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For more than 60 years, over 44,000 Pakistanis have participated in U.S. Government sponsored exchange programs to enhance people-to-people ties between Pakistan and the United States.  Upon their return to Pakistan, U.S. exchange alumni make significant contributions to Pakistani society through government service, business leadership, and contributions to academia, arts, culture, and civil society. The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, and the U.S. Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar are committed to supporting alumni initiatives in Pakistan that allow alumni to share their exchange experiences, and promote positive U.S.-Pakistan ties, with their own communities.

In 2008, U.S. Embassy Islamabad launched the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), an association of our exchange alumni who are committed to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan though community service, conferences, mentoring, and outreach to future exchange participants.  All current and former Pakistani participants of U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs are eligible to become members of PUAN.

The network is jointly administered by the U.S. Mission to Pakistan and the United States Educational Foundational in Pakistan (USEFP).  PUAN is one of the largest and most active exchange alumni networks in the world, with over 44,000 eligible members and 14 regional chapters throughout Pakistan.  Active alumni chapters are located in the following cities/regions:

  • Baltistan
  • Central Punjab
  • Gilgit
  • Gwadar
  • Islamabad
  • Jamshoro
  • Karachi
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
  • North Azad Jammu and Kashmir
  • North Punjab
  • Quetta
  • South Azad Jammu and Kashmir
  • South Punjab
  • Sukkur

Through PUAN, registered members are able to apply for Alumni Small Grants (ASGs) to promote community development; enhance their professional skills through five-day residential Master Classes; participate in thematic national and international conferences; join the annual National Internship Program as mentors or interns; apply for regional travel to Nepal for Model United Nations; join interest groups of senior experts on Trafficking in Persons, Public Health, and Environment and Energy; and much more. Learn more about PUAN by visiting: https://puan.pk/.

PUAN members are also part of a global network of exchange alumni.  For more information, please visit https://alumni.state.gov.