Pakistani students to cement Pak-US ties: Masood Khan
WASHINGTON DC – The students of Pakistan enrolling in the American universities will strengthen ties between Pakistan and United States in different spheres.
Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, made these remarks while addressing 65 Pakistani students, participating in various educational programmes in the US, who visited Pakistan Embassy.
Fifty outstanding students from Pakistan are here on full scholarships under US-sponsored Global Undergraduate Programme to study for one semester in 39 different educational institutions in 24 states.
Another group of fifteen Pakistani students completed a 6-week long tour under the Study of US Institutions (SUSI) programme for student leaders.
Ambassador Masood thanked the US government for hosting Pakistani students to train them in skills building, leadership development, American studies and community service.
“This would help these young leaders understand American society, governance and educational systems,” he said.
The Ambassador appreciated that the students had been selected from all parts of Pakistan – KP, Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, AJK and G-B – 60% of whom were girls.
“Some of them have come from the most underrepresented areas and towns. This was a great learning opportunity for these students,” he added.
Masood Khan appreciated that the students from Pakistan were studying advanced disciplines such as agriculture, engineering, environment, biotechnology, microbiology, computer science, law, political science and international relations.
“Since this is an exchange programme, I hope that in due course we would be able to host and place American students in Pakistani universities.
Hundreds of American faculty members and academics go to Pakistan but very few students to do so. American students’ participation in Pakistani educational programmes will help build trust and understanding between our two countries,” he said.
Pakistani students participating in SUSI programme, during their stay in the US, learnt about American culture and values, education and workforce development, economics and business, foreign policy, religious freedom and pluralism.
Pakistan is the largest recipient of the Fulbright scholarship with an alumni network of more than 25,000. To promote educational ties between the two countries, Pakistan early this year allotted an acre of land in Islamabad for the US Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP).
The Ambassador said that Pakistan would revive its Knowledge Corridor programme under which we would aim to send 10,000 students and professionals for higher education to the US in the next 10 years.
Julia Findlay, Branch Chief South and Central Asia Fulbright Programmes, Molly Stephenson, Director South and Central Asia Press and Public Diplomacy, Teresa Mastrangelo, Senior Programme Officer and Nathaniel Lynn, Political Team Lead from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US State Department attended the event. The representatives from International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) also joined.