Academic exchange programmes play an important role in strengthening people-to-people ties between the US and Pakistan, said US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas Williams while addressing the pre-departure orientation of Pakistani Fulbright Student Programme recipients at a local hotel on Friday.
Congratulating the 147 Pakistani recipients, he said “Each one of you will become an ambassador of the rich culture and society that is Pakistan. You will be able to share your own unique experience and insights to make a difference in lives of people you meet and institutions of which you are a part, both in the US and upon your return to Pakistan,” he said.
The 2015 Fulbright cohort hails from 33 universities across Pakistan, with women representing 46 per cent of the group. For their studies in the US, the Fulbright participants will be attending 70 different universities in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including engineering, energy, management and social sciences.
“Since 2005, the Fulbright was received by 1,537 Pakistanis to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns,” he shared.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2015.