By Julian Dierkes
With all the scandals surrounding corruption in the past month and the no-confidence vote against PM Khurelsukh failing, it’s time for a re-imagining of a previous post. I’m expanding my campaign from trying to become the foreign minister to trying to become the foreign education minister.
Warning: attempts at (nerdy Mongolian politics) humour below. Note that this is based on a Twitter thread I posted on Nov 30.
My extended application to be appointed Foreign Minister of Education, Culture, Science & Sports in Khurelsukh cabinet.
— Julian Dierkes (@jdierkes) November 30, 2018
Ts Tsogzolmaa voted for the motion of no-confidence against PM Khurelsukh in parliament on Nov 30. What makes that surprising is that Tsogzolmaa is a member of PM Khurelsukh’s cabinet where she serves as Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports. Khurelsukh appointed her to cabinet, but she now voted against him in the no-confidence vote. Would you agree that it is unlikely that she will remain in cabinet? In addition, a number of cabinet members are tainted by the SME Fund scandal, so perhaps we are due for a cabinet shuffle or Khurelsukh II?
And if a cabinet reshuffle, why not try something new, namely me as Foreign Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports?
My Qualifications to become Foreign Minister of Education
I grew up in Berlin, far Northwestern Mongolia, and thus practically Khovd with its strong tradition of powerful political leaders.
I am definitely not from one of the “30 families”, so move over, Nomtoibayar.
I enjoy lactase persistence.
I don’t wear a double deel (давхар дээл), but I do like to wear my themo-deel when it’s cold.
— Julian Dierkes (@jdierkes) December 22, 2017
It has always struck me as odd how important candidates’ educational biographies seem to be in political campaigns, so here are the universities that I have attended or taught at:
- Univ of California at Berkeley (BA)
- International Christian University
- Sophia University
- Free University of Berlin
- Princeton University (MA and PhD)
- University of Cambridge
- University of British Columbia (Assistant, then Associate Professor).
I speak some languages fluently (German, English, Japanese) and some if need be (French). I understand a surprising amount of Mongolian, but am shy about speaking it. Becoming Foreign Education Minister would be a great opportunity to improve my Mongolian!
I do try to have a sense of humour on occasion (like here), though most of my jokes flop in English for linguistic reasons or as too nerdy.
I have dedicated myself to supporting Mongolian graduate students.
— Bulgan Batdorj (@tsasmusus) November 29, 2018
Subject Knowledge Education:
Past research on history textbooks (Japan and the Germanies), legal education (Japan), and supplementary education (Japan), democratization (Mongolia).
Administrative Experience Education:
Currently Associate Dean at a top-40 global university (UBC).
I would be willing change my adopted name from Dumbledorj to Dambadorj (дамбадорж) to demonstrate my willingness to defend Mongolian culture against the onslaught of Western pop culture.
I am resistant to bribery and corruption because I’m hoping to be so good in this life that I’ll be reborn as a Mongolian throat singer in my next life.
I am definitely a social scientist and will pursue evidence-informed policy!
I have supported the Mongolian Olympic Team as a volunteer in Vancouver and London and hope to do so again at Tokyo 2020.
I have played field hockey for over four decades, this season I even scored a goal!
- expand and institutionalize academic freedom
- review tuition for state universities and budgets based on tuition only
- no political appointments to education positions
- create Mongolian-Canadian Friendship School
- promote field hockey as an Olympic sport
- build up applied research capacity, focused particularly on solar power and how cold can aid carbon sequestration
- public funding for Mongolian ethno-pop (Javkhlan will support my nomination!) and ethno-rap
Support my Campaign
One of the reasons for success of the Khan was to recruit talents from other countries. Who knows what happen in future.
— Amaraa (@Amaraa99999) November 30, 2018
Ингэвэл гоё байна шд. Диеркэс гуайн Монгол Улсын Боловсрол, Соёл, Шинжлэх Ухаан, Спортын гадаад харилцааг эрхлэгч сайдын албан тушаалд томилогдохоор гаргасан өргөдлийг тултал нь дэмжинэ. https://t.co/lWSGSqS8m0
— Narantuya Ganbat (@gnarantuya) December 1, 2018
You have my full support.
— b (@Khentii1018) December 1, 2018
— Monhtuya (@MonhtuyaD) December 1, 2018
Ухнаагийн Хүрэлсүх сайд юм бодно байгаа! https://t.co/ixIIhXmV6S
— BAT-IREEDUI ᠢᠷᠡᠭᠡᠳᠦᠢ (@Iregedui) December 1, 2018
But if we start appointing ministers on merit how will we maintain a neopatremonial order? ????????
— Zaya (@Zaya_CB) December 1, 2018
Юлиан Диркесийн бичвэрүүдийг уншаарай. Элэглэлүүд нь саваацан ????
Монголд юу өрнөж ямар тэнэглэлүүд явагдаж буйг гадныхан сайн мэдэж бдг. https://t.co/1x1VurFUIN
— HJM ???????? (@Jochen_mn) December 2, 2018
Боловсрол, Соёл, Шинжлэх ухаан, Спортын Гадаад сайдад нэр дэвшигч тодров.
— Бонтой (@MBBontoi) December 2, 2018
— Bb (@0Baagii) December 3, 2018
— Damdinnyam Gongor (@Daimka07) December 7, 2018