Jan-Feb 2011 |  Volume # 5 , Issue # 01-02

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new year reminds us to recap what kept USEFP busy over the  past months. In its 60th year of fostering mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the United States, USEFP sent a record number of participants to the U.S. on 13 separate programs. Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USEFP was privileged to administer the world’s largest Fulbright program for a fifth year, sending more than 140 grantees on the U.S. Department of State's flagship program. Thanks to supplemental funding from the U.S. Embassy, in FY 2010, USEFP was able to send a large number of participants in other programs as well so that in all 376 Pakistani grantees were able to travel to the U.S., more than double the 184 of the previous year, Much of this increase was in programs that cater to non-elites – 100 Global UGrad and 60 Community College students. Several new programs also supported by supplemental funding from the U.S. Embassy were launched in 2010, including summer programs for journalists and civil servants, to be implemented in 2011.

In 2010, we were pleased to be able to host U.S. scholars in Pakistan: two in the Fulbright Scholar Program and several in Fulbright Specialist Program, which enables American scholars to spend from two to six weeks in Pakistan working with host universities. More than 30 Fulbright Specialists have signed up in 2010 to come to Pakistan in 2011.

While grantees’ cultural exchange activities and academic achievements in the U.S. grew, so did the number of alumni returning to Pakistan. A number of alumni activities and events were held, the largest being the 7th Annual Fulbright and Humphrey Alumni Conference held at the end of April on the theme of “60 Years of Achievement through Educational and Cultural Exchange.”

Many events were held for grantees. The grandest was the Pre-Departure Orientation for departing Fulbright degree students held at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, hosted by Prime Minister Syed Raza Gilani, with the Minister of Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission Dr. Javaid Laghari, Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of State Alina Romanowski and U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, among others in attendance.

Educational advising at USEFP kept extending its outreach with in-house and road shows for leading schools and colleges nationwide. New outreach centers were established at the National University of Technology and Science (NUST) in Islamabad and Mehran University in Jamshoro, Sindh. International Education Week (IEW) was celebrated in November by all the three offices -- Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad -- attracting a crowd of more than 700 students nationwide.

Successfully passing all audit and secret shopping tests, USEFP won the Excellence Award for outstanding performance in quality testing by Prometric for the third year in a row. USEFP’s Testing Centers conducted more than 11,000 tests, with Islamabad center registering maximum number of test takers.



Rethinking Water – Dr. Wescoat, MIT expert on Water Resources speaks to alumni and NGO representatives

Fulbright alumni hold preparatory meeting for 8th annual conference

Lahore Chapter elects new President

Pak NAFA members get together at Monal, Peer Sohawa, Islamabad




Fulbright competition for 2012 announced - application deadline May 18, 2011

Excited CCI grantees from Pakistan share their story of meeting with Greg Mortenson

Award winning video of Global UGRAD grantee

US Scholars - who are they and what's keeping them busy in Pakistan?

USEFP holds interviews for 2011 Community College Program

UGRAD grantee‘s video wins competition, posted on IREX official website

Nearly 4000 applications received for Global UGRAD 2012 program
Science beyond borders; education beyond science – Dr. Talat Roome’s research acknowledged
International Center for Journalists holds workshop at USEFP Islamabad for local journalists
UGRAD student exchange program builds knowledge between U.S., Pakistan

Get Set Go - spring 2011 UGRAD grantees engage in cultural exchange activities

Geo TV Voice of America- features UGRAD 2011 Program

Senior English language fellow concludes the training of Pakistani teachers in collaboration with HEC

South Asia Tour - 11 U.S. colleges and universities' representatives to visit Pakistan

GRE preparation classes now available  in Lahore as well as Islamabad

Advisors extend outreach to more than 400 students at G.C. University Lahore’s annual event

Study in U.S. – a comprehensive list of FAQ’s addressing students’ concerns

Parents Corner- Are you worried about sending your kids to U.S. for higher studies?

Look for seven red flags when applying to a for-profit college





Testing center passes secret shopping with flying colors

More than 800 candidates take SAT exam nationwide

It takes two to tango- GRE and TOEFL package discount resumes



Date to Remember – upcoming TOEFL and SAT tests

USEFP resumes GRE registration facility - No more hassle of credit card or online application!

Avail the 50% discount on revised GRE general now!

USEFP introduces new PES exams



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