AKHP Public Lecture, Almaty: Abai and the Future of Kazakhstan

Date: 16 October 2019
Other languages: Русский язык |

October 16th 2019, 12:00 pm
Almaty, Kazakhstan

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) has established a dialog platform to host a series of public lectures in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The platform is organised in partnership with the Ch. Valikhanov Institute of History and Ethnography University, under the theme of “Cross-Disciplinary Discourse in the Context of Arts and Sciences” and seeks to contribute to AKHP’s course on ‘The Central Asian Worldview: Past and Present". It is open to faculty, scholars, researchers and students. Participants will discuss pressing challenges of the modern world, to promote new ideas and dialogues. This public lecture is dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Abai, which will be celebrated in 2020.

Orazaly Sabden

Head of the Department for Globalisation and Economic Policy
Institute of Economics, Ministry of Education and Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

For over two centuries “Edifications” and other poetical works by the great Abai Kunanbaev have served as guidelines for spiritual enrichment of the Kazakh people, and humanity in general. In this connection, the author shares his thoughts in the context of globalisation and new challenges of the 21st century, encouraging society to take a fresh look at the world, stimulate innovations, and analyse the prospects for the development of civilization from both a social and economic point of view. 

In this lecture, Orazaly Sabden will leverage Abai’s teachings to discuss building a new humane society and developing its moral code in the 21st century. He will cover several topics such as the direction the world is taking, building harmony between humans and nature, using technology in economics, the future of youth and small enterprises, and the efficiencies of public administration. The lecture will also discuss how to respond to the challenges of the present day, and will offer some solutions to these challenges.


Orazaly Sabden is a famous world-class scientist, public activist and statesman. Previously, he was a member of the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. From 2001 to 2003, he was the President of Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University. Sabden was the Director of the Institute of Economics of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan from 2006 to 2012, and since 2012 has been the Head of the Center for Economic Policies and Globalization of the Institute of Economics at the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. 

He is also a member of several academies of sciences including the National Engineering Academy of  Kazakhstan and International Academy of Engineering (Moscow) (since 1982), the International Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, International Academy of Economics “Eurasia” (since 1986); International Academy of Innovations (since 2014); International Academy of Global Research (since 2015); and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (since 2017).

Sabden has been awarded with the Golden Medal established to commemorate Nobel Prize Laureate Saiman Kuznets, Order of V.I. Vernadskii, Order of M. Lomonosov, Silver Medal, established to commemorate Nobel Prize Laureate V. Leont’ev, and the Kultegin Golden Medal for his outstanding contribution and selfless service to the progress and development of sciences and the global economy. He has published over 800 academic works, including 81 monographs and textbooks. His major scientific works can be found in a recently published 25-volume compilation of research papers, titled “Economics”. His works covers topics such as national economy management, new economic policies, the development of small and medium enterprises, education and infrastructure, challenges of globalisation and the spiritual development of society, the development of the parliament in Kazakhstan, and more.


Nurzhauar Isaeva
Professor, Candidate of Biological Sciences
Coordinator of Faculty Development Programme/AKHP in Kazakhstan
University of Central Asia

The lecture will be delivered in Russian. English translation will be provided upon request.

Central Scientific Library of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Conference-Hall (in online mode) 
28, Shevchenko Street
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan 


Please RSVP to nurzhauar.issaeva@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation.

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees. 
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