More than 200 alumni of U.S. academic and professional development exchange programs gathered on Thursday, May 26 at the Islamabad Club to celebrate the first anniversary of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network's Islamabad Chapter.
"I am heartened that your good experiences in our country -- whether decades ago or only last year -- bring you together as a community, as a group motivated to do good in Pakistan. We admire you and your work," said Ambassador Richard Hoagland, Deputy Chief of the United States Mission to Pakistan.
The Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network, established in 2010, has chapters in every province in Pakistan, including AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. Inspired by their experiences in the United States, the alumni help make their communities a better place and bring the people of the United States and Pakistan closer together. Alumni have organized leadership workshops for youth, developed children's theater festivals, helped train women entrepreneurs, and created environmental awareness programs for schools, among other projects.
The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan administers the largest educational and cultural program 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 young people are currently 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.