U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland congratulated 95 Pakistani college students touring to the US for undergraduate examine as a part of the U.S. government-funded International Undergraduate (International UGRAD) Program. “America has an extended custom of embracing worldwide college students and celebrating the range that they create to our campuses and nation, which is why we obtain extra international college students than some other nation on the planet,” mentioned Ambassador Hoagland. “We welcome greater than 1,000 Pakistanis in the US annually on our many alternate applications, which clearly demonstrates the depth of our dedication to Pakistan’s younger folks.” Ninety-five Pakistani college students will quickly depart for a semester of examine at U.S. faculties and universities beneath the International UGRAD fellowship program, an initiative of the U.S. Division of State. The U.S. authorities totally funds these fellowships for your entire interval of examine. America Instructional Basis in Pakistan (USEFP) administers this system.
“The actually thrilling factor about this group of undergraduates is that so many of those college students come from distant or economically deprived areas of Pakistan.” mentioned Rita Akhtar, Govt Director of USEFP at a pre-departure orientation to assist college students put together to check in the US. Akhtar famous that this yr’s group consists of 36 college students from Punjab, 28 from Sindh, 20 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14 from Gilgit-Baltistan, 9 from Balochistan, 4 from AJK, three from FATA, and two from Islamabad Capital Territory. Fifty-four % of the scholars are girls. College students will pursue levels in all kinds of disciplines, together with humanities and social sciences, engineering, primary sciences, legislation, artwork and design, economics, and enterprise administration. The scholars are attending greater than 50 completely different faculties and universities situated all through the US.
The International UGRAD program was launched within the fall of 2010 when the primary cohort of round 50 college students departed for the US. Greater than 600 college students have participated in this system to-date. USEFP is a bi-national fee established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the US. USEFP’s mission is to advertise mutual understanding between the American and Pakistani folks by means of instructional and cultural alternate. Since its inception 63 years in the past, practically 4,000 Pakistanis and greater than 800 People have participated in USEFP-administered alternate applications.