'13,000 Nepali students enrolled in US universities in 2019'

Published On: February 1, 2020 12:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: US ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry hoped that Nepali students currently studying in the United would contribute to a more stable, secure and prosperous Nepal.

"There are over 13,000 Nepali students enrolled in the US in 2019 and we are looking forward to a new generation of young people contributing to the ever-growing network of people-to-people ties between the United States and Nepal.”  Berry said, addressing a function organized by the United States Education Foundation (USEF) on Friday.

He also said that the US currently hosts 1.1 million international students in its universities. Highlighting the importance of educational exchanges for both Nepali and American students, Berry added, “We hope these students receive an outstanding education and return to contribute to a more stable, secure, and prosperous Nepal.”

The USEF-Nepal/Fulbright Commission has moved to a new location in Maharajgunj from Gyaneshwar, where it was located for 20 years.  

During the event, Education USA Nepal launched a new booklet and mobile application, which the USEF said will help Nepali students get accurate information about study in the United States.

On the occasion, joint secretary at the Ministry of Education, Ram Saran Sapkota said educational exchanges add value to the bilateral ties of the two nations.

"Nepal and US boosts excellent bilateral relations and this is growing every year,” Sapkota said.

In 1961 the Fulbright Commission was established after an agreement between the governments of the US and Nepal to administer educational exchange programs in Nepal.  Since 1961, nearly 700 Nepalis have gone to the US and around 600 Americans have come to Nepal under programs administered by the Fulbright Commission.

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