Pakistani Students Leave for Study In USA

Islamabad:As many as 126 graduates from all over Pakistan will be departing for studies at universities in the United States on the Fulbright Scholarship Programme.

During the Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) arranged by United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), the grantees were briefed by USEFP about the programme, visa regulations, American culture, US higher education and campus life and adjusting to life as a new student in United States.

The Fulbright Programme is the flagship academic exchange program of the United States Government. Funded by the US State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the awards cover travel, living stipends, health insurance and tuition for the entire period of study.

The 126 students who are travelling to US would include 94 in Masters programs and 32 in PhD programmes. Of these, 37 per cent are women. The grantees come from AJK, Balochistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, ICT, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh and include a wide variety of academic disciplines including 29 are studying some aspect of business, 21 engineering, 19 social sciences, 12 public policy/administration, 11 education, 7 fine arts, 6 mass communications, 6 technology, 6 law, 5 health-related subjects, 3 computer sciences, and 1 in basic sciences. The students are required to return to Pakistan after completion of their studies to play a positive role in the country’s economic development.

“We are very fortunate to have the world’s largest Fulbright Program in Pakistan. This is one example of the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries.” said US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Mark Davidson.

HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid Laghari encouraged the students to concentrate on their studies as there is rising demand of higher education and particularly PhD’s in Pakistan across many universities nationwide.

The Fulbright programme in Pakistan is administered by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), now celebrating its 61st year of operation in the country. Since 2005, USEFP has sent 1,180 people advanced degrees on Fulbright awards for Masters or PhD degrees. Nearly 40 per cent of these grantees are women.

“Opportunities for Pakistani students to study in the US have never been greater”, said USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar. She congratulated the departing students saying, “This was a very strenuous and transparent competition. We know you will represent Pakistan very well in the US and return to make a real difference here.” USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States, is one of 51 ‘Fulbright Commissions’ located throughout the world. Fulbright is the flagship educational exchange programme of the United States Department of State. The mission of the programme is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the people of the United States through educational and cultural exchange. Since its inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP administered exchange programs. In addition to the Fulbright program, USEFP administers a number of scholarship programs for undergraduates, teachers, journalists, and other professionals.

In addition, USEFP offices in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi assist students interested in applying to study in the United States. USEFP also runs testing centres in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi administering the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and other standardized examinations.The news.

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