US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome and Rector of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Javed Mahmood Bukhari inaugurated a new Lincoln Corner at the university.
The US Embassy and NUST representatives on the occasion also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to operate the Lincoln Corner for next two years, an embassy spokesperson said in a statement.
Ambassador Blome, in his remarks, said, “This year marks the 75th anniversary of US-Pakistan bilateral relations. The people-to-people ties between the two countries are our greatest strength.”
“The inauguration of this new Lincoln Corner will continue to strengthen those ties. The US Embassy is proud to partner with educational institutions and the Government of Pakistan to ensure young Pakistanis are prepared to face 21st-century challenges,” he said.
The ambassador also visited the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, originally established with $30 million of the US government’s aid, to highlight the depth and breadth of US cooperation with NUST and all of Pakistan.
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“This partnership signals the US Mission to Pakistan’s commitment to continue advancing education in Pakistan by providing American resources, expertise, and collaboration for students and faculty,” the embassy spokesperson said.
Over the past three decades, the spokesperson added, the United States had collaborated with NUST to invest in a Technology Incubation Center, host speaker series and conferences, and provide almost 200 scholarships. “There are also over 360 US exchange programme alumni affiliated with NUST.”
Representatives from the US Embassy joined NUST leadership, faculty, and students in the inauguration event of the latest Lincoln Corner, one of 18 across Pakistan. By hosting a Lincoln Corner, NUST joined a strong network of partnerships between the US Embassy and Pakistani institutions of education and culture, the spokesperson said.
Lincoln Corners are event spaces and resource centers that connect young leaders with the United States. The Corner will host online and in-person educational programs, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) events.
The state-of-the-art Lincoln Corner at NUST is located in the campus’s Central Library. It includes a maker space equipped with a 3-D printer and virtual reality headsets, a comprehensive book, and magazine collection, resources on pursuing higher education in the United States, digital information resources, and Americana-themed event space.