Over 100 Pakistani undergraduates attended a pre-departure orientation in Islamabad in preparation for their upcoming semester of study in the United States through the U.S. government-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). Since its launch in 2010, more than 1,000 Pakistani students have participated in the program.
U.S. Embassy Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Bettina Gorczynski
congratulated the students on being selected for the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). “The U.S. government is committed to Pakistan’s youth and Pakistan’s future development,” Gorczynski said. “That’s why we send hundreds of young Pakistanis to the United States every year to study and gain experience at American institutions of higher education.”
Pakistani Global UGRAD participants hail from all four provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Islamabad Capital Territory. They represent a broad range of academic fields including the humanities, basic sciences, engineering, and business administration. “We are especially pleased that young women are represented in the program in record numbers this year,” USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar said. “Women make up sixty-seven percent of this cohort. We congratulate them and their families for encouraging them to take part in this wonderful study opportunity.”
USEFP is a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the United States through educational and cultural exchange programs. For more information, please visit http://www.usefpakistan.org.