U.S. Exchange Program Alumni Honored for Contributions to Local Communities

Alumni Organization Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
Islamabad, October 22, 2016 — More than 700 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs gathered in Islamabad to recognize the extensive contributions members of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) have made to their communities and the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.  The sixth annual reunion of the PUAN Islamabad-Rawalpindi Chapter brought together politicians, parliamentarians, scholars, journalists, businessmen, and students – all of whom are alumni of U.S. exchange programs – to share their experiences and renew their commitment to strengthening ties between the United States and Pakistan.  PUAN alumni have led dozens of community service activities in the Islamabad area in the past year, taking active roles in the fields of education, leadership development, counter-narcotics, and women’s empowerment. 

 U.S. Mission Pakistan’s Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Pratt thanked the exchange alumni for their dedication to a strong U.S.-Pakistan relationship.  “It was great to see that PUAN leadership organized a job fair in this year’s reunion program.  There are some noted multinational corporations and local organizations here today who can perhaps provide an opportunity for alumni to excel professionally.”  He also acknowledged PUAN’s extensive community service programs and distinguished alumni who made significant contributions to Pakistan.   

 PUAN President of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Haseeb Kiyani, encouraged participants to volunteer for the network’s philanthropic activities to spread the knowledge they gained in the United States throughout Pakistan.  The network also recognized several prominent alumni and volunteer mentors who have given back to their communities with Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader awards.

 The U.S. government invests more than $40 million annually on exchange programs for Pakistani citizens to visit and study in the United States.  Over 1,200 Pakistanis participate each year in high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional U.S.-sponsored exchanges.

 Pakistan has one of the largest U.S.-alumni communities in the world, with more than 19,000 students and professionals who have participated in U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.  PUAN organizes events across Pakistan through 12 regional chapters, including community service projects, leadership training, roundtable discussions, and community engagement activities. 

 Learn more about PUAN at   http://www.facebook.com/pakalumni.

Contact: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (051-208-2911, 051-208-1136)