Sixty students gathered today at the Serena Hotel to kick off their pre-departure orientation for a year of study at U.S. community colleges. This is the sixth group of Pakistani students to study in the United States under the U.S. Community College Initiative Program.
"I am excited to see these outstanding students from every province in Pakistan go to the United States," said Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, spouse of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter. "They will be studying in U.S. schools, learning new skills and becoming part of their local communities. They will have the opportunity to show everyday Americans the true face of Pakistan, and learn about Americans beyond the distorted stereotypes in the media."
The Community College Initiative Program is a one-year, non-degree scholarship program that provides opportunities for Pakistani young professionals to develop leadership, professional skills and English language proficiency, while studying at a community college in the United States. Participants study agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, nursing, media, or tourism and hospitality management.
The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan administers the largest educational and cultural programs of any U.S. Embassy in the world. More than 8,000 Pakistanis have participated in fully-funded academic or professional development programs in the United States. Five-thousand Pakistani youth currently are enrolled in U.S. government-funded English language programs in Pakistan These programs manifest the sincere interest of the United States to build partnership with and a bright future for the people of Pakistan.