Pre-Departure Orientation Workshop held by U.S. Training Basis in Pakistan (USEFP)
Islamabad, July 18, 2012 – 200 undergraduate college students from all elements of Pakistan might be departing over the subsequent yr for a semester of research at schools and universities within the U.S. as a part of the International Undergraduate Program (UGRAD) in Pakistan. 100 will journey in August/September for the Fall semester and an extra 100 will go to the USA in January 2013.
An initiative of the U.S. Division of State, the UGRAD program will ship Pakistani college students to over 50 campus within the U.S. the place they may take lessons together with American college students, do public shows on the tradition and other people of Pakistan, and be an lively a part of the area people they are going to be staying in. For the reason that program started in 2010, roughly 500 Pakistanis college students have participated. The fellowships cowl all bills for the scholars together with journey, lodging, stipend, and tuition. All the college students are required to return to Pakistan to finish their Bachelor‟s levels.
A Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) was organized by USEFP for departing college students on the Serena Resort in Islamabad on July 18-19. The scholars had been briefed by USEFP about this system, visa rules, American tradition, and U.S. increased schooling and campus life. “To see so many spectacular Pakistani younger individuals – every of you an extremely gifted consultant of this nice nation‟s vibrant future – is inspiring,” stated Brent Beemer, Cultural Attaché on the U.S. Embassy who addressed the group on Wednesday. “To assume that my nation has had some function in advancing your schooling and serving to your nation‟s prospects makes me really feel superb, and even proud.”
“The actually thrilling factor about this group of undergraduates,” stated Rita Akhtar, Government Director of the USEFP, “is that so many of those college students come from distant or economically deprived areas of Pakistan. The group contains college students from each province of Pakistan and 52% are girls. The scholars come from all kinds of disciplines, together with humanities and social science topics, engineering, fundamental sciences, legislation, artwork and design, economics, and enterprise administration.” she added.
USEFP, a bi-national fee established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the USA, is one among 51 „Fulbright Commissions‟ positioned all through the world. Fulbright is the flagship instructional trade program of the USA Division of State. The mission of this system is to advertise mutual understanding between the individuals of Pakistan and the individuals of the USA by instructional and cultural trade. Since its inception greater than 61 years in the past, almost 4,000 Pakistanis and greater than 800 Individuals have participated in USEFP administered trade packages. Along with the Fulbright program, USEFP administers quite a few scholarship packages for undergraduates, lecturers, journalists, and different professionals. As well as, USEFP workplaces in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi help college students involved in making use of to check in the USA. USEFP additionally runs testing facilities in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi administering the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and different standardized examinations.