Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) is an association of U.S. exchange alumni who are committed to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan and comprise of current and former Pakistani participants of U.S. federal government-sponsored exchange programs.
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NEC 2018: A Focus on Transformation

NEC 2018: A Focus on Transformation
Impressed by the vibrancy of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), Khayam M. Beg led the leadership of the PUAN Gilgit Chapter and voyaged for almost 20 hours amidst the intense weather on ragged roads to arrive in Islamabad for the eighth annual meeting of the PUAN National Executive Committee (NEC). ...
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First Person: My Impressions of a Never-Ending Journey

First Person: My Impressions of a Never-Ending Journey
The following is a heartfelt post by Fulbright alumna, Amna Yameen, describing her journey as a Pakistani, Muslim student in the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship. She returned in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.  Love. That is the first word ...
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Stories of Hope, Courage and Diversity

Stories of Hope, Courage and Diversity
From a young age, Naveed Hameed, confronted numerous instances where he suffered from discrimination simply because he belonged from a different background than those around him. This instances ensured his believe in hope and made him realize how it felt to be discriminated. Soon after, Naveed learned that discrimination was not just ...
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Spring 2018 Alumni Small Grants: Community Development Initiatives

Spring 2018 Alumni Small Grants: Community Development Initiatives
  Program Overview: Community Development Initiatives (CDI) provide small grant opportunities for Global UGRAD-Pakistan alumni to utilize the leadership skills they developed during their program in the United States to create and implement projects that address a need in their local communities. This small grant provides an opportunity for alumni ...
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“Gender-based violence has no place in society” – Ambassador Hale

“Gender-based violence has no place in society” – Ambassador Hale
The following op-ed is written by the United States Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale, and was published in English in The Nation on December 10, 2017.   Each year, we observe 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV). Established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, this campaign offers a global platform ...
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Turbat to America: Shazia’s Unforgettable Journey

Turbat to America: Shazia’s Unforgettable Journey
Shazia Akhter Baloch is a Human Rights Activist and a Teacher from Turbat, Balochistan. She participated in the Teaching Excellence and Achievements (TEA) program through which she visited the United States. The following is her story as an exchange participant in the United States where she experienced a completely new ...
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TechWomen: Inside my Journey to Silicon Valley

TechWomen: Inside my Journey to Silicon Valley
The following is a heartfelt post by Zahra Andleeb, describing her journey as a Pakistani, Muslim participant in the United States for the TechWomen 2017. Zahra was a part of the first-ever cohort to represent Pakistan at Tech Women.   It all started with the email, “Congratulations! You have been ...
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Transforming Young Minds, Creating Future Leaders

Transforming Young Minds, Creating Future Leaders
Technological innovations and digital evolutions are transforming the world as we know it. It is now more than evident that the future economy will demand a generation of professionals which is ready to tackle novel and unprecedented issues. Keeping this in mind, there is growing need to swiftly shift towards ...
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Nepal Diaries: Journey to the world’s rooftop

Nepal Diaries: Journey to the world’s rooftop
The following story is penned by the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program alumna, Aruba Binte Khalid, narrating her experience as a Pakistani participant for the Everest International Model United Nations (EIMUN) 2016 in Nepal under the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network’s regional travel grant. She, as a part of 8-member-team, ...
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