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173 Pakistanis Prepare to Begin Fulbright Studies and Research in US

173 Pakistanis Prepare to Begin Fulbright Studies and Research in US
July 15, 2017

PESHAWAR

American Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jonathan Pratt congratulated 173 Pakistani students and scholars on receiving a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to pursue advanced studies and research in the United States.

The Fulbright Program is the American government’s flagship academic exchange program, and the Fulbright Program in Pakistan is one of the largest in the world, according to press release, stated in a press release issued on Friday.

“You made it through an incredibly competitive application process, and you and your families should be very proud of your achievement,” Chargé d’Affaires Pratt said.

“I’m especially pleased to see such a diverse group of Fulbright participants here, representing the many geographical regions of Pakistan and different walks of life.”

The 2017 Fulbright cohort is 54 percent female.  The participants will attend 85 U.S. universities where they will pursue a wide variety of academic disciplines, including engineering, social sciences and energy management.

“The Fulbright Program offers participants an unparalleled opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research and study alongside American peers,” said U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Executive Director Rita Akhtar.  “This academic experience has a transformative effect not only on individual participants, but also on their communities after they return home.”

Pakistani students have gone to pursue study or research in the U.S. and returned to share gains of international learning, whether through continuing research back home or supporting the local communities and economy through business ventures.”

The press release said that USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States, is one of 49 Fulbright Commissions throughout the world.  Its mission is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the United States through educational and cultural exchange programs.  In addition to the Fulbright program, USEFP manages U.S. Government-funded scholarship programs for undergraduates, teachers, journalists, and other professionals.

 

 

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