ANU receives traditional Mongolian Ger (yurt)

24 March 2016

We will take good care of it and use it at every opportunity.

Mongolia's Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Chuluunhuu Batlai, has present the University with a traditional Mongolian Ger in recognition of the University's commitment to Mongolian studies.

A Ger, also known as a yurt, is a tent structure held together by ropes and cow hides used for shelter by the nomadic tribes Central Asia.

The gift from President of Mongolia, His Excellency Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, was made in part to support the ANU College of Asian and the Pacific Mongolia Institute, founded in 2013 to promote the study of Mongolia.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt thanked Ambassador Batlai for the gift and his ongoing commitment to Mongolian studies in Australia.

"The arrival of this Ger on ANU campus has been a long time coming," Professor Schmidt said.

"It was first suggested almost 10 years ago by Professor Li Narangoa, following an initiative by then Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb AC to beautify our campus."

"We will take good care of it and use it at every opportunity."

Speaking at the event, State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Mr Damba Gankhuyag, said ANU was the first Australian university to own a traditional Ger.

"The ANU Mongolia Institute has been genuinely contributing to the Mongolian studies not only in Australia but also to the global network of Mongolian studies," he said.

"I take this opportunity to thank the scholars and researchers of the ANU for your dedication to the study of Mongolian history, culture and modern Mongolia."

The Ger is currently on the lawns of the Coombs building adjacent to East Road, where it will remain on display for three weeks. It will then be used regularly for special events.