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  • Writer's pictureAbdul Rafay Afzal

How Did Mongolia Win Cambridge Schools Science Competition?

Mongolia continues to make a resounding mark on the global stage, this time in the field of science. A team from Shine Ue School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, has earned the prestigious 'Best in World' award at the esteemed Cambridge Upper Secondary Science Competition.

Defeating 270 teams from around the world, the Mongolian students triumphed with their groundbreaking research on the water quality of the Selbe River. The award was given by the International Education department within Cambridge University Press and Assessment.

Mongolian students wins Cambridge competition
Students of Shine Ue School

The winning team's investigation revolved around the impact of flooding on the water quality of the Selbe River, which serves as a critical source of drinking water for local residents. Collaborating with experts from a local university, the students employed advanced techniques to analyze water samples using a biotic index, measuring the variety of microorganisms present. Their research revealed a higher index score in August, indicating a negative influence of floods on the river's water quality.

The esteemed judges were captivated by the team's enthusiasm and willingness to acquire new scientific skills in pursuit of their goals. Comprising Yalguun Ser-Od, Indranil Bazarragchaa, Munkh-Orgil Munkhjargal, Munkhkhusel Munkhtsog, Doljinsuren Uranmandakh, and Solongo Bayarbaatar, the exceptional students expressed their pride in utilizing the knowledge they gained from their Cambridge and IGCSE syllabi as the foundation of their successful scientific endeavor. They emphasized their commitment to further explore the field of biology and continue their impactful research.

Tamir Surenjav, the dedicated teacher guiding the students from Shine Ue School, commended their mastery of various scientific techniques throughout the competition. He revealed the school's unwavering determination to extend their study for more accurate data gathering and delve into the influences of urban life on water quality.

The Cambridge Upper Secondary Science Competition, an extracurricular initiative aimed at students aged 14 to 16, supplements their academic studies by fostering practical skills and a passion for scientific research.

This remarkable achievement by the Mongolian students not only highlights their scientific prowess but also showcases their dedication to addressing real-world sustainability challenges.

Rod Smith, Group Managing Director for International Education at Cambridge, expressed his admiration for the exceptional projects presented by the students. He underlined the university's commitment to providing an education that equips students not only with short-term objectives such as higher education or job opportunities but also with the ability to make a positive impact and reshape the world.

Smith acknowledged the collaborative efforts made by teachers in shaping the learners of today into the leaders of tomorrow.

Additionally, Mongolia shares this well-deserved honor with students from the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy in Arizona, USA, who claimed joint 'Best in World' recognition alongside the Mongolian team.

The Cambridge Upper Secondary Science Competition entails students choosing a scientific topic and conducting a rigorous 20-25 hour investigation. Projects are assessed by teachers, who assign Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation distinctions. Gold-awarded investigations are then considered for Best in Country or Best in Region awards, with the winners contending for the coveted title of Best in World.

Mongolia's win in the Cambridge Schools Science Competition highlights the nation's commitment to fostering scientific excellence within its education system. By combining practical research skills with a rigorous academic foundation, Mongolian students are asserting their position as future leaders and innovators in the field of science.


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