The 29th open seminar briefing "Fundamentals of organizational management and national economic policy"
The Mongolia-Japan Center organized it"s 29th open seminar on "Fundamentals of organizational management and national economic policy" and guest speaker was JICA specialist Matsuka Katsutake who is an adviser to the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce, Industry Investment Strategy department.
On March 22nd, 2008 more than 60 people attended the seminar. Instructor talked about organizational management, revenue minus cost equals profit and why it is important to have a comparative advantage, right strategy, knowing your market and competitors result in increase in the profit. Also 3C; Company (own technology), Competition and Customer, are the fundamentals of the strategy for the new era where businesses are shifting from the sale of the manufactures goods towards the customer based strategy. Companies need to study the difference between strategies and why people work, why someone need motivation and innovation etc.
The second part of lecture was "Global economic status". Instructor provided information on world population growth, globalization, free trade agreement, economic partnership agreement, IT competition as well as First Movers Advantage, Fast Eat Slow, and Winner Take All examples. At the end of the lecture, instructor commented on the current condition of the Mongolian economy and quoted from Fukuzaba Yukuchi saying "Country"s policy for economic and military development should start from the people and their education". Then instructor covered the following subjects infrastructure development and efficient resource management, independent government officials, government structure, government role during the market economy, maintaining the foreign direct investment, global standard supply of goods, IT education and development, and improving financial role (create Development Bank and Small and Medium enterprises). And he mentioned the importance of continuing our relationship with Japan. For 30 minutes, guest answered to the questions regarding the natural resources, its management and people role in it.
(Director Nakamura Mitsuo)
“Time to go home”
I, Sakurai, worked as a Japanese language specialist at the Mongolia-Japan Center for 2 years. Now, my term is up and I would like to thank everyone who worked with me. First, I came to Ulaanbaatar city as JICA volunteer which has changed my life. I started my career at the National University of Mongolia where I first discovered my passion for teaching Japanese. Then I worked in team environment, improving my teaching skills, bringing innovative ideas to the classroom at the Science and Technology University. At the Mongolia-Japan Center, I learned to work with teachers from different areas and age groups which taught me a lesson on how people can work effectively together. Every year, the number of students and teachers who are studying and teaching Japanese is growing. The issues related to developing, improving the teaching methods and discussing the results will help us to face the main challenges of today. Thus, we organized the Japanese language symposium last year and are holding research team meeting for Japanese language education development every month.
Like the old Mongolian saying "If we all discuss, there is no mistake and If you use warm water, there is no dirt". I do hope that the Center will play an important role to the development of Japanese language education and continue to be the place where students and teachers like to come together.
(Japanese language expert Sakurai Chiyoko)
Even and odd numbers
Numbers are important part of a culture, society and government activities, especially even and odd numbers. People preferred even numbers and did not care for odd numbers
For instance, they say odd numbers are for other life and even numbers are ours/mine and here. Mongolian old saying said "One man is not family and one wood is not fire". Many people preferred even numbers and named their children Hosbayar, Hos-Erdene, Tegshjargal and Tegshbuyan etc. Odd numbers used mainly for funerals activities which are scheduled to be repeated at three, seven, twenty one, and forty nine days after the funeral. However, during the wedding, grooms side include odd number of people (three or five) and after asking for bride they come back as even number of people including the bride. Odd numbers do not symbolize bad events. Instead Mongolian symbolize number seven and nine. We pray to the God’s seven star to have babies. For number nine, we use it for nine gems, nine white gifts and nine pure wishes. Here we introduced a bit about even and odd numbers.
(Library staff T.Bolormaa)
Contributing to the tourism industry development
Past few years, tourism industry has developed and number of tourists increased year to year. However, Japanese tourist"s number is not too high. In 2006, number of tourists came from Japan was 16707 and in 2007 it was 17244, an increase of 3.2%. According to the English magazine Expedia, Japanese tourists scored the highest points in areas such as sophistication, respectfulness, and only speak few words etc.
. Thus the Center started its “Practical training course for Tourism Planning” in 2007 and this year we held the course from March 17th through 21st. Participants were directors of tourism companies and planning workers. The guest speaker was invited from Japan and her name is Sakuma Yukiyo.
She provided information on how Japanese tourists differ from other tourists, their interest, and interested products. She used statistics to introduce the planning methods of developing new products.
Participants were divided into 5 groups, shared their experience and developed new products. You are welcome to review these new products which is posted on the web at www.tourists.jp.
Бизнес курсын ажилтан Э.Одгэрэл
(Business course staff E.Odgerel)