The Public Diplomacy team at U.S. Consulate Lahore aims to strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Punjab. Lahore is Pakistan’s second-largest media hub with a vibrant arts, culture, and music scene. The press team at Consulate Lahore engages with journalists, issues press releases, and conducts media training programs. To stay connected with the Consulate on social media, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Pakistan has one of the largest alumni networks in the world with over 25,000 members. The Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) chapters in Punjab are based out of Lahore, Bahawalpur, and Multan. In addition to our robust alumni network, US Consulate Lahore also manages five Lincoln Corner chapters in Vehari, Multan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, and Lahore.
We also have a range of public diplomacy programs and grants in the following areas:
Our biggest public diplomacy investment at Consulate Lahore is our University Partnerships program. Over the past five years, we have connected five major universities in Punjab with counterparts in the U.S. These partnerships support exchanges visits, curriculum development and joint research projects.
English Language Training:
Our next largest investment is the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access)which provides a foundation of English language skills to high school students from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Started in 2004, there are approximately 4,000 alumni from Multan, Lahore, Sargodha, and Faisalabad.
Punjab is a region rich in cultural heritage sites. Through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, we are proud to have restored the Wazir Khan chowk in partnership with the Agha Khan Cultural Trust and the Walled City Authority of Lahore. We have also invested in the restoration of over a dozen archeological sites throughout Punjab, including Multan, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Uch Sharif, and Bahawalpur.
Exchange Programs to the United States:
In the last 5 years, U.S. Consulate Lahore has sent nearly 500 Pakistani youth and professionals on a range of U.S. Department of State exchange programs. Pakistan also has one of the largest Binational Fulbright programs in the world.
To promote linkages between Pakistani and American entrepreneurs, the U.S. Department of State recently funded a two-way exchange program between the cities of Austin and Lahore. This program convened tech startup founders, investors, and government officials to share best practices and investment opportunities. As a result of the ATX-PAK Launch Entrepreneurship program, over 70% of the Pakistani startups who participated in the program received seed funding and an Austin-based fund (1839 Ventures) announced its intention to create a $20 million fund to support Pakistani entrepreneurs.