U.S. Consul General Peshawar William Martin and the Director of the Institute of Management Sciences (IM Sciences) Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to upgrade the status of an existing Reading Lounge to “Lincoln Corner,” in a ceremony here today. The Reading Lounge was established in the institute’s central library in December 2014. Earlier this year the corner was renovated, adding additional space and equipment. New IPADs, laptops, a children’s activity space, and additional print and digital resources are available.
Created through a partnership between the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar and IM Sciences, the Lincoln Corner Peshawar is one of 17 American Spaces in Pakistan. These spaces provide access to information in the form of books, DVDs, and online resources. Like other spaces, the Lincoln Corner IMSciences will host programs, both virtually and in person, to foster dialogue and engagement with the local population on topics of mutual interest to the United States and Pakistan.
On this occasion, Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan said, “The upgrading of the status of Reading Lounge to Lincoln Corner demonstrates the strong partnership between IM Sciences and the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar and their commitment in facilitating students in various projects including the Lincoln Corner. We hope the students will benefit from the facility for years to come.”
Consul General William Martin said, “Lincoln Corners play a crucial role in fostering greater mutual understanding between our two countries. More than a library, a Lincoln Corner is a community space that will enable the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar to interact more regularly and with much greater effect.”
The Corner is open to university students, teachers, and their visitors, and will provide information about American history, society, and culture, plus information for Pakistani students about study opportunities in the United States. The U.S. Consulate in Peshawar has previously partnered with IM Sciences on the English Language Microscholarship Access program, the university linkages program, and USAID’s scholarship programs.