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
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.