The State University of New York at Plattsburgh has welcomed a new student as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan.
Durrashawar Mahmood joined the student body through the program, nicknamed “Global UGRAD-Pakistan.” The program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding as it provides one academic term of non-degree, undergraduate, U.S. study to a diverse group of emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors of Pakistan.
In addition to her academic studies, Mahmood is expected to take part in community service efforts and explore American traditions through the Cultural Passport to America program. The program is designed so that students will develop a well-rounded perception of American culture and share this understanding with friends, family and others back home.
The fellows are also “ambassadors” for Pakistan. Many of them are the only representative of Pakistan on their various campuses. In addition, fellows give presentations about their country and cultures at local schools, Rotary clubs and other locations, reaching thousands of Americans each year.
UGRAD-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.