Patokh Chodiev: Businessman’s Participation in the MGIMO Scientific Forum

The famous billionaire Patokh Chodiev has done a lot for the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. In times of crisis, it was a Kazakh businessman who directed funding for the development of MGIMO. His investment was an invaluable contribution. Also, the businessman attracted many caring investors for this noble cause. Since 1996, all this was organized only through his foundation, and since 2013 also in the form of an international forum.

Meetings are held annually at which topics relating not only to MGIMO itself, but also to international issues in the field of education, culture, and investments. One of the most productive forums was hosted last year. In the spring of 2019 those important negotiations took place between Alisher Usmanov, Patokh Chodiev, the ministers of Mongolia and Cambodia.

The annual MGIMO Forum is the main event for the entire community. Meetings are organized by the Alumni Association and the Endowment Fund of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The first International Forum “Together into the Future” was held on April 11, 2013 in Baku.

More than 500 graduates from all over the world gather annually at the sites in different cities. One of the famous immigrants of MGIMO is Patokh Chodiev, a Kazakhstani billionaire. He believes that last year’s most productive meeting was on May 17 in Tashkent.

Fifth International MGIMO Alumni Forum and the participation of Patokh Chodiev

Last year’s forum was held in the favorite place of MGIMO’s famous graduate Patokh Chodiev in Tashkent. From May 17 to May 19, 2019, university graduates from around the world consulted and discussed important issues at one site. Among the guests of honor are government officials, well-known economists, important cultural figures, and successful entrepreneurs.

“Last spring, we resolved the most important international issues. Decisions taken from May 17 to May 19 are slowly being implemented. Their results and future prospects will be discussed at the sixth international MGIMO forum,” said Patokh Chodiev.

Kazakhstan businessman contributed to the organization of the fifth international forum. The organization of discussion of bilateral relations in the field of education, culture and investment belongs to him and his team. The MGIMO forum also hosted an expert discussion on multilateral cooperation and security in Central Asia.

“When the fifth MGIMO forum was still under development, we doubted for a long time whether we would be able to choose a date convenient for all invited persons. But since most of it was for the fifth international forum to take place, three days were chosen, which were as productive as possible. Most of the invited persons (all, in fact, for whom the event was important) came. I hope that the sixth meeting will be held no less positively,” said Kazakh businessman Patokh Chodiev.

The expert discussion was attended by graduates of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, specialists from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, experts from other top universities in Uzbekistan, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Patokh Chodiev: how a businessman created the MGIMO Development Fund

In each interview, Patokh does not forget to mention that thanks to his studies at MGIMO, he was able to achieve what he wanted in life. He gained invaluable knowledge there, which made him a valuable specialist even in Japan. For the past 20 years, Shodiev has been actively building his own business empire and doing charity work. His good deeds were remembered in many countries – in Japan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia. The university teachers left a warm memory in the soul of the billionaire, so he promised that he would help them as long as he had enough power to do so.

In 1996, Patokh was informed that MGIMO was going through difficult times. Urgent changes and large-scale financing were needed. To help his beloved university, Chodiev created a charity fund for the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

“I am infinitely grateful to the teachers of my beloved university. I am sure that all graduates of MGIMO do not regret that their choice fell on this institution. It’s scary to imagine what would happen to the institute if we didn’t create a rescue plan in time,” added Patokh.

In just a year of the foundation’s existence, a Kazakh businessman did everything so that the best students began to receive a decent scholarship; annual internships for teachers, graduate students, and students were organized.

“With the help of the foundation, I decided to do something else important. I really love Japanese culture, it will always be a huge part of my heart. I would like to show MGIMO students, and the whole world, how beautiful it is. All those involved in the Fund have been living on the same wavelength with the incredible culture of Japan for more than 20 years. Moreover, there is a place for motivation! MGIMO students who study Japan know that by showing the best results, they will be able to get a good scholarship, attend their dream courses, get a grant,” the businessman said.

Now the charity fund, naturally, has been expanded. And besides the founder Patokh Chodiev, other people began to take part in good deeds. The majority of active investors in the fund are MGIMO graduates.

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