Interviewee ID: 990482
Parent's name: Tserenpil
Year of Birth: 1943
Notes on education: politician, diplomat
Born in: Hujirt sum, Övörhangai aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 091061A with Gombosüren
A former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gombosüren is a translator. He was born into a herder’s family in 1946 in Hujirt sum, Övörhangai aimag. In 1961 he went to study at the Soviet press school and graduated in 1966. He worked for eight years in the Printing plant and in 1974 entered the Party Institute. After finishing that, he began working as a Soviet department officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thus commencing his carrier in the diplomatic service.
In his interview, Gombosüren talked about the socialist education system, the Soviet Institutes’ training, and in particular the Party Institute training, salaries, goals, reputation and how he completed his studies. At that time the young cadres who had graduated abroad and who wanted to advance their careers became members of the MPRP and they studied at the Party Institute and they worked in important positions for the party and state.
At the time of one-party system we lacked the opportunity to read some of classics of world literature, as it was said that they had a Western ideology, and foreign influence . But during the democratic period, Gombosüren had translated into his native language classic literary works of the world, making them accessible to the Mongolian people.