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U.S. Embassy Promotes Higher Educational Opportunities in America

Islamabad, November 16, 2011 – The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad hosted a Window on America: an Educational and Cultural Exhibition culminating with the 12th annual International Education Week (IEW) college fair featuring Embassy officials encouraging Pakistani students to consider a U.S. college/university for their higher education options. Collaborating with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to celebrate the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world. This year’s theme is International Education: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally.

International Education Week promotes the United States as the destination of choice for serious Pakistani students looking to further their academic and research skills at some of the world’s finest universities. U.S. universities and colleges enjoy pre-eminence throughout the world, notably in science and technology. A record number of international students enrolled at colleges and universities in the U.S. during the 2010-11 academic year, an increase of 5% to 723,277 from the previous year. Last year 5,045 Pakistani students were studying in the United States.

“In today’s global economy, it is essential that professionals in all fields have a knowledge and understanding not just of facts and figures, but also of foreign cultures and societies,” said Thomas Miller, Mission Director of Communication at the U.S. Embassy. “Academic opportunity is only one reason to consider studying in the United States. When students from different countries and cultural backgrounds sit together in classrooms, whether in the United States or abroad, they exchange new ideas, break down stereotypes, gain knowledge of each other and their differing cultures, and make connections that last a lifetime. This is a wonderful way to bridge the differences between people, encourage peace and understanding, and build a stronger world economy.”

International Education Week is an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.