National Defense University (Mongolia)

The National Defense University (MNDU) is an accredited Mongolian military university located in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.[4] Founded in 1921, it is the country's premier and oldest military educational institution.[5] The NDU prepares officers and NCOs alike to have grounded leadership skills, physical and moral strength and a high military and civilian education.[5]

Damdin Sükhbaatar National Defense University
Дамдин Сүхбаатарын Батлан хамгаалахын их сургууль
National Defense University Cadet.jpg
A cadet of the NDU
Other name
MNDU (abbreviation)
Former name
Defense University of Mongolia
Typemilitary academy
Established1921 (1921)
FounderGovernment of Mongolia
AffiliationArmed Forces of Mongolia
Director of the NDUBrigadier General Purevsuren Jargalan[1]
16th Street
Bayanzurkh District, Ulaanbaatar[2][3]
LanguageMongolian (the English and Russian language are also used as inter-ethnic languages.)
Colors  Grey
Website"Official Website" (in Mongolian).


It was established initially as the Commanders School of the Mongolian People's Army in September 1921 at the initiative of Damdin Sükhbaatar, who was a founding member of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP). The first leaders of the school was Soviet expert P. Mhalpinein and director L. Dzuzav, the Mongolian director.[6] The NDU has since operated under the follow names:[7]

  • Commanders School of the Mongolian People's Army (September 1921 – September 1923)
  • All-Arms General Military School (September 1923 – May 1932)
  • General Military Higher School (May 1932 – June 1967)
  • Combined Military Higher School (1967–1991)
  • Military University (1990–1999)
  • Defense University of Mongolia (1999–2017)
  • National Defense University (since 2017)

In 1994, the MNDU maintained a border protection faculty, which would later be expanded to establish the Border Troops Institute and what would later become the Law Enforcement University of Mongolia.[8] Since 1998, the MNDU's international relations have been intensified, with some cadets at the university studying and/or training at military educational institutions such as the Military University of the Russian Defense Ministry, the United States Army War College, and the Turkish Military Academy.[5][9]


The NDU is composed of the following education institutions:[5]

  • Defense Management Academy
  • Defense Research Institute[10]
  • Academic Education Institute
  • Military Institute
  • Military Music College
  • Department of Military Communications and Cyber Security[11]
  • NCO College

There are also 16 academic/military branch departments managed by the NDU around the country.

Affiliated military lyceumEdit

The "Temujin Urlug" Secondary School (Tajik: Тэмүжин Өрлөг бүрэн дунд сургууль) is a military lyceum of the armed forces. The school was established in 2010 and is the successor to the Sukhbaatar Officer's School, established on 1 October 1943.[12] It currently has 25 teachers and 202 students, and prepares future personnel for the Armed Forces. The school works with the Suvorov Military School in Yekaterinburg and Omsk in Russia, and the Military High School of Bulgaria.[13]

At the invitation of the Mayor of Angarsk, Irkutsk Oblast, students of the school marched in a Victory Day military ceremony in the city.[14]


The following is a list of material honors the NDU has:

Other than the material honors it has been given, it also has many other honors that are bestowed upon it. Every July, the NDU provides the armed forces standard color guard and the corps of drums in the Mongolian State Flag Day military parade on Sükhbaatar Square. In September 2015, cadets of the NDU took part in the China Victory Day Parade on Beijing's Chang'an Avenue.[16] The NDU holds its graduation ceremony in the presence of the President of Mongolia.[17]



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  2. ^ "Defense University of Mongolia".
  3. ^ Nat͡sagdorzh, T͡S (16 June 2019). Mongolia of Chinggis. "Monsudar" Publishing. ISBN 9789992903018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Defense University of Mongolia in Mongolia".
  5. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 August 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Үндэсний батлан хамгаалахын их сургууль". May 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Sanders, Alan J. K. (25 August 2017). Historical Dictionary of Mongolia. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781538102275 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "HISTORY OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT UNIVERSITY". Archived from the original on 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  9. ^ "Удирдлага – ҮБХИС".
  10. ^ "Цэргийн түүх судлалын төв".
  11. ^ "Цэргийн холбоо, кибер аюулгүй байдлын тэнхим – ҮБХИС". Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  12. ^ " – ҮНЭНИЙ ТАЛД". Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  14. ^ "Эх орны ирээдүйн цэргүүд цог жавхлантай байна". Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  15. ^ a b c "Батлан Хамгаалах Яам – Сургууль, эрдэм шинжилгээний байгууллагууд". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  16. ^ "Монгол цэргүүд Хятадад жагсаалын хамтарсан бэлтгэлээ хийж байна".
  18. ^ "БАТЛАН ХАМГААЛАХЫН САЙД ГҮРСЭДИЙН САЙХАНБАЯР". Монгол Улсын Батлан хамгаалах яам. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  19. ^ "Бадмаанямбуугийн Бат-Эрдэнэ | Parliament". 2018-09-08. Archived from the original on 2018-09-08. Retrieved 2021-05-27.

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