USEFP organized 4th Annual South Asia Tour in Pakistan

The Executive Director of USEFP, Rita Akhtar has said that the motive behind organizing The South Asia Tour is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the United States through educational and cultural exchange, adding the tour is one of many platforms The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan offers to help Pakistani students get connected to U.S. colleges and universities.

On the occasion, U.S Embassy Deputy Cultural Affairs Attaché Judith Ravin stated the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan runs the U.S. Government’s largest educational and cultural exchange program in the world. Programs such as the Fulbright and Global Undergraduate Exchange scholarship, professional and youth exchanges, and English Access Microscholarships are important components of the U.S. Government’s commitment to provide educational opportunities for Pakistani students, increase people-to-people ties, and build a partnership with Pakistan based on mutual trust and respect.

Rita was expressing her views on the 4th Annual South Asia Tour in Pakistan which was organized by USEFP and EducationUSA, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, on Friday. Besides U.S Embassy Deputy Cultural Affairs Attaché Judith Ravin, the guests of honors invited were Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer Robert Raines and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Alexis L. Sullivan. A large number of Pakistani students was present on the occasion.

Photo_USEFP_April11-2014The Executive Director USEFP informed that American universities are very much interested in having Pakistani students on their campuses and this year’s delegation included representatives from New York University, Savannah College, Hiram College, University of Kentucky, Valparaiso University, and University of Northern Iowa.

She was of the view that for the U.S. representatives, the tour provided an excellent platform to promote their programs to interested audiences throughout Pakistan, including hundreds of students, guidance counselors, headmasters, faculty, principals, and other administrative contacts in each city.

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