ISLAMABAD: U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson on Thursday highlighted the importance of U.S.-Pakistan collaboration in higher education during a farewell ceremony held in his honor at Preston University here in Islamabad, jointly hosted by the Archaeological and Historical Association of Pakistan and Preston University.
Senior-level Pakistani government officials, including Chairman, National Commission for Human Rights, Ali Nawaz Chowhan, representatives from civil society, foreign diplomats, and students and faculty from the university attended the event, showcasing the history of cooperation in education.
“Education is the foundation of economic development, political stability, and personal self-fulfillment, and so it is naturally a main pillar of the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship,” Ambassador Olson said as he reflected on his interactions with young people during his three-year tenure in Pakistan.
He highlighted the long-standing educational partnership between the United States and Pakistan, which has resulted in one of the world’s most vibrant academic and professional exchange programs.
Each year, more than 1,300 Pakistanis travel to the United States for academic and professional exchange programs. In addition to Master’s and PhD programs, other U.S. government academic exchanges support study at high schools, universities, and community colleges in the United States.
In June of this year, the United States and Pakistan launched the Education, Science, and Technology Working Group, the newest of six working groups under the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.