189 Fulbright Scholarship Winners Head to the United States

In a bid to promote educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Pakistan, 189 students were awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship this year to pursue advanced studies and research in the United States. Most of these students started their Master’s and PhD degrees in various disciplines this fall ...
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Partnership Grants Continue to Strengthen Ties Between Pakistani and American Academics

For the on-going U.S.–Pakistan University Partnerships Grants Program (UPGP), this quarter saw a flurry of activity. Here are some of the highlights: In July and August, USEFP launched three new grants for the Lahore College for Women University, the Institute of Management Sciences in Peshawar, and the University of Science ...
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Global UGRAD Students Travel to D.C. for Welcome Workshop

Forty-eight Global UGRAD students arrived in Washington, D.C. on August 2 for the first in-person Welcome Workshop of the program since January 2020. It was held at Gallaudet University before the participants traveled to their U.S. host colleges and universities – a total of 39 host institutions in 24 states. ...
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Virtual Fairs Bring Over 100 U.S. HEIs to Pakistani Students

This September, Team EducationUSA Pakistan collaborated with its South Asian partners in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh to host virtual graduate and undergraduate education fairs. The two online events were held a week apart: the Graduate Virtual Fair took place on September 3 for prospective Master’s and PhD students, and the ...
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Students, Counselors Benefit from Multi-Faceted EducationUSA Programming

This quarter was a productive one for EducationUSA Pakistan advisers as they orchestrated multiple in-person, hybrid, and virtual events and campaigns that garnered significant traction. Here are some of the highlights: Networking High Teas for Counselors For the first time in three years, the Islamabad and Lahore offices resumed the ...
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USEFP Trailblazers Pave the Way Forward

To celebrate 75 years of U.S.–Pakistan relations and highlight the achievements of alumni, USEFP launched a special video series in August called USEFP Leaders and Luminaries. The five-part series features Fulbright, Global UGRAD, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, and Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) alumni. These trailblazers belong to different regions ...
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Story Submissions Highlight Immense Creative Talent of Pakistan’s Youth

EducationUSA Pakistan held its seventh annual Creative Writing Contest for students aged 16 to 19 this summer. Over 240 high schoolers from across the country participated by submitting original works of fiction on one of the following prompts: Write a story about a never-seen-before magical object that turns up along ...
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Team EducationUSA Pakistan Takes D.C. and Albuquerque

This summer, EducationUSA advisers Maryam Khan and Ayesha Siddiqi attended the EducationUSA Forum and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC)’s 2022 conference respectively. EducationUSA Forum The annual forum was held in Washington D.C. from August 2 to August 4. The program included concurrent information sessions, a global showcase, ...
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Testing Department Sees an Efficient, Fast-Paced Quarter

This quarter, the testing department continued to efficiently administer exams in a challenging yet rewarding environment. Even as new tests and formats were introduced, Covid-19 safety protocols remained firmly in place. Here are some highlights: Considerable interest in PTE After the launch of the Pearson Test of English (PTE), a ...
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Humphrey Fellowship and FLTA Program Announced

USEFP announced two competitive non-degree programs in June: the 2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and the 2023 Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. The Humphrey Fellowship is a 10- to 12-month program aimed at mid-level professionals who want to build on their knowledge base by enrolling in non-degree coursework and ...
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Pakistani and American Universities Work Together to Train Faculty Across Country

This quarter, under the U.S.-Pakistan University Partnerships Grants Program (UPGP), the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit, Isra university in Hyderabad, and the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad conducted faculty development training programs in collaboration with higher education institutions in the United States. Extensive trainings KIU’s six-month ...
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EdUSA Pakistan Gifts Test Prep Books to All Lincoln Corners

This quarter, EducationUSA Pakistan donated GRE and TOEFL preparation books to 18 Lincoln Corners across the country and the American Center in Islamabad. Prospective students who want to apply to the United States can peruse these books at the Lincoln Corner closest to them. Many higher education institutions in the ...
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USEFP Executive Director Attends Fulbright Prize Ceremony Honoring Bono

On April 1, USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar attended the Fulbright Prize Ceremony and Fulbright Association Luncheon in Washington, DC. She was also part of the International Selection Committee that chose Bono, lead singer of U2, as the recipient of the 2021 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. In ...
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EdUSA Advisers Convene for First In-Person Meeting in Two Years

EducationUSA Pakistan’s first in-person ‘all advisers meeting’ in two years was held in the capital city from May 16-19. Advisers from all three offices assembled at USEFP’s Islamabad office for a productive week of discussions, presentations, and group activities. Some highlights included a tour of the National Library of Pakistan, ...
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Star Students Head to Top U.S. Schools with Full Aid

Anushay Anjum – New York University (NYU)  As part of the Opportunity Funds (OF) cohort inducted in 2020, Anushay worked with EducationUSA advisers in Islamabad for two years… and all that work paid off when she received a full ride to NYU as a Presidential Honors Scholar. She will be starting college ...
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Humphrey Alumni in Islamabad Enjoy First Reunion in Years

The Humphrey Alumni Association of Pakistan (HAAP)’s Islamabad/Rawalpindi Chapter convened at the USEFP office in the capital city on May 31. Fifteen fellows attended the event, which was primarily organized to welcome HAAP President Dr. Lubna Ayub to Islamabad from Karachi. Over a cup of tea, the Humphrey alumni enjoyed meeting ...
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Fulbrighter Bags Prestigious Penn State Award

Our Fulbright alumni continue to make us proud and Aaishay Haque, who graduated from Penn State University in Spring 2022 with an MA in Applied Behavior Analysis and a 4.0 GPA, is certainly no exception. During her time in the U.S., Haque became the first Pakistani to be awarded the ...
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Testing Department Facilitates Upsurge in GRE Requests, Introduces New Tests

The Testing department once again saw a busy quarter. Before the 2023 Fulbright Student competition closed on May 11, the team opened extra slots and dates to accommodate more test-takers, responded to Fulbright testing queries in a timely manner, and even provided registration services to any student who did not ...
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2023 Fulbright Program Announced

The highly anticipated 2023 Fulbright Student competition for Master’s and PhD level students commenced in February, with the closing date set for May 11. The announcement received wide press coverage. In a message to potential applicants, USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar encouraged anyone who is eligible, plans to work for ...
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Groundbreaking of USEFP Headquarters Marks Milestone in U.S. – Pak Relations

In celebration of 75 years of U.S. – Pakistan relations, USEFP held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters in Islamabad. Those in attendance included the U.S. Mission, Ministry of Education representatives, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan officials, USEFP Board members, vice-chancellors, guests, and alumni. As a symbol of binational ...
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EducationUSA Pakistan Launches New Mobile App

Our team marked the beginning of the New Year with the launch of the EducationUSA Pakistan Mobile App. The free digital tool bolsters EducationUSA’s sustained efforts to bring accurate, comprehensive, and current information to students, parents, and educators about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. ...
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Team Executes Multi-Faceted Fulbright Outreach Plan

This quarter, the USEFP team, assisted by EducationUSA advisers, initiated and implemented an extensive outreach program for the 2023 Fulbright Student competition. The multi-fold plan, which will pan out completely by May, includes 58 virtual sessions, various in-person visits to universities, and comprehensive social media marketing. A digital world Of ...
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Life in America Through the Eyes of Our Opportunity Fund Students

Each year, Team EducationUSA Pakistan revels in the acceptances that roll in for our Opportunity Fund (OF) cohort – a batch of exceptional, driven students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from U.S. colleges but lack the financial resources to cover upfront costs of obtaining admission. These ...
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Spotlight Alum: Dr. Nudrat Piracha

We spoke to Dr. Nudrat Piracha, a promising young lawyer who has been making waves recently, about her Fulbright experience, her book launch, the vital work she’s currently doing, and so much more… What led you to apply for the Fulbright Program? A desire to grow and excel. I was ...
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Career-Focused Sessions Encourage Students to Think of Life After Graduation

This quarter, EducationUSA Pakistan’s programming included a distinct focus on life after university and the advantages of a U.S. education in the professional world. During three well-received sessions, panelists and EducationUSA advisers discussed career mapping, their own work trajectories, and changing nature of the professional sphere today. What to aim ...
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Testing Centers Return to Full Seating, Accommodate Increase in Registrations

This quarter saw a significant drop in the Covid-19 infection rate, allowing the Testing department to return to full seating from March 10. This coincided with an increase in GRE registration requests following the 2023 Fulbright announcement, and additional test takers were accommodated smoothly. Here are some highlights from this ...
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Over 400 Interviews Later, the Fulbright 2022 Cohort Emerges

Selecting the Fulbright student cohort each year is not an easy feat. And this year, too, was no exception. Our Programs department received and processed 1,191 applications from 112 universities from across the country. Of these, 213 were chosen: 138 for Master’s and 75 or PhD programs. A fastidious process ...
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Fulbright Scholars Head to the U.S. for Cutting-Edge Research

This quarter, nineteen Pakistani post-doctoral scholars received Fulbright Scholar grants to conduct groundbreaking research at leading U.S. universities. Funded by the United States Government, the Fulbright Scholar Program is a 12-month program consisting of lectures and post-doctoral research. “[This] program is not only highly competitive and an honor for those ...
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EdUSA Pakistan Celebrates IEW with String of Well-Received Events

Despite the non-traditional circumstances of programming this year, EducationUSA Pakistan celebrated International Education Week (IEW) 2021 with as much enthusiasm and fervor as previous years. High Achievers’ and Counselors’ Recognition Ceremony The week kicked off with a ceremony to applaud the outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements of 221 Pakistani students ...
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Alum-Led Team Wins Prestigious Tech Competition in Turkey

A team helmed by Fulbrighter Adeel Yousaf won first place at the International Free Mission Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Competition. Organized under the banner of TEKNOFEST – one of the biggest tech events of the world – the contest was held in Bursa, Turkey, in September 2021. Over 240 teams from ...
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Interactive PDO Prepares University-Bound Students for Life in the USA

To ease the transition of many students set to begin their studies on U.S. campuses in Spring 2022, EducationUSA Pakistan organized a two-day virtual pre-departure orientation (PDO) in December. Both 90-minute sessions featured presentations from professionals and experts in the field, followed by interactive breakout rooms aimed to prepare students ...
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EdUSA Pakistan Amps Up Engagement Through Various Collaborations

This quarter, Team EducationUSA Pakistan actively worked to increase its presence on various campuses. This was achieved through a myriad of sponsorships and collaborations, which helped familiarize hundreds of young students with EducationUSA, USEFP, and higher education opportunities in the United States. Model UN The City School Model United Nations ...
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Fulbright Alum Takes Charge of the University of Swabi

USEFP would like to congratulate Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak who has recently been inducted as Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Swabi. He has over three decades of teaching and research experience and has served in key positions at various institutions. He was the VC of the Kohat University ...
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Testing Department Ends Year on a High Note

This quarter, the Testing department duly accommodated an increase in registrations for important tests, such as the TOEFL iBT, as it continued to smoothly administer crucial examinations to students and professionals alike. Like the previous quarter, stringent Covid-19 protocols remained firmly in place: staff and test-takers were masked at all ...
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USEFP Transitions

This quarter, we welcomed a new EducationUSA adviser to the team: Sana Hasan graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Psychology and English. She thoroughly enjoyed her liberal arts college experience and now helps prospective undergraduates navigate the application process for universities in the USA. In her free ...
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In Memoriam

USEFP regrets to announce the passing of Global UGRAD alumnus Haresh Kumar. Mr. Kumar attended the Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2017 as a part of the exchange program. Last year, through the Community Development Initiative (CDI), he raised awareness about water-saving techniques and the prevention of waterborne ...
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Celebrating Over Seven Decades of Excellence

This quarter has been a significant one in terms of monumental anniversaries. August 1st marked 75 years of the Fulbright Program and September 23rd marked 71 years since the founding of USEFP. Over the decades, the foundation has done outstanding work in promoting cross-cultural understanding, honing the skills of future ...
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Over 280 Fulbright, UGRAD Scholarship Winners Head to the United States

As part of the U.S.-Pakistan educational cooperation, approximately 142 Pakistani undergraduate students received Global Undergraduate Exchange (Global UGRAD) Program scholarships to study in the United States for one semester and 139 Pakistanis received Fulbright scholarships to pursue graduate studies and research at leading U.S. universities. Now these students are all ...
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Prospective Students Connect With Over 100 U.S. Universities at the EducationUSA Virtual Fair

The U.S. University Virtual Fair 2021, hosted by EducationUSA, was a resounding success. Over 100 accredited U.S. college and university representatives interacted with prospective undergraduate and graduate students as they explored the diverse academic programs available to them at world-class educational institutions in the United States. “Education is vital to ...
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Humphrey Alum Receives Prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award

Dr. Amjad Saqib founded Akhuwat, an interest- and collateral-free microfinance program, nearly two decades ago. Today, that same not-for-profit program has grown into Pakistan’s largest microfinance institution that helps millions of poor families – and it has now won Dr. Saqib the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2021, the ‘Nobel prize of ...
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Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation Arms Outbound Students with Essential Information

EducationUSA Pakistan organized a Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (VPDO) from July 12-16 for students set to begin their studies on a U.S. campus in Fall 2021. The daily hour-long sessions aimed to prepare students for a smooth transition to life in the United States by covering topics such as: preparation and ...
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Attendees All Praise for Virtual CampUSA 2021 Sessions

EducationUSA Pakistan’s annual CampUSA went virtual for the second year running. Over a period of three weeks, registered campers took part in interactive, engaging sessions on everything they needed to know about the attending college in the United States. Over 34 students from seven cities were a part of the ...
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Spotlight Alum: Dr. Zaeem Zia

We spoke to Dr. Zaeem Zia, the District Health Officer currently heading the mass vaccination efforts in Islamabad, about his Fulbright experience, the crucial work he is doing, and so much more… What led you to apply for the Fulbright Program? As a student, I always wanted to study abroad ...
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USEFP Launches Fulbright Talks 2 and Fulbright Women Podcasts

This quarter saw the launch of the second season of Fulbright Talks, featuring 21 Fulbrighters who discussed various issues important to Pakistan’s socio-economic development. The speakers were selected for their immense contributions in their professional fields. Some of the topics showcased this season were: Research findings on child sexual abuse ...
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Humphrey Alum Appointed Chairman of the FBR

USEFP would like to congratulate Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, an Inland Revenue Service officer and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, for his induction as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). A keen learner, Dr. Ahmed went to the University of Washington in 2010 on a Humphrey Fellowship to further ...
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Annual Creative Writing Contest Draws Gripping Prose from Across Pakistan

EducationUSA Pakistan once again held its annual Creative Writing Contest for students ages 16 to19 this summer. High school students from across the country participated by submitting original works of fiction that began with the following line: “I pressed the red button and everyone around me lost their memory.” Over ...
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Testing Department Sees a Productive Quarter

Building on the activities of the last quarter, the testing department continued to deliver important standardized exams that enable students and professionals to pursue their goals. Strict Covid-19 protocols remained firmly in place, such as always being masked on the premises, maintaining social distance, and consistently sanitizing hands and all ...
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In Memoriam

  USEFP regrets to announce the tragic passing of Fulbright alumnus Nauman Afzal Afridi. Mr. Afridi was a career civil servant working in the Pakistan Administrative Service since 2005 with a stellar record of performance. Over the years, he took on various administrative positions in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including ...
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Humphrey Fellowship and FLTA Program Announced

USEFP announced two competitive non-degree programs – the Humphrey H. Humphrey Fellowship and the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program – on June 13. The Humphrey Fellowship is a 10- to 12-month program aimed at mid-level professionals who want to build on their knowledge base by enrolling in non-degree coursework ...
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USEFP, HEC Agreement Aims to Increase Pakistani PhD Students in the United States

In a step toward expanding U.S.-Pakistan educational cooperation, USEFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to support 125 Pakistanis to pursue PhD studies in the United States, 25 per year for five years.  The MoU extends an agreement that funded 125 Fulbright-HEC PhD scholarships ...
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Ramadan Speaker Series 2021 Goes Virtual, Garners Huge Response

The Ramadan Speaker Series hosted by EducationUSA in Pakistan is the cornerstone of programming during the month of fasting. Events are typically held later in the day and capped by a hearty iftar. This year, due to the pandemic, EducationUSA Pakistan continued its annual series virtually. The four Facebook Live ...
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Dreams Coming True: Students Head to Top Schools

EducationUSA advisers work closely with students across the country to increase their chances of fulfilling their dream of a U.S. education. This quarter, we are proud to present six success stories – all these students are headed to schools of their choice this fall. Shayan Husham New York University – ...
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USEFP Among ‘Best Testing Labs’ According to Prometric Audit

Efficient testing services are a crucial part of the higher education process and the USEFP Testing Department’s ability to keep the labs running safely and smoothly is testament to that belief. The score issued by Prometric after the annual audit – an impressive 90 percent – has squarely placed USEFP ...
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Alum-led Startup Aims to Revolutionize Exam Prep in Pakistan

Edkasa, a fast-growing education technology startup co-founded by Fulbright alum Annum Sadiq, aims to solve what is arguably the country’s biggest problem: access to quality education. With a user base of 55,000 students already, over one million hours of recorded viewing time, more than 250,000 answered student queries in just ...
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EducationUSA Pakistan Displays Strong Presence at NAFSA and NAGAP

The EducationUSA Pakistan team places significant emphasis on professional development, networking, and the exchange of ideas and information. For this reason, advisers attend various conferences each year, networking with and learning from top administrators and peers from around the world, who have similar experiences and challenges in the field of ...
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Alums Bring Home Prestigious Google Research Scholar Award

Dr. Mohsen Ali and Dr. Izza Aftab are making waves. The pair of Fulbright alum, both professors at the Information Technology University in Lahore, have bagged the coveted Google Research Scholar Award worth USD 60,000 – and they are the only Pakistanis to have won this year. Work that makes ...
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Spotlight Alum: Waqas Idrees

We recently spoke to Waqas Idrees, a young energy expert, about his Fulbright experience, his professional trajectory, and so much more. What led you to apply for the Fulbright Program? During my undergraduate studies, I was unable to attend my dream school due to limited finances, so I enrolled in ...
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Six Fulbright Alumni Appointed Vice Chancellors

USEFP would like to congratulate the following Fulbright alumni who have recently been inducted as Vice Chancellors: Dr. Kanwal Ameen, University of Home Economics, Lahore Dr. Ameen is an award-winning teacher, author, and researcher who pursued her post-doctoral studies in library science at the University of Missouri in 2010. Before ...
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USEFP Welcomes New Team Members

Muhammad Imran Bokhari joined USEFP as Coordinator Testing Services in May 2021. Before this, he served as the project manager for a Department for International Development (DFID) school rehabilitation project in South Punjab. He has also worked with the Aga Khan Development Network, the United Nations, and the Pakistan Poverty ...
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Trace

By Waseem Anwar* Because “the seeing” eyes “see” very “little,” his inward eye could see it all, and like Milton, Keller, Beethoven* he made, look big, the smallest of small. Where no one dared, he glided smooth, in every ‘clave of blessed souls, to track the strangest, untrodden paths that ever ...
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Engaging Alumni for EducationUSA Programming

Aspiring students benefit from hearing first-hand experiences of those who have already benefited from a U.S. education and therefore our advisers actively engage alumni as a part of their digital outreach. Since July 2020, 36 virtual sessions have been attended by over 450 prospective students. “While applying to universities, it’s ...
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Opportunity Fund Students Shine Bright

The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds (OF) program helps students from all over the world overcome seemingly unsurmountable odds to obtain a U.S. education. The brightest students who lack even the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of obtaining admission (such as testing, application fees, and airfare) work closely with advisers ...
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2022 Fulbright Program Announced

USEFP announced the opening of the 2022 Fulbright Student competition in March. Since 2005, Pakistan’s Fulbright Program is the world’s largest in terms of financial contribution from the U.S. Government.  The Government of Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission (HEC), has also provided generous support.  Every year approximately 100 Pakistanis ...
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Spotlight Alum: Dr. Razia Sultana

We recently spoke to Dr. Razia Sultana, an accomplished academic, who shared her thoughts on the Fulbright Program, her professional trajectory, and so much more… What led you to apply for the Fulbright Program? Fulbright is a prestigious and competitive scholarship program and candidates across the world vie to be ...
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Testing Department Forges Ahead With Safety Plan Firmly in Place

For USEFP, the health and safety of our staff, stakeholders, and test takers has always been the top priority – and as we continue to make our way through the pandemic, this remains as true as ever. In fact, even more so. Despite the challenges brought on by Covid-19, our ...
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Fulbright Alum and Team Bag Prestigious International Grant

Fulbright alumnus Dr. Mohsen Ali and his team at Information Technology University (ITU) recently won the highly competitive international research grant ‘AI for Earth Innovation’ for their work on glaciers. This grant, a joint initiative of National Geographic and Microsoft, aims to support projects that use artificial intelligence to improve ...
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Alumni Department Releases New USD 50,000 Grants for Universities

The U.S.-Pakistan University Partnerships Grants Program (UPGP), spearheaded by USEFP’s alumni department, has offered new grants of up to USD 50,000 to Pakistani and American universities. The program, running from 2020 to 2022, is being administered by the department as the implementing partner for the U.S. Mission in Pakistan. Previously, ...
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Humphrey Alumni See a Busy Quarter

  New office bearers elected The HAAP elections took place recently and these office bearers were elected unopposed. They will retain their positions for a two-year term ending on December 31, 2022: President: Dr. Lubna Ayub Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow 1999 (American University for Public Administration & Public Finance). Chief ...
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Fulbright Alumni Take Charge as Vice Chancellors

USEFP would like to congratulate two Fulbright post-doc alumni who have recently been inducted as Vice Chancellors. Dr. Zaffar M. Khan, University of Technology, Nowshera Dr. Khan completed his post-doc from Iowa State University in 1995. He established the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Sciences and ...
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USEFP Transitions

This quarter, we bid farewell to Sana Fatima Hussain who is now pursuing a degree in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. At USEFP, she served as Coordinator Testing Services and was also in charge of this newsletter. We wish her the best with all her future endeavors. ...
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In Memoriam

USEFP regrets to announce the passing of three esteemed alumni. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends. Dr. Kamal ud Din A renowned academic, Dr. Kamal chaired the Department of English at the Forman Christian College (FCC) and enjoyed a teaching career that spanned decades. He was ...
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Pre-departure orientation prepares Pakistani students for their Fulbright journey

On December 22 and 23 USEFP held its first ever virtual pre-departure orientation for 138 departing students who will pursue master’s and PhD studies in the United States. The 2020 Fulbright Student cohort initially comprised 180 grantees, of whom 7 departed in the fall while the rest were taking their ...
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EducationUSA Pakistan celebrates International Education Week

Reflecting the unique flavor of the higher education system it recommends, International Education Week 2020 was celebrated with a diverse array of events inviting participation from local educators, U.S. embassy officials and of course, the students of Pakistan. In an atmosphere where in-person events and large gatherings are off-limits, this ...
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Spotlight alum: Dr. Muhammad Ashraf

  USEFP is very proud to claim you as one of its Fulbright alumni. Can you tell us what led you to apply to the Fulbright program? When I applied to the Fulbright program, there were only a few awards, especially senior fellowships for well-established professionals. Due to the scarcity ...
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First-ever virtual South Asia Tour proves to be a resounding success

Regional team effort prevailed as the virtual South Asia tour was described by several participating U.S. Higher Education Institutions (HEI) Representatives as the “best virtual fair [they had] participated in.” Held over two weekends, the Graduate Fair came first on October 2 and 3, followed by the Undergraduate Fair on ...
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EducationUSA PDO celebrates students departing to the U.S.

EducationUSA’s Pre-Departure Orientations conclude each year’s advising cycle. Intended to prepare students freshly enrolled in U.S. education programs for the initial experience, these orientations cover the catalogue of shared circumstances that the early period in a new environment presents. With the pandemic postponing the start date for last year’s successful ...
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In memoriam

  USEFP regrets to announce the recent passing of one of its esteemed alumni, Anwar Aziz Chaudhry. Mr. Chaudhry passed away in Lahore on November 22, 2020 after a sudden illness. Mr. Chaudhry did his pre-doc in International Relations from the University of Michigan in 1955 and began active participation ...
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USEFP celebrates seventy years of promoting educational and cultural exchange

USEFP celebrated its 70th anniversary on September 23, this year. Although the extensive festivities planned for the occasion were somewhat dampened by Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions, the milestone was celebrated with fervor through various online activities. Established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States, USEFP ...
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Quarantined with Fulbrighters: Podcast showcases alumni contributions during Covid-19

The Covid-19 health crisis, which brought the world to a standstill, also elicited extraordinary compassion and selfless acts of service from healthcare professionals, as a well as ordinary citizens. As in past crises, Fulbright alumni have been at the forefront of efforts to manage the pandemic and its fallout in ...
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USEFP launches new website

USEFP launched a brand new website on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. The new and improved website features all the latest news as well as important resources for individuals interested in higher education in the United States. There is a special section that gives an overview of the history ...
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Talent abounds among USEFP’s creative writing contest entries

One of the highlights of this quarter was a creative writing contest organized by EdUSA for Pakistani students enrolled in A-levels or FSc. The contest provided students with an opportunity to showcase their creative talents, promising the added bonus of certificates and prizes to the winning entries. The judges for ...
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EdUSA’s virtual bootcamps – a safe and effective source of information on college applications

The pandemic created many hurdles for EducationUSA advisors, one of them was reaching out to interested students in the most interactive way possible. With schools shut down, it was going to be difficult to hold outreaches and events like in the past, thus, advisors in Karachi came up with a ...
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Fulbright and Humphrey alumni step-up in times of crisis

Over the years, USEFP alumni have proven that they are committed to using the knowledge and skills learned on their exchange experiences in the U.S. to drive positive change in Pakistan. During Covid-19 this commitment has been reaffirmed, as many Fulbright and Humphrey alumni have set up initiatives to help ...
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EdUSA webinars help HEI reps reach broader audience during pandemic

The quarantine period was a difficult time for many, but also an opportunity for prospective students to start thinking about their plans for higher education in the United States. EducationUSA and USEFP held a series of webinars with higher education institute representatives to keep students informed and up to date ...
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16th South Asia Tour facilitates student interaction with U.S. universities

  On February 9, 2020, 13 U.S. university representatives flew into Karachi to kick-start the 16th bi-annual South Asia Tour in Pakistan. Twice a year, in spring and fall, U.S. universities visit Pakistan to meet students who are hoping to study in the United States. EducationUSA and USEFP facilitates this ...
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3rd Annual Humphrey Conference celebrates 40 years of Humphrey Fellowship in Pakistan

  On February 14 and 15, over 50 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship alumni gathered at Serena Hotel in Islamabad for the 3rd Annual Humphrey Alumni Conference. The conference is a yearly get-together, where Humphrey alumni, leaders in their respective field, come together to share their experience of the fellowship program, ...
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Spotlight alum: Dr. Ali Nasir

  1. USEFP is very proud to claim you as one of its Fulbright alumni. Can you tell us what led you to apply to the Fulbright program? I heard about the Fulbright program through a colleague at Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). At the time, I ...
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USEFP alumni: leading from the front

USEFP’s Fulbright and UGRAD alumni have always been at the forefront of innovation and civic engagement. During the Covid-19 crisis, many alumni have stepped up to offer support and help their communities. Some of these alumni and their contributions are listed below:     Dr. Muhammad Zaeem Zia: Fulbright alumnus, ...
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EdUSA events build engagement with Pakistani high schools

During this quarter, EducationUSA and USEFP worked actively to increase their presence on school campuses, helping promote access to information on U.S. higher education among Pakistan’s high school students. This was achieved through various sponsorships and collaborations undertaken through the months of January and February, helping bring the count of ...
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In Memoriam

USEFP regrets to announce the passing of three of its esteemed alumni. Our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends. Professor Sharif Al Mujahid Professor Sharif Al Mujahid passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020, at the age of 93. He was a Fulbright alumnus, who completed his post-doc in mass ...
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USEFP Jointly Hosts First-Ever International Conference on Higher Education quality assurance

In December 2019, more than 250 Pakistani higher education officials gathered in Islamabad to attend the first-ever international conference on higher education quality assurance. The conference, titled “Quality Assurance System, Standards and Policies: Issues and Challenges,” was aimed at mainstreaming quality in higher education, focusing on quality assurance systems, research ...
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16th Annual Fulbright Alumni Conference Celebrates Alumni Contributions and Achievements

  The 16th annual Fulbright Alumni Conference was held in Islamabad from December 13 to 15, 2019. More than 200 Fulbright alumni participated in the three-day conference which featured entertaining stand-up, live talks, and a host of engaging masterclass workshops. This year’s theme “Global Best Practices in Local Context” highlighted ...
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EducationUSA Pakistan Celebrates International Education Week

EducationUSA Pakistan teams in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore work year-round to underscore the value of American higher education. Each November, this work reaches a height with International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrating the benefits of international ...
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Global UGRAD Grantees Depart For a Semester-Long Exchange Journey to the U.S.

Almost 100 Pakistani undergraduate students selected to participate in the U.S. Government-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), gathered in Islamabad for a two-day pre-departure orientation (PDO). Starting January 2020, the students will take undergraduate classes at leading U.S. colleges and universities and engage in community service as part of ...
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Fulbright Fall Orientation Seminar Educates Grantees About American Culture and History

In October 2019, about 150 Pakistani Fulbright master’s and PhD grantees gathered at Kansas State University to attend the three-day 2019 Fulbright Fall Orientation Seminar. The seminar was an excellent opportunity for Fulbright grantees to build on their skills and acquaint themselves with American culture. The sessions provided many networking ...
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NACAC Conference Offers Professional Development Opportunities for Educational Professionals

By Salwa Janjua In September 2019, I travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the annual National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference. NACAC is an organization of more than 13,000 professionals from around the world, dedicated to serving students transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education, spanning everyone from professional school counselors and ...
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Test Prep Initiative Promotes Access to U.S. Higher Education in Pakistan

  Majority of USEFP’s operations are underlined by efforts to improve access and promote U.S. higher education across Pakistan. In addition to its scholarship opportunities, USEFP’s EducationUSA advising centers play a vital role in disseminating accurate and reliable information about education in the U.S. through outreach and information seminars. These ...
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156 Pakistani students embark on transformative Fulbright journey

  On July 25, 2019 United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organized a pre-departure orientation (PDO) for 156 departing students who will pursue master’s and PhD studies in the United States this fall. The 2019 Fulbright cohort hails from 42 Pakistani universities and will be completing their degrees at ...
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15th biannual South Asia Tour proves a resounding success

Twice each year, EducationUSA invites U.S. colleges and universities to participate in its South Asia Tour. This fall marked the 15th edition of the tour, with 25 participating higher education institutions from across the U.S., including several repeat visitors. “This was my first visit to Pakistan, and I couldn’t have ...
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Pakistani Global UGRAD students prepare for semester in the U.S.

    In July, USEFP hosted a pre-departure orientation (PDO) for 144 undergraduate Pakistani students selected for the U.S. government-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). The PDO celebrated the students for their achievements and shared helpful information to prepare them for academic and cultural exchange life in the U.S. The ...
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Spotlight alum: Usama Javed Mirza

  USEFP is very proud to claim you as one of its Fulbright alumni. Can you tell us what led you to apply to the Fulbright program and what your experience at Columbia University was like? What led me to apply was my love for teaching. I completed my bachelor’s ...
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EdUSA’s summer internship offers opportunities for growth and learning

EducationUSA reprised its summer internship program this year, with four interns joining the team in its Islamabad and Lahore offices. Alezeh Mumtaz, Amna Tariq, Tanya Noon, and Noor ul Ain were all valued members of the advising offices during the summer, and assisted with or took the lead on various ...
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Alumni activity round-up

Movie screenings by the Fulbright Alumni Association, Lahore During this quarter, the Lahore chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association organized movie screenings for alumni and their friends and families. The movie screenings, which will be a monthly feature going forward, were held at USEFP’s Lahore office. In addition to two ...
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EdUSA’s annual blood drive receives record number of donors

In September, EducationUSA worked with Competitive College Club (CCC) and Opportunity Funds (OF) cohort students to organize a blood drive in Islamabad and Lahore. CCC students represent the top 10 percent of their respective classes and are nominated by school counselors before undergoing an extensive application process. Similarly, OF students ...
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USEFP transitions

  This quarter, USEFP welcomed five new members to its team: Aleena Mehreen Niaz Aleena Niaz joined USEFP as an EducationUSA adviser in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College in economics/ business with a French minor. During this time, she also spent a semester abroad in Nice, ...
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Fulbright Re-entry Seminar prepares grantees for their return to Pakistan 

  The annual Fulbright Re-entry Seminar was hosted in Nashville at Tennessee State University from April 25 to 28. The four-day seminar, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aimed to prepare the cohort of ...
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Bringing the GRE mock tests to public sector universities

There’s something about the idea of a test that strikes fear in even the most confident and self-assured among us. Perhaps it is the mental image of an exam room, with atmosphere so tense it can be cut with a knife, or the debilitating pressure of knowing that the future ...
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USEFP and LUMS celebrate the Fulbright program and their alumni

  On April 5, 2019, USEFP hosted the first Fulbright – Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) alumni dinner to celebrate and reconnect with LUMS alumni who won the Fulbright award and completed their Master’s or PhD in the United States. LUMS boasts the largest Fulbright alumni community in Pakistan ...
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New Competitive College Club cohorts inducted across Pakistan

The brightest students that Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi schools have to offer were inducted into EducationUSA’s exclusive Competitive College Club (CCC) 2019-21 cohort in May. The ceremony took place in front of audiences including the students’ parents and siblings, as well as representatives from the U.S. Embassy and Consulate. The ...
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Fulbright alumni appointed vice-chancellors

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf In April 2019, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf was appointed vice-chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Prof. Dr. Ashraf is a Fulbright alumnus, who was a visiting scientist at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA from 1993 to 1994. He also received the Fulbright Research Award. He ...
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Ramadan Speaker Series engages public in Islamabad and Lahore

  The Ramadan Speaker Series hosted by EducationUSA in Pakistan is a cornerstone of programming during the fasting month. The events, hosted in the evening and capped by a hearty iftar, usually feature presentations by U.S. Embassy officers in Islamabad or U.S. Consulate officers in Lahore and Karachi. These presentations ...
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USEFP transitions

  USEFP welcomes two new members to its team:  Syed Asad Ali Shah: Asad Ali joined USEFP in 2019. After completing his undergraduate degree from NUST-Islamabad, he went on to complete his Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Montana. At Montana, he worked as a teacher’s assistant for Introduction ...
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Largest South Asia Tour brings 41 U.S. university reps to Pakistan

  Twice each year, the EdUSA team at USEFP pulls out all the stops to organize what is fast becoming the most highly anticipated event for students, counsellors and parents in Pakistan. The biannual South Asia Tour, with its spring and fall chapters, has been growing from strength to strength, ...
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Spotlight Alumni: Fariel Salahuddin

  USEFP is very proud to claim you as one of its Fulbright alumni. Can you tell us what led you to apply to the Fulbright program, and what your experience at Columbia University was like? FS: My experience at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University ...
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Accepting applications for the 2020 Fulbright Degree Program

On February 9, USEFP announced the Fulbright Awards 2020 with a May 15, 2019 deadline. The Award announcement was placed in all major newspapers, so if you have yet to see the ad there or across our social media feeds, feel free to share this advertisement within your network. Update: ...
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Winning together: the mantra for USEFP’s team building training

The main motivation behind organizing the teambuilding activity was to reconnect with USEFP’s vision, enhance team collaboration, and celebrate collective successes. The agenda focused on activities that emphasized the importance of working as a team, the significance of the big picture and celebration of diversity. As organizations grow in size, ...
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UGRAD grantees representing Pakistan on the world stage

Each year during the Global UGRAD predeparture orientation, USEFP is introduced to a vibrant and dynamic group of future leaders, eager to begin their journey of learning and exploration in the United States. These undergraduate students are chosen because of their leadership potential, acceptance of diversity and passion for change. ...
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In memoriam

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and the Fulbright Association are deeply saddened at the recent passing of two esteemed alumni. We extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and the extended Fulbright community. May their souls rest in peace, ameen.  Madiha Aijaz Fulbright alumna, Madiha Aijaz, passed away ...
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Improving access to U.S. higher education through countrywide outreach

  USEFP recognizes that access to information about U.S. higher education is a privilege enjoyed by few in Pakistan. As such, it aims to offer services that bridge the information gap and make education in the U.S. a possibility for everyone. In addition to its scholarship opportunities, USEFP’s EducationUSA advising ...
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Embracing innovation – 2018 Fulbright Alumni Conference revamped

  For the past 15 years, USEFP has hosted the Fulbright Alumni Conference in a format modeled around academic papers and presentations. This year, we decided to shake things up by changing our approach to celebrating the achievements of Fulbright alumni and sharing the impact of the Fulbright Program with ...
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Surpassing expectations: the 13th South Asia Tour brings 37 U.S. university reps to Pakistan

  Each year, fall brings with it a palpable excitement among students, parents and counselors, as they prepare to attend the second leg of the biannual South Asia Tour organized by EducationUSA in Pakistan. The tour provides a unique opportunity for students and counselors to interact with U.S. university representatives ...
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USEFP celebrates inspiring UGRAD grantees as they depart for a semester to the U.S.

  Over 135 Pakistani undergraduate students, selected to participate in the U.S. Government-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), gathered in Islamabad for a two-day pre-departure orientation (PDO). The PDO is the last stop for students before they depart to the United States and serves as an introduction on what ...
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IEW 2018 prepares Pakistani students for international educational experiences

  International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that promotes international exchange and a global learning environment. In November 2018, EducationUSA Pakistan celebrated IEW by holding a series of 13 interactive and informative events for over 3,000 ...
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Bridging gaps: USEFP holds its 2nd Annual Humphrey Conference

  The 2nd Annual Humphrey Alumni Conference took place in Islamabad from October 5 – 6, 2018. The event was hosted by the United States Educational Foundation Pakistan (USEFP) at the Islamabad Club. The theme for the event was “Bridging Gaps”. On Friday, October 5, over 100 Humphrey alumni and ...
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A day in the life of an EducationUSA adviser

I woke up a little earlier than usual because it was going to be a busy day at work. An early morning outreach visit, advisees in the afternoon, and a college-search workshop to wrap up the day – a little bit of everything that makes EducationUSA what it is. A ...
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USEFP transitions

  USEFP welcomes three new staff members to its team: Aiman Rizvi graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2017 with concentrations in Politics and Film. She moved to Karachi to work as a journalist before she joined USEFP as an EducationUSA Adviser. In her free time, she enjoys writing, documentary ...
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Fulbright Orientation Seminar helps grantees navigate their stay in America

  In October 2018, Pakistani Fulbright Master’s and PhD grantees from across the U.S. gathered in Madison, WI to participate in an exchange of information, skills and expertise on the theme of U.S. Social Movements. The three-day seminar included workshops, discussions, and a tour of the State Capitol and Wisconsin ...
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Inspiration Abounds at the Fulbright Pre-departure Orientation 2018

  In July, over 150 inspiring Fulbright grantees from across Pakistan gathered in Islamabad, to attend the pre-departure orientation hosted by USEFP. These grantees will attend 70 U.S. universities to study and conduct research in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including engineering, social sciences and energy management. The two-day ...
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UGRAD Grantees Depart to the U.S. as Cultural Ambassadors

  This year, 108 students currently enrolled in Pakistani universities have been selected to participate in the fall 2018 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). The Global UGRAD is one of the most popular U.S. government-funded scholarship programs managed by USEFP, where Pakistani students spend a semester studying at colleges ...
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Career Pathways: An “Experience of a Lifetime” For Students and Counsellors

High school students today seem to be surrounded by myriad pressures even before they graduate. This often leaves little room for self-discovery or real-world experiences. Choosing a career path then becomes a matter of pragmatism rather than following one’s passion. Career Pathways, a three-week summer program offered by USEFP in ...
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Looking Ahead: EducationUSA PDO Celebrates Students Departing to the U.S.

The process of applying to a college or university in the United States requires time, preparation and a lot of effort. Those who successfully complete this process however, embark on an adventure that will leave a lasting impression on their lives. To celebrate the triumph of those who have been ...
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“Armed with Faith” Screened Exclusively for Alumni in Lahore and Peshawar

In the summer, USEFP hosted an exclusive screening of Armed with Faith, a Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy production, which highlights the dangerous and courageous work of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit (KPK BDU). The film is co-produced by Fulbright alumna, Haya Fatima Iqbal, who also co-produced the Oscar winning documentary, ...
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“Every Player’s Music Counts”

Imagine the famed Prague Symphony Orchestra performing a concert in the heart of Europe. Now imagine one player’s music being out of tune with the rest of the group. The entire piece would be rendered “off” because of one player. This is how Robin Sharma, one of the world’s premier ...
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Humphrey Alumnus Appointed Federal Minister

  USEFP is proud to announce that the first Hubert H. Humphrey program alumnus from Pakistan, Shafqat Mahmood, has been appointed Federal Minister under the current government in Pakistan. Mahmood is a 1980 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, who completed his fellowship from Harvard University in Public Administration. He holds a ...
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USEFP Welcomes New Board Members

  USEFP would like to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors, Mr. Christopher Fitzgerald, Matthew Singer, and Anthony Jones. These members were introduced during USEFP’s 254th meeting of the Board of Directors held at the end of this quarter, and join the existing board members, Dr. Christopher ...
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In Memorium: Taimur Aman (1981 – 2018)

  USEFP regrets to announce the passing of Taimur Aman, a friend and alumnus of the Hubert H. Humphrey program. Taimur, who passed away on July 14, 2018, completed his Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship from Michigan State University in Human Resource Management in 2017. He was born on January 25, 1981 ...
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PUAN Alumni Conference: Promoting Pakistan-U.S. Partnership Through Art, Culture and Society

  The Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network alumni conference ‘Meet Pakistan through Art, Culture, and Society’ took place in Islamabad from July 12 to 16, 2018. The conference brought together more than 200 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs in the fields of arts and culture from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The four-day conference focused on the Pakistani-American partnerships in cultural ...
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Annual Creative Writing Contest Brings Out Students’ Creative Talents

EducationUSA Pakistan held its annual Creative Writing Contest this summer for students ages 16-18. More than 150 students from across the country submitted original works of fiction, centered around the theme of “Life in Pakistan”, highlighting the creative talent of Pakistan’s youth. Strong creative writing skills may be overlooked in ...
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Winning Entry by Zahra Ajaz

Earlier this year, we ran a Creative Writing contest for young writers between the ages of 16 and 18. It gave us the opportunity to read through hundreds of excellent submissions received from all across the country. Presented here is Zahra Ajaz’s submission which was awarded first place in the ...
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Second Place Entry “The Tale of the Bootwallah” by Taimur Adnan

Earlier this year, we ran a Creative Writing contest for young writers between the ages of 16 and 18. It gave us the opportunity to read through hundreds of excellent submissions received from all across the country. Presented here is Taimur Adnan’s submission which was awarded second place in the ...
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Third Place Entry by Noor Shahzad

Earlier this year, we ran a Creative Writing contest for young writers between the ages of 16 and 18. It gave us the opportunity to read through hundreds of excellent submissions received from all across the country. Presented here is Noor Shahzad’s submission which was awarded first place in the ...
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Ten Years of PUAN: Alumni Mark the Occasion at Reunion Ceremonies

  Islamabad Reunion More than 700 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored programs gathered in Islamabad to recognize the contributions of Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) members to their communities and mark the 10-year anniversary of PUAN. Politicians, scholars, journalists, business leaders, and students, all alumni of U.S. government programs, joined together to ...
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USEFP Welcomes New Members to Its Team

  USEFP is happy to announce the addition of four new staff members to its team. Here’s a brief introduction of our new team members: Hassan Nisar graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in May 2017, where he studied liberal arts with a concentration in Art History. He went on to ...
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Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi: Changing the world through art

  On June 23, 2018, Global UGrad alumnus Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi received the coveted Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2018. The award recognizes the achievements of inspiring young leaders from around the Commonwealth for their community service initiatives. Zaidi attended a semester at Humboldt State University, as part of the Global ...
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EducationUSA’s Opportunity Fund promotes inclusivity in education

USEFP understands the correlation between poverty and the availability of quality educational opportunities in Pakistan. As such it is constantly endeavoring to expand its outreach, diversify its student-body profile, and initiate programs that promote inclusivity. One such effort undertaken by EducationUSA this quarter, has been the inclusion of students from ...
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Launch of Fulbright Heroes season two

Chronicling the inspirational journeys of nine Fulbright master’s and PhD alumni, comes the second season of Fulbright Heroes 2017-2018. The short documentary series captures the range of contributions made by Fulbright alumni towards development in Pakistan. The alumni featured in season two have channeled their Fulbright experiences in the U.S. ...
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Re-entry seminar helps Fulbright grantees navigate their return to Pakistan

The annual Fulbright Re-entry and Social Enterprise Seminar was hosted at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) from May 10 to May 13. The three-day seminar was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). ...
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GRE mock test: Opening doors to U.S. higher education

A lot of the individuals interested in applying for the Fulbright scholarship program, initially balk at the thought of taking the GRE General test. To allay their fears and familiarize the Pakistani public with this seemingly daunting test, USEFP conducts GRE mock tests at various public-sector universities across Pakistan. Each ...
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Fulbright alumna strives for an inclusive community for differently abled persons

  On Friday, May 4, 2018, Fulbright alumna Tayyaba Azeem, founder of SpeakUp!, organized a coaching session for Differently Abled Persons (DAP) with the support of USEFP at its Karachi premises. The session was attended by DAPs from different educational backgrounds and interests and facilitated by a fully-trained sign language ...
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Ramzan Speaker Series provides a window into life as a Muslim in the U.S.

USEFP’s Ramzan Speaker Series is one of its more popular events, drawing significant engagement form the community. The event is organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, and features embassy members, Fulbright alumni, and EducationUSA advisers as speakers. This Ramzan the series included a sequence of three talks focusing on ...
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