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AlmaU II annual International Forum "Entrepreneurship in emerging societies: transformation of values"

May 30, 2018, II annual International Forum "Entrepreneurship in emerging societies: transformation of values" took place in Almaty.

The forum brought together well-known international and Kazakhstani experts, leaders and representatives of business and academic communities, government bodies, NGOs, the media.

About 400 participants and 85 speakers from 12 countries - deans and directors of business schools and universities, partner companies and international publishers - took part in the forum. More information about the program and speakers of the conference:

The purpose of the forum was an opinions exchange on the best practices of entrepreneurial education in the world, such educational programs particularity and trends in this area of education in dynamically developing societies.

The opening session’s topic was «Entrepreneurial mindset and education 4.0: from ideas towards success». The plenary session discussed questions of integral characteristics of entrepreneurial mindset and education, geared to success, cognitive, non-cognitive skills, personal traits in entrepreneurial mindset and education, and entrepreneurial mindset and education as a prerequisite of success in other areas (public, quasi-governmental, corporate sector etc.). 

Panel discussion “Innovation hubs: a symbiosis of universities and regions? Synchronizing the agenda of entrepreneurial universities with state programs and initiatives geared towards entrepreneurship development.” considered themes of changing role of universities in the Quand Helix under the new technological setting, university as the city-forming economic factor, opportunities in receiving support under state programs for the development of entrepreneurship,  following it issues and perspectives in exploring the potential of entrepreneurial universities in the implementation of state programs for the development of entrepreneurship. 

Expert discussion “Competencies and values of entrepreneurs 4.0: joint search of answers“ was devoted to finding the answers to the questions about who a modern successful entrepreneur is and what should, in this sense, be the basic function of entrepreneurial education.

According to “Gender diversity in entrepreneurial education: issues and perspectives” panel discussion’s problematic, the topic of gender diversity in entrepreneurial education exhausts with the identification of problematics but does not provide the way forward. In addition, there is an open question pertaining to how and to what extent the gender balance is respected in ensuring equal access to entrepreneurial education. The participants discussed gender diversity in entrepreneurial education, role of entrepreneurial education in addressing gender differences in starting a business and finally shared their own success stories and cases.

Panel discussion “Digipreneurship, compact offices and staff: transformation of entrepreneurial education” was dedicated to several issues such as advantages and risks of digipreneurship, issues and perspectives in the development of digipreneurship in Kazakhstan etc.

Panel discussion “Ecosystem of entrepreneurial education, entrepreneurship education at school, college, university : international and regional experience” pointed out that entrepreneurial education is a complex and translational process that does not ascribe exclusively into the boundaries of university education, since many humane characteristics, leading to success, start to develop from the very childhood. Namely, the right culture and attitude towards making mistakes, taking on the risks, as well as persistence, just to mention some.  Hereby, the panel discussion was devoted to arranging processes aimed at training socially responsible, competent entrepreneurs starting from the school-age, in college and mastering of entrepreneurial competencies in the university.

Keynote speeches touched upon such topics as “The danger of unnecessary knowledge”, “Technology alone is not enough: The marriage of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts Education for Inclusive Growth”, “Man in a new complex world”.

Both universities and companies cater for creating synergies, meaning an access of companies to early stage R&D and subsequent market commercialization of research products. So, “Flagship companies and universities: new paths to breakthroughs. What will enter the agenda tomorrow?” plenary session’s questions were about new model of flexible industrial clusters of companies based on universities, increases in venture financing of university R&D by companies, models of mobile company support of PhD fellows in projects of mutual interest etc.

Finally, “Entrepreneurship as a pathway to happiness” panel discussion was devoted to exploring the link between entrepreneurship and happiness via such questions as role of entrepreneurial education and mindset in shaping a happy individual, activity and life satisfaction for an entrepreneur and a hired worker, entrepreneurship, work-life balance, urbanpreneurship as factors of happy life and ways of synchronizing the agenda of governments and entrepreneurial education in building the society of universal happiness and well-being.

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