Guest post by Kusto Group, reflecting comments delivered by their Chairman, Yerkin Tatishev, at the 31st CEEMAN Conference
Geopolitically, Kazakhstan currently finds itself in an intriguing position. The country is grappling with the most significant conflict of our time in Eastern Europe, which is having a direct impact on Kazakhstan. Furthermore, Kazakhstan is actively expanding its diplomatic relations. For instance, a recent visit by a Chinese delegation from a province with a $2 trillion economy—ten times the size of Kazakhstan’s economy—demonstrates this effort. Additionally, Kazakhstan’s participation in President Biden’s C5+1 meeting at the UNGA underscores its diplomatic strength.
Despite these global dynamics, Kazakhstan’s economic fundamentals remain robust, with a projected 3.5% increase in real GDP for 2023 and an unemployment rate below 5%. The country continues to exhibit resilience and diversifies its investments by focusing on human capital through training and education.
The integration of AI in education presents unique challenges not only to Kazakhstan but to countries worldwide. While concerns regarding data privacy and the preservation of our core human values persist, opportunities also exist. These opportunities have the potential to usher in a new era of innovation in society. Striking a balance between fostering innovation and safeguarding against associated risks will be critical in harnessing AI’s potential for educational advancement while mitigating its negative repercussions.
These were among the topics discussed at the annual CEEMAN conference, held in the vibrant city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event brought together a diverse array of educators, business leaders, and thinkers under the theme of “Leadership for a Sustainable World.” Hosted by the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), this conference has been a hub for knowledge sharing and collaboration since its inception in 1993. Choosing Almaty and the Almaty Management University as this year’s venue symbolizes the region’s rising global prominence.
In Kazakhstan, AI is gaining traction in various sectors, including healthcare, finance, and agriculture. The government is investing in AI research and development to bolster innovation and economic growth. Yerkin Tatishev, Founder and CEO of Kusto Group and a prominent figure in Kazakhstan’s business landscape, shared valuable insights at the conference. Tatishev emphasized the pivotal role of technology in addressing these challenges.
In the realm of education, a shift is needed from producing white-collar jobs to a focus on blue-collar jobs. Yerkin remarked, “Where human beings cannot compete with AI is in leadership,” challenging educators and management leaders to reflect on their efforts. He stressed the importance of taking risks and embracing change as essential components of educational leadership. Tatishev’s message serves as a call to action, emphasizing the need for concrete actions rather than mere talk to tackle the profound challenges in education. However, he remains optimistic and believes in the potential of the next generation.
Tatishev’s message underscores that addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by AI in education requires coordinated efforts across various sectors. Government, business, media, and educational institutions must collaborate to create a comprehensive approach for navigating this uncharted territory successfully.
We must recognize the urgency of embracing change and taking responsibility in the face of AI’s profound impact on education. As we forge ahead, it’s crucial to remember that collaboration and a shared vision are the keys to unlocking AI’s potential while preserving the values that define human culture. The CEEMAN community, with its global reach and unity, stands ready to lead the way in shaping the future of education not only in Kazakhstan and Eastern Europe but also beyond.
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