September 7, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Shawnee State University welcomes three new
international students on campus as part of the U.S.
Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange
Program in Pakistan. Joining the Shawnee State
University family are from left, Narjis Fatima, Muhammad
Zohaib Khan and Paras Qadir Memon.
Shawnee State University Welcomes Global UGRAD in
Shawnee State University welcomes three new international
students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan. Joining
the Shawnee State University family are Muhammad Zohaib
Khan, Narjis Fatima and Paras Qadir Memon.
The Global UGRAD in Pakistan program aims to advance youth
leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one
academic term of non-degree undergraduate United States
study to on a highly competitive basis to a diverse group of
emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors of
In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD in
Pakistan fellows perform community service and explore
American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to
America program. While interacting with Americans in the
community and on campus, Global UGRAD in Pakistan fellows
develop a more well-rounded perception of American culture.
They go on to share this understanding of the U.S. with
friends, family, and others in their communities back home.
Global UGRAD in Pakistan fellows are also “ambassadors” for
Pakistan. Many of them are the only representatives of
Pakistan on campus. Their unique perspectives and
backgrounds enrich the learning experience for American
students. Global UGRAD in Pakistan fellows also give
presentations about their country and cultures at local
schools, Rotary Clubs, elderly homes, and other locations,
reaching thousands of Americans each year.
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan is a
program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of
the Department of State and is administered by the
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the
U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and the people of
other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic and
peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational
and Cultural Exchanges Act of 1961.
ECA accomplishes its mission through a range of programs
based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international
educational and cultural exchange, and leadership
development. For more information about ECA exchanges, visit
IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing
leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of
education, strengthen independent media, and foster
pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX
has an annual portfolio of $60 million and a staff of over
500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX
Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting
expertise in more than 100 countries. For more information
about IREX, visit www.irex.org.