About Us


The International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations under the auspices of  UNESCO was established by an agreement concluded on September 16th 1998 between the governments of Indonesia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Mongolia. Since its establishment, the Institute has successfully been working on relevant disciplines.

The Institute aims to:

. Further knowledge of nomadic cultures and their contribution to world civilization, and, through an interdisciplinary approach, promote the understanding and appreciation of links between the past, present and future, and thus contribute towards the renewal of intercultural dialogue in the regions concerned.

.Contribute on the basis of fundamental and applied research, to the advance of the nomadic peoples, and assisting the nomads to better meet the needs and requirements of today’s world, and preserving their cultural identity, their values and ways of life.

.Advice political opinion leaders and development planners by providing research-based recommendations for development planning in the nomadic living space.

. Provide a framework for a multidisciplinary study of nomadic civilizations in which scholars, and in particular young scholars, will be able to further their research in relevant disciplines.

Membership and Cooperation of IISNC

The International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations provides support for organizations and researchers who are interested in joining as an associate and corresponding member of this Institute. Currently, 32 scientific organizations from 16 countries including France, Russian Federation, United States of America, China, Hungary, Japan, England, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Finland, Italy, Taiwan, Iran, Korea, India and Indonesia and 151 scientists from 18 countries joined the Institute as an  associate and  corresponding member making active cooperation on researches and trainings.

The Institute’s main functions:

.Organize inter-regional and international conferences, symposiums  of research, theory and practice;

. Organize joint scientific expeditions and field research;

. Assist in training research workers in particular young researchers, encourage the exchange of specialists as well as assist in retraining workers;

. Provide advice and recommendations on general or specific points concerned with regard to the restoration, preservation and protection of the Nomads’ tangible and intangible cultural heritage;

.Collect, study and circulate books, documentation and information on the study of nomadic civilizations;

The Institute conducts a comprehensive study of nomadic civilizations within the field of natural and social sciences, philosophy, religion, education, culture, linguistics, legislation, politics and economics.

Branches of the International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations The International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations today is operating with 2 branches as the Information Center and the Library.
The  main task of the Information Center is to collect, study and circulate information on tradition, development and perspectives of nomadic and other civilizations. Currently the Information Center publishes half-yearly newsletter “Nomadic” and research bulletin “Nomadic Studies”.
Also the Center, with the support of German researchers has established the library with containing research articles and books on  the study of nomads and nomadic civilizations published in English since 1990. The library has 4000 books including field research works funds.

Implemented Projects

Two full members of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, three professors, three doctors of science, one doctorate, two masters, three masters-academic practitioners have participated in the projects implemented by IISNC.

The Institute has implemented a large number of projects, including:

– “Comparative Studies of Civilizations”, “Scientific Education”, “History of World Culture and Civilization in the Era of Globalization” and “Atlas of World Nomads”,

– The “Changes of Civilization of Central Asian Nomads” international expedition  in collaboration with the Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of Buryatia, Russian Federation, Inner Mongolia University and Pedagogical University of Inner Mongolia

– A Comparative Study of Changes on Civilizations of Minority  Nations in Northwestern of PRC and Mongolia in collaboration with Lanzhou University of PRC

– A Comparative study of Mentality and Traditional Approach of Nomads

(Joint project with the French School of Asian Studies )

– A Comparative study of Asian and African  Nomadic Livestock.

The major goals of the Institute in the near future

 The International Institute for the Study of  Nomadic Civilizations is an organization providing its activities on study of history and heritage of nomadic civilizations,  modern condition of nomads under joint agreement of the Government of Mongolia and UNESCO and currently the Institute sets the following major goals according to the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 between the Government of Mongolia and UNESCO:

  • To make a vital contribution, equal to Silk Road project, to deeds on study, promotion and dissemination of Central and Inner Asian nomadic livestock tradition into environment of multi-cultural relations;
  • To increase the protection and preservation of Mongolian natural and cultural heritages through enhancing of scope of the nomadic civilization researches and studies, and creation of a network of traditional knowledge on worshiping, faith, customs and rituals, promotion of rare historical sites at regional level;
  • Introduce new education subject on study of history of Central and Inner Asian nomadic civilizations into training curriculum and teaching methodology and provide publication activities in these fields;
  • To increase the participation of young people in the development of multi-cultural dialogues and understandings, disseminating these conceptual ideas through mass mediaв