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Ambassador Olson Highlights United States commitment to education in Pakistan

Islamabad, November 07, 2012 (PPI-OT): U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson underscored the United States’ strong commitment to advancing education in Pakistan in his closing remarks today at the 14th Annual American Studies Conference organized by Quaid-i-Azam University.

“Unlocking Pakistan’s potential by improving education is one of our top assistance priorities,” said Ambassador Olson in closing the Conference. “Many of our programs focus on young learners – we are helping 3.2 million children learn to read and building training facilities for teachers at 16 Pakistani universities, but we are also deeply involved in increasing access to higher education.

We are proud to operate the world’s largest Fulbright exchange program in Pakistan, providing a world-class U.S. education to some of your best and brightest. But we are also proud that we are providing university scholarships for more than 12,000 students to study near home right here in Pakistan.”

The annual American Studies Conference, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, brings together professors and students to foster greater understanding of the U.S. in Pakistan using an interdisciplinary approach. While at the conference, Ambassador Olson also announced the launching of a university partnership between Ball State University and Quaid-i-Azam University.

This partnership will foster academic exchange, joint research, and curriculum development in American Studies. This is the second of eight planned partnerships between Pakistani and U.S. universities that the United States will fund. The first university partnership was signed on August 29, 2012, between Fatima Jinnah Women’s University and the University of Texas at Austin.

“America sincerely wants to see a strong, vibrant, Pakistan, because what is good for Pakistan is what is good for the region, the world, and by definition, the United States. Education is the key to that” concluded Olson. “Together, we are carrying out comprehensive education programs that help millions of Pakistan’s children and young people rise as far as their hard work and initiative will take them.”

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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