A group of 96 Pakistani students, who arrived yesterday in Washington DC through an exchange program, were hosted by Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, today. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global-UGRAD) for Pakistan launched in 2010, works under the aegis of US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Participants of this year’s program belong to multifarious academic fields ranging from Engineering, Business, Medicine and Social sciences, and originate from different areas of Pakistan, including the remote areas of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and FATA region. To date, around 1300 young Pakistani students have benefitted from this very initiative.
Ms. Teresa Mastrangelo, Senior Program Director, Department of State thanked the Embassy and the Ambassador for hosting luncheon and giving an overwhelming welcome to the participants of the program. She briefed the Ambassador and the participants about the program and its history.
The Ambassador, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, welcomed the participants and briefed the group on a range of vital foreign policy issues particularly the Pak-US relations and the economic and security situation in Pakistan viz-z-viz rapidly evolving regional scenario. “Of course our relationship with the U.S. is one of the most important bilateral relationships for us. We have partnered with the U.S. in combating terrorism and extremism because we believe that whenever the two countries have worked together, it has benefitted both Pakistan and the United States”, said the Ambassador.
“The people of Pakistan and America share a fundamental desire for stability, peace and regional and global economic development. These goals can only be achieved through education,” said Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.
The Ambassador encouraged the students to apply the skills which they will learn and productively use the connections made during their stay in the United States, in their professional and personal lives. He expressed the hope that this program and the semester-long stay of the students in the United States will help polish their professional and leadership skills.
The Ambassador emphasized that the seven decades of cooperation, ranging from trade to education between Pakistan and United States symbolizes the long-standing partnership between the two countries. He expressed confidence in further fortification of this long standing partnership in the years to come.
August 09 , 2017