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Olson tells students to work hard to make Pakistan a better place

Islamabad, January 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson met today with more than 100 students who have studied in the United States and encouraged them to work hard to make Pakistan a better place.

“Education is the key to future prosperity and economic growth,” said Ambassador Olson. “I’m proud that my country has had a role in your education and helped your country, one student at a time,” he told 100 alumni of the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) exchange program.

The SUSI program sends students from all regions of Pakistan and a variety of backgrounds to the United States for six weeks to study at a U.S. university. During the reunion, participants discussed their experiences in the United States and how they used what they learned and made plans to develop service projects in their hometowns in Pakistan.

“Your country needs you. Devote your time and energy to making Pakistan the country you want it to be,” Ambassador Olson said. “We will continue to support you.” The Ambassador encouraged the students to apply for funding from the U.S. Small Grants program, which awards grants to individuals with promising proposals aimed at improving their communities in Pakistan.

He also encouraged the students to remain engaged in their alumni networks, through which they can organize community service projects, plan social activities, and benefit from professional development opportunities.

Since 2005, the U.S. Embassy has sent over 100 Pakistani university students from a wide range of backgrounds and locations to the United States to attend the SUSI program. This summer, 32 more students will attend this program. Through SUSI, students gain skills to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities, receive leadership training, and participate in community service projects while in the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan sponsors the largest U.S. exchange program in the world, with over 1,000 students and professionals traveling to the United States each year. More than 10,600 low-income students attend college in Pakistan with the support of U.S.-funded scholarships. In cooperation with the Government of Pakistan, the United States is also helping to establish Centers for Advanced Studies at Pakistani universities focused on energy, water, and agriculture. To learn more about U.S.-funded initiatives to help millions of Pakistani young people unlock their full potential, see: http://goo.gl/auHXF.

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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