collaboration would focus on planning for data collection, data collection itself and write-up of any noteworthy results.

I will also be looking for a collaborating graduate student or junior faculty member based in Mongolia to assist in data collection.

If you’re interested, please drop me an email (julian[dot]dierkes(at)ubc[dot]ca))

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