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AUAF Alumni Recipients of Fulbright Scholarship Attends the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar of Arkansas

On October 2015, American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) graduates and current Fulbright Scholars cohort  of 2015-2016 attended a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Arkansas. It was hosted by J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Spring International Language Center of University of Arkansas, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

 The theme of the conference was Social Movements in the United States. It was an opportunity for Afghan students to come together and share their experience and problems in U.S. They also learned about  Mr. J. William Fulbright and the history of the Fulbright Scholars.

 "We all represented Afghanistan and we each were an ambassador from Afghanistan,"said Yalda Samih " We discussed history, culture, politics and religion and we respected each other’s views and we learned from each other"

 The participantshad a video conference with other Afghan Fulbright alumni now working and holding key positions in governmental and non-governmental institutions in Afghanistan and the U.S. The senior Fulbright scholars shared their experiences from their academic, social, and private life in the U.S. and offered some pieces of advice on how to be successful  while living in the United States.

 Student were grateful to the AUAF for providing them with the world class education in their undergraduate studies and playing a key role in their success.

 "My under graduation studies and experience at AUAF prepared me for my graduate studies in US educational institutions," said Salma Alokozai. " It helped me stand equally educated and prepared beside American students."

 The conference was designed to provide students from different countries  with a concrete understanding of culture, history, and life in the United States. They had the opportunity to interact with a range of expert speakers, and take part in panel discussions and workshops. 

 "We were mainly mentored about history, process, and impacts of social movements in the U.S." said Said Azam. " We also learned about other aspects of American culture through visiting a weekend-farm market or and Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma."

 AUAF's graduates make  a big part of the Fulbright program in Afghanistan. Nearly 60AUAFalumni have received Fulbright scholarship for pursuing Masters level education in the United States since 2012. This year alone  there are 17graduates, who have the honor of being awarded Fulbright scholarships to study in U.S. starting in Fall 2016. 

AUAF Fulbrighters  Salma Alokozai, Bashir Ahmad Baseem, Sayed Mansoor Afzali, Yalda Samih, Ferishta Asmaty, Mohammad Sayed Madadi, Sayed Hussain Yousaf, Naweed Ahmad Nayib, Abdul Ghani Popal, Said Azam, Abdullah Azizi, Sayed Mohsin Sahibzada, Abdul Wahab Saifi, Abdul Shakoor Zeerak, Khwaja Akmal Siddiqi, Wais Ahmadi, and Hossain Qorbani took part in Fulbright Enrichment Seminar and interacted with current graduate students at the University of Arkansas.