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USEFP & US Embassy aim to attract more Pakistani students with scholarships & programs

The US Educational Foundation in Pakistan, in collaboration with the US Embassy and Education USA, celebrated the International Education Week by encouraging Pakistani students to apply in universities across the US.

The US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) celebrated its annual High Achievers’ and Counselors’ Recognition Ceremony in the federal capital from November 18 to 22.

The event was organized by the USEFP, Education USA and the US Embassy to honor Pakistani students and counselors from 16 schools and 27 campuses.

Attracting Pakistani Students

The US-based educational promotion organizations are aiming to attract more Pakistani students to apply in universities and colleges across the US. The ceremony was organized to celebrate high-achieving students from local schools.

During the celebrations and events, the US officials and staff encouraged potential Pakistan leaders and students to study in the United States.

Lisa Heller, the US Embassy Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, addressed the annual High Achiever’s and Counselors’ Recognition Ceremony. Heller said, “Over 7,900 Pakistanis are currently studying at universities across the US, and the US government will like to increase that number.”

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Heller observed that Pakistan is one of the fastest-growing pool of international students who apply to universities in the US, and the US government is dedicated to facilitating academic exchange and educational opportunities for Pakistani students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

She added, “A five percent increase has already been recorded in Pakistani student enrollments this year as compared to last year.”

Rita Akhtar, the USEFP Executive Director also addressed the gathering. She said, “IEW activities are planned and organized by Education USA advisers who have firsthand experienced studying in the US and are well-positioned to guide students through their applications.”

International Education Week

On November 21, the US Consulate in Karachi celebrated the International Education Week in collaboration with USEFP. The event invited 50 vice-chancellors and university officials to attend a high tea at the America Consulate.

Acting CG Jack Hillmeyer addressed the gathering and assured Pakistani students of Washington’s commitment to promote opportunities for higher education.

Advisors and counselors from Education USA also briefed the attendees on the processes of USEFP testing and scholarships to promote awareness amongst Pakistani students looking to apply in universities across the US.

During the International Education Week celebrations, the Karachi Center of Education USA also held a panel discussion, titled Parents meet Parents. The discussion invited parents who have sent their children to study abroad to share their experiences and strategies with parents who are planning to send their children to universities across the United States.

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The International Education Week Celebrations also included a Dramatic Reading Competition amongst school students in Islamabad. Khadijah Sahi secured the first position and won a tablet, while Ahmed Faiz and Haseeb Ullah Malik became the two runner ups.