U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides met yesterday with outstanding alumni of U.S.-sponsored academic exchange programs in Islamabad, Pakistan. At the event, hosted by the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan, Deputy Secretary Nides spoke with alumni of Fulbright programs and the Community College Initiative.
The alumni recounted their positive experiences in the United States and also gave their opinions about the overall U.S.-Pakistani relationship. They shared ideas on how Americans and Pakistanis can deepen mutual understanding, agreeing that more needed to be done on both sides.
"To see so many impressive Pakistani young people -- each of you an incredibly talented representatives of this great nation's bright future -- is inspiring," said Deputy Secretary Nides. "To think that my country has had some role in advancing your education and helping your nation's prospects makes me feel very good. You are the real deal of Pakistan, the future, and I can see the future is in good hands.""My experience and education in the United States changed my life!" said Robina Qadeem Khan, alumna of the 2008 Community College Initiative. "I was happy to have the chance to talk to such a high-level American official as Mr. Nides. We all need to work together to be sure that the real partnership between our countries is understood here in Pakistan."
The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan runs the largest U.S. government educational and cultural exchange program anywhere in the world. More than 500 Pakistani students currently study at universities in the United States under the sponsorship of the U.S. government. For more information on U.S. government-sponsored academic exchange programs, contact the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan.