U.S. Supports Higher Education in Pakistan

Posted by Rick Snelsire
May 12, 2010
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About the Author: Rick Snelsire serves as Spokesperson for U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

In a ceremony held today in Islamabad, U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, announced that the U.S. government has provided $45 million to support public university education in areas of the country affected by militant conflict.

The grant funds, provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will assist 28 public universities, and cover the costs of one year's university fee waivers for over 7,000 students from families that have been internally displaced.

"We consider this contribution to be a valuable investment in Pakistan's future," Ambassador Patterson said during the ceremony. "A nation's development depends on strong leadership and entrepreneurship, and the ability of public sector institutions of higher education to use new technology and innovative ways of doing business."

The grant complements a $85 million cash grant to the Benazir Income Support Program made in February 2010, and a $44 million contribution to assist in resettling displaced populations in November 2009. The total $174 million donation makes good on a U.S. pledge of budget support to Pakistan at the Tokyo conference in 2009.



Maryland, USA
May 12, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I think this support is a Great Investment in the People of Pakistan.

It's also a nice thing too do...:)

United States
May 13, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

I'm wondering if it might be cheaper to hook Pakistani universities up with American universities through inexpensive, online courses. This way higher education would be within reach to the entire nation. Education should be cheap and globally marketed like McDonald's. If people start to innovate and use their knowledge a lot of the extremism might dissipate.

Maryland, USA
June 16, 2010

Dr. S. in Maryland writes:

I received my Pre Med education at Edwardes College in 1962. The college provided excellent education under the guidance of Dr. Edmunds. At that time Peshawar was a very serene city. I am sure this type of investment will help in getting rid of fanaticism.


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