Pakistani Student to Attend Gannon

Pakistani Student to Attend GannonPosted: January 3, 2012

A Pakistani student will spend a semester studying at Gannon University through the 2011-12 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan.

The student, Myra Sajid, will take business administration courses as a non-degree seeking student during the Spring 2012 semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 9. Sajid, who is a student at Fauji Foundation College, Rawalpindi, will attend Gannon as a fellow.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan, or “Global UGRAD-Pakistan,” is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The program is administered through the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and emphasizes cultural exchange, said Christopher S. Vilevac, associate director of the Global Visitors Program at Gannon University.

For example, Sajid will be required to participate in community service as well as cultural activities that may include those offered to Gannon’s current international students. In addition, she will facilitate several “passport talk-back” sessions designed to allow her to educate others on Pakistan and its history and culture.

The experience allows Global UGRAD-Pakistan fellows such as Sajid to gain exposure to American values like diversity, faith and family, and civic engagement. “Gannon University is very excited and honored to have been chosen as a participant in the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program,” Vilevac said. “We hope to learn as much from Ms. Sajid as she learns from us. It’s a wonderful opportunity to add to the existing diversity of our campus.”

More about the program participants

The Global Visitors Program at Gannon is a new initiative of the University’s International Student Office and is designed to bring groups and individuals to campus for short-term, non-degree study. The program’s objectives include helping participants become more familiar with American culture and the educational system.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international education and training programs.

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) seeks to provide innovative programs designed to promote positive and lasting change globally. The organization has partners in more than 100 countries.

ECA and IREX work in partnership on the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan. As a program of the U.S. Department of State, ECA develops, funds and oversees the program. IREX is a grantee that implements and administers all aspects of the program.