U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland congratulated 180 Pakistani graduate college students who will quickly depart for grasp’s or doctoral research at American universities on U.S.-funded Fulbright scholarships. The Fulbright Program is the flagship educational alternate program of the U.S. authorities. Funded by the U.S. Division of State and the U.S. Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID), the awards cowl journey, residing stipends, medical insurance, and tuition for all the interval of research. This 12 months, 151 masters and 29 Ph.D. college students will take up these prestigious awards. Fulbright grantees symbolize each province of Pakistan and research quite a lot of educational disciplines, together with engineering, power administration, enterprise, and social sciences. After finishing their research in the USA, the scholars will return to Pakistan and play an important function in Pakistan’s future. Ambassador Hoagland highlighted the vital function of educational alternate packages in strengthening people-to-people ties between the USA and Pakistan. “In my almost 30 years of diplomatic service I’ve met tons of of Fulbright contributors. They’ve at all times been excellent representatives of their international locations, making a distinction to folks and establishments in their very own nation and in the USA,” he stated. “You symbolize all of Pakistan’s provinces; you come from huge cities and small villages, from the general public faculty system and personal faculties. I’m assured that you’ll observe in that nice custom.”
The Fulbright program in Pakistan is the most important and one of many oldest on this planet. America Instructional Basis in Pakistan (USEFP), now celebrating its 63rd 12 months of operation within the nation, administers this system. Since 2005, 1,255 Pakistanis have acquired Fulbright Awards for graduate levels, of which 40 p.c have been girls. “Alternatives for Pakistani college students to review in the USA have by no means been better,” stated Rita Akhtar, Govt Director of USEFP. She congratulated the departing college students saying, “This was a really strenuous and clear competitors. We all know you’ll symbolize Pakistan very properly in the USA and return to make an actual distinction right here.”
USEFP, a bi-national fee established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the USA, is considered one of 51 Fulbright Commissions all through the world. Its mission is to advertise mutual understanding between the folks of Pakistan and the USA by means of academic and cultural alternate packages. Since its inception greater than 60 years in the past, almost 4,000 Pakistanis and greater than 800 Individuals have participated in USEFP-administered alternate packages. Along with the Fulbright program, USEFP administers quite a lot of scholarship packages for undergraduates, academics, journalists, and different professionals.
The Fulbright Program is one factor of a complete U.S. training help program for Pakistan that features constructing or rehabilitating almost 800 colleges, which advantages greater than 86,000 faculty youngsters; creating accredited diploma packages in training at 90 instructor faculties and universities; offering faculty scholarships for greater than 10,000 low-income college students; establishing Facilities for Superior Research at three Pakistani universities; and launching eight college partnerships that join American and Pakistani universities.