Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan hosted a group of 98 Pakistani students, who arrived yesterday in Washington DC under the Global UGRAD exchange program, at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global-UGRAD) for Pakistan. The program works under the aegis of US Department of Stateís Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and has supported over 2000 young leaders from across Pakistan since its inception.
Participants of this year's program originate from different areas of Pakistan including Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA and belong to multifarious academic fields ranging from Engineering, Business, Medicine and Social sciences. The students will go to 58 different host institutions in 31 states across the United States.
Ms. Mary Kirk, Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs and Ms. Kerri Hannan, Director of the South and Central Asia Press and Public Diplomacy Office at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs were also in attendance. Both of them thanked the Ambassador for hosting luncheon and giving an overwhelming welcome to the participants of the program. They briefed the Ambassador and the participants about the program and its history.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan welcomed the participants and briefed them on a range of vital foreign policy issues. Ambassador Khan emphasized the importance of seven decades old Pak-US bilateral relationship, of which educational exchanges is an important component. He expressed confidence in further fortification of this long standing relationship in the years to come.
In his concluding remarks, the Ambassador encouraged the students to make best use of their stay in the United States through enhancing their learning abilities, capacity building and active engagement with the local community. He expressed the hope that this program will help polish their professional and leadership skills.