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
- reusable cups at all Ministry-events to reduce the number of plastic water bottles
- commitment to bike commuting (instead of chauffeured car) for summer months
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