USEFP, HEC sign MoU to fund an additional 25 PhDs from Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

In a step towards expanding the US-Pakistan educational cooperation, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support 125 Pakistanis to pursue PhD studies in the United States, 25 per year for five years.

The MoU extended an agreement that funded 125 Fulbright-HEC PhD scholarships between 2016 and 2020.

Acting HEC Chairman Dr Shaista Sohail and the USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar signed the MoU, through which the Government of Pakistan will contribute US$ 5 million per year to the Fulbright-HEC PhD Programme.

“This MoU provides funding for 125 exceptional Pakistanis to complete PhD programmes at some of the best universities in the United States,” explained USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar.

According to US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Les Viguerie, “The US-Pakistan education partnership is among the best in the world, and the United States values the Pakistani students who enrich American campuses across our country.”

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