US consulate holds International Education Week

KARACHI:November 13:In order to guide Pakistani students regarding universities in the United States, the US Consulate in Karachi is holding an International Education Week (IEW) at Avari Hotel till November 18.

This is an initiative of the US Department of State on behalf of Education, USA at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). The international education exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange programmes. The theme for this year’s IEW is ‘Youth Empowerment in International Education’ and the IEW aims to reach out to students, parents, and counselors.

The purpose of holding such international education fairs, according to Education USA manager Umair Khan, is to inform local students how to secure proper funding for education in the US. With such fairs, he said, students get an idea about the culture and experience of studying in the US. At the exhibition, he said that there were no educational representatives but Pakistani alumni of US colleges were present to share their experiences of studying abroad as well as other helpful information. The exhibition, which is held every year, has been very fruitful, according to Khan, as there has been a 14.7% increase in the number of Pakistani students studying in the US.

Between 2014 and 2015, he said that 5,354 Pakistani students were studying in the US but in between 2015 and 2016, 6,141 Pakistani students went to study in the US. This is the highest increase in the number of Pakistani students in the US in past five years, he explained.

US Consulate public affairs officer John Warner told the media that they want to give information to Pakistani students who are interested in applying to the US.

With such exhibitions, he said Pakistani students would get to know what it is like living in the US and what it takes to study there in terms of finance and visas. On a question regarding financial assistance, he said that American universities frequently provide full or partial scholarships to students.Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2016.