US Consul General Catherine Rodriguez urged students to consider studying in the United States at a U.S. government-funded college fair in Lahore on Saturday, September 28.  Hundreds of students attended the event, which included 25 universities from the United States.

The fair is part of Education USA’s annual South Asia Tour, which brings representatives from America to countries throughout south Asia to encourage students to consider educational opportunities in the U.S.

 “Education is vital to building prosperity, and the United States is a leader in the field,” Consul General Rodriguez said.  “Many of these universities offer scholarships to students from around the world.  We welcome more Pakistani students and hope they will take advantage of opportunities to study in the United States.”

 EducationUSA Pakistan is the official source on higher education in the United States and is part of a U.S. Department of State network of over 425 international free-of-charge student advising centers in more than 175 countries.  In Pakistan, Education USA is managed by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States.

The USEFP is one of 50 “Fulbright Commissions” located throughout the world. Since 1951 when the first group of Pakistani grantees traveled to America and in 1952 when the first American grantees visited Pakistan, the USEFP has fostered mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the United States through educational and cultural exchange. More than 5,000 Pakistanis and almost 900 Americans have participated in USEFP administered exchange programs.

The Foundation supervises a variety of programs that send Pakistani students and scholars to American campuses while bringing American scholars to universities in Pakistan. The goal of all USEFP programs is to help Pakistanis learn more about the U.S. and to help Americans learn more about Pakistan and its people. For more information on free educational advising, please visit www.USEFPakistan.org.

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