US scholarship pre-departure ceremony held
Islamabad, June 19: Some 52 PhD and 112 Masters level students on Thursday attended their pre-departure orientation ceremony with a renewed commitment to play their role in country's development.
The ceremony was arranged for scholarship-holders leaving for United States under HEC-USAID Fulbright Scholarship Support Programme at Higher Education Commission (HEC) here.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Sector and HEC in charge Shehnaz Wazir Ali congratulating the scholarship holders said they were selected through transparent procedure.
Women, being part of this scholarship programme, will be able to serve as major agents of change through exchanging cultural values and learning new practices, she said.
Young men and women have selected different fields like journalism, culture, archeology, philosophy and social sciences besides science and medical studies.
She said well qualified professionals were required in every field that will help transform the nation and this scholarship programme will produce active and productive citizens of the country.
US Ambassador Anne Patterson said the students leaving for United States under Fulbright scholarship programme would interact with foreign students and exchange cultural values.
They will get an opportunity to learn about other countries by sharing their experiences with other students and professors there, she said.
The Ambassador said the US scholarship programme was aimed to globalise the world by providing students an opportunity to learn cultural values.
United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Executive Director Grace Clarke said the students from all provinces of Pakistan would serve as ambassadors of Pakistan. She said they were representing different public and private institutions.
After completing their studies, they will serve as public administrators and leaders of business community, she said. appYour Comments
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