November 18, 2011Print : Karachi
The International Education and Resource Network (IEARN) Pakistan-Centre, in collaboration with the United States (US) Department of Education, organised the 12th International Education Week (IEW) 2011 at a local hotel on Thursday.
The theme for IEW 2011 is ‘International education: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally’.
In a time of global connectedness, business and culture, any true education for our young people must have a strong international dimension, the chief guest of the event US Consul-General Karachi William Martin said. “Young people have to learn to think globally given the world’s interconnectivity, both technologically and economically. For instance, Steve Jobs was just as big a hero in China as he was in the United States. And now we see how Europe’s economic troubles can affect us all. The world is truly a global village,” he said.
The IEW celebrates the benefits of understanding the world around us so we can better communicate and collaborate with different cultures. It is an opportunity to inspire students to broaden their horizons through global learning, foreign languages and exchanges, he added.
According to Martin, the US government has the largest Fulbright Fellowship Programme as well as a large English Access Programme, which sends hundreds of Pakistanis every year on study experiences at high schools and universities throughout the United States.
Over the next year, we would be partnering with the United States Educational Foundation Pakistan to reach out to even more young people and spread the word that America welcomes Pakistani students to our college and university campuses, he announced.
“We believe that, getting to know each other personally, and seeing each other’s cultures up close, we can foster better understanding, more tolerance and closer friendship. And it is the young people who will make that happen. We hope to encourage more young Pakistanis to bring their ideas, knowledge, culture and perspective to enrich our institutions of learning,” he said.