As Seyitbek Usmanov (MBA '15) builds his career in the health care industry in the United States, he is maintaining a focus on his home country of the the Kyrgyz Republic.
In an effort to facilitate the education of the next generation of leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic, Usmanov launched the Kyrgyz Leaders Academy, a venture that aims to connect talented Kyrgyz students to top universities in the U.S. and give them the means and tools they need to succeed at top educational institutions.
Usmanov, who also founded the Central Asian Free Market Institute to help spread his belief in the merits of limited government, credits the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Darden network with helping him launch and grow his education initiative.
motivated you to start the Kyrgyz Leaders Academy?
many great leaders of developing countries have in common? For example, leaders
like Lee Kuan Yew, Mikhail Saakashvili, Mahatma Gandhi. They were all
educated in the U.S. or the U.K. at great universities.
Kyrgyz Republic needs
such a great leader to propel our country from third world to the first world.
We have been mired in poverty and corruption for too long! Although we have
many talented high school students in Kyrgyz Republic, very few of those
students come to study in U.S. Why? It is not that they do not want to achieve
or grow. It is that the whole college application process is simply too
confusing. Even the smartest students are baffled by the likes of SATs and
Kyrgyz Leaders Academy is the solution. Our
short term goal is to prepare students to top U.S. universities
with full scholarship. We hope that our student’s potential blossoms in
business, technology, or sciences. In the long term, we hope that our students
become next generation of Kyrgyz Republic’s leaders.
Read more of Usmanov's Q&A on Darden's Center for Global Initiatives blog.