SSU welcomes two new Global UGRAD-Pakistan students

Staff Report

Shawnee State University welcomes two new international students from the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD – Pakistan).

The two new students joining the SSU family are Zeeshan and Muhammad Saqib.

The objectives of the Global UGRAD – Pakistan program is to give international students the opportunity to develop a firsthand experience of U.S. values and exposure to U.S. culture, which allows for developmental leadership opportunities by effectively becoming citizen ‘ambassadors’ to increase diplomatic and developmental partnerships.

In addition to their academic studies, students will participate in performing community service and explore American traditions through the unique digital Cultural Passport to America program. This provides them with a framework for comprehensively exploring various aspects of American culture broadly and systematically.

Upon returning to their hometowns, Zeeshan and Muhammad will give presentations at local schools, Rotary clubs, elderly homes and other locations, about their experience and perspective regarding what they have learned about U.S. culture and values.

The Global UGRAD – Pakistan is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). The goal is to foster mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development.

Staff Report