Mongolian Cultural Organization
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Our Principles

Preamble: We, the members of the Mongolian Cultural Organization, in order to develop effective student organizations and leaders through training and education, do hereby establish this constitution.


Introducing Mongolian culture, tradition, language, and history, promoting closer educational relations between the United States of America and Mongolia, and encouraging students and community members to be a part of the MCO.


Through campus involvement, our mission is to create meaningful experiences, a vibrant community, and lifelong memories for University of Michigan students and community members.


MCO understands and is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities of abiding by the University of Michigan policies and procedures. Read full constitution.

About Mongolia

Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations and the safest country to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads. Permanent dwellings are few and far between, fences even fewer and the land is owned by the people, like one large National Park. As a tremendous destination to experience the outdoors, Mongolia also boasts of unique history dating back to the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan. Simply put, it is a land of adventure, horses, nomads, and blue sky. "Discover Mongolia"

About MCO

MCO is dedicated to creating, fostering, and bringing an awareness about the Mongolian community at the university and city of Ann Arbor. We also hope to encourage and empower students to seek involvement and leadership within the University of Michigan. MCO will pursue these goals through the implementation of community service, cultural and social events. We organize annual and monthly events such as Summer Seminar series, MCO Speaker Series, Volunteer Work at the World Medical Relief, Summer Potluck at the park, Summer Book Club, Making Buuz Day, Graduation Celebrations, and etc. Want to learn more? Glance at our chronological list of events and activities below, so keep scrolling!

  • October 28, 2012

    The Mongolian Cultural Organization (MCO) Founded

  • September 7, 2013

    The First Annual “Welcome New Friends” Picnic in the Park

    We organized our first picnic at Olson Park to welcome our new friends!

  • September 27, 2013

    The First On-campus Exhibit

    Introduced and exhibited our “Naadam” festival. It is a traditional festival in Mongolia and known as “eriin gurvan naadam”, which means “the three games of men”. The festival is held throughout the country during midsummer and the games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery.

  • December 6, 2013

    The First Cultural Event

    We participated in our first cultural event by showing the Mongolian traditional dress “deel” at Global Scholars Program Cultural Show 2013.

  • February 22, 2014

    The First Annual “Tsagaan Sar”

    Have you ever wondered what the Mongolian Culture is like? Do you want to experience the Mongolian Culture? We welcomed everyone and celebrated the Mongolian Traditional Lunar New Year - White Moon which known as Tsagaan Sar!

  • March 21, 2014

    The 21st annual K-Grams Kids’ Fair

    “Kids’ Fair” is a program for elementary school. Elementary school pen pals spend an entire day with college buddies, participate in hundreds of activities sponsored by over 80 student organizations, and experience different highlights of college in one day. At this event we shared our culture and tradition. Children really enjoyed the Mongolian traditional dresses, history, and stories about nomadic lifestyle. Some of them even promised to visit Mongolia when they grow up.

  • April 08, 2014

    We Recognized Our First “The Most Valuable Community Member”

    Every year we recognize our most valuable community member. “The Most Valuable Community Member 2013” award went to Gantulga Nadmid. In Recognition of his Valuable Contribution to the MCO. His hard work, dedication and devotion are appreciated by all members. Congratulations and Thank you for the difference you made!

  • April, 2014

    Our First Guest

    We organized Dr.Chimedsuren Ochir’s Visit to the UM. Dr.Ochir is a Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Dean at the School of Public Health, Health Sciences University of Mongolia. Her work is focused on environmental exposures and health risks in urban and rural populations using epidemiological studies. Her main research areas include: curriculum development on environmental and public health for bachelor and MPH courses, educational research on PH, and the environmental and human health impacts of trace metals exposure associated with drinking water and air. In the picture, Dr.Chimedsuren Ochir is with dean Martin Philbert, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.

  • July 05, 2014

    Our First Annual “Naadam” Festival Celebration

    Naadam is a traditional summer festival in Mongolia. It is a three day long festival, and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Although we, Michigan Mongolians do not have horses to race and archers to shoot “sur” (targets used for Mongolian archers), we picked out the winner of “shagai harvaa” (Shooting ankle bones), one of the Mongolian traditional games played during Naadam festival.

  • September 20, 2014

    Special year for “Welcome New Friends” Picnic in the Park

    This year Mongolian Cultural Organization tripled the Mongolian students population. We organized picnic at Lillie park to meet new members, and of course to have first Mongolian-fun of the semester.

  • November 1, 2014

    Paving the Way to World Health

    We were part of the “Paving the Way to World Health, 2014 Gala”.

  • November 21, 2014

    Global Bonanza

    Our first participation in the annual “Global Bonanza” event.

  • February 13, 2015

    Our First Elementary School Visit

    We visited Angell Elementary School and organized Mongolia Day.

  • February 26, 2015

    Lecturer Series 2015

    We organized Dr. Erdenechimeg Erdenebayar’s visit to the UM. Dr. Erdenebayar is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences School of Public Health. She completed a BS in Public Health and Hygiene and a PhD in Food Safety and Nutrition at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia School of Public Health. She was previously the Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the School of Public Health.

  • March 8, 2015

    Our First Hard Earned Cash

    We cleaned Crisler Center to raise fund for Children’s Cancer Treatment Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

  • April 30, 2015

    The First Fundraising Event

    We organized Gofundme online campaign on February 9, 2015. At the same time, we’ve orchestrated the fundraising event at the BD’s Mongolian Barbecue Restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor. We appreciate the participation of our talented morin khuur players, dancer, and all the other MCO members and supporters. We’ve raised $566 in one night and yes we’ve used the raised funds to ship the medical equipment and supplies to the Mongolian Children’s Cancer Care Treatment Center.

  • November, 2015

    AMSA Conference 2015

    We hosted Association of Mongolian Students in America (AMSA) conference.

  • December, 2015

    Baganuur Education Program

    Our members have a strong passion to contribute their skills and knowledge to the development of Mongolia. Thus, we started education program called “Baganuur Bolovsrol Hutulbur 2015-16”. We’ve reached out and selected high school students in rural areas, because these students do not have as much opportunity as urban high school students. Our MCO students gave a valuable advice on how to learn English and helped Mongolian kids to pursue their dreams of studying in top colleges and universities around the world.

  • March 29, 2016

    Meet and greet “Hanggai”

    Meet and greet the Hanggai, a South Mongolian folk rock group.

  • April 15, 2016

    A Big Day!

    Shipped medical equipment and supplies to the Children’s Cancer Treatment Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

  • April 15, 2016

    We’re at Albion College

    Supported Mongolian students at the Albion College.

  • January 21, 2017

    Asia’s got Spice

    We co-hosted the “Asia’s got Spice” event.

  • April 7, 2017

    Live Performance

    Our “Aranzal” music group participated at the Community of Culture Festival.

  • September 2, 2017


    We successfully participated in the annual “MESApalooza” event.

  • November 4, 2017

    The First Annual “Mongolian Night”

    Organized our first annual “Mongolian Night” cultural event. It was such a blast with full of live music, dance, learning, and delicious Mongolian food!

  • November 4, 2017

    The United Asian American Organization

    We officially became a member of The United Asian American Organization, UM.

  • October 28, 2018

    Speaker Series with Tsendjav Dolgor

    Dolgor Tsendjav, chairman of the board of directors of the Union of Mongolian Writers, was speaker at 10th MCO speaker series.

  • February 15-16, 2019

    XIII Annual Mongolian Studies Conference in Washington, DC

    We presented our studies on ‘Assessment of Mongolian Government funded Educational Loan Program’ in the Annual Mongolian Studies Conference.

  • March 9-10, 2019

    The First Morin Khuur Festival in the USA

    MCO hosted the ‘First Morin Khuur Festival in the USA’ in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • September 16, 2019

    The HU concert, Detroit, MI

    We rocked and rolled with the HU.

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Our amazing team

We are open to all interested campus and community members and will not discriminate regardless of race, sex, creed, or religion. MCO highly encourages active participation from all interested members.​

Temuulen N. Johnson

Temuulen N. Johnson


Enkhjargal Tsendjav

Enkhjargal Tsendjav

Advisor, National University of Mongolia

Bayarjavkhlan Batbaatar

Bayarjavkhlan Batbaatar


Tsenguun Byambadorj

Tsenguun Byambadorj


Tergel Gankhuu

Tergel Gankhuu


Bulgan Jugderkhuu

Bulgan Jugderkhuu

Vice president

Batjin Lamjav

Batjin Lamjav


Undarmaa Ganbaatar

Undarmaa Ganbaatar


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