U.S.- Pakistan Global Leadership and STEM Program

Participants meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Meridian custom-tailored the U.S.-Pakistan Global Leadership and STEM Program’s curriculum to blend the study of global leadership with an immersive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education immersion component. Two Pakistani high school teachers and a military liaison accompanied the students, as they attended a five-day Nanodiscovery Institute facilitated by CNSE professors and faculty in Albany, New York. They also created business plans as part of a Nanoeconomics course designed by CNSE staff members, and they participated in nanotechnology career briefings.

While in Washington, D.C., the students had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry. They also engaged in a global leadership skills training program and attended a special luncheon meeting hosted by Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani. In New York, the boys met with Brigadier General John Thomson, Commandant of West Point, with a view to learning about the principles and importance of military leadership.

To further encourage cross-cultural understanding, the visiting students from the Peshawar Army Public School were joined by four American high school students with similar academic interests. In today’s globalized world, the relationships these boys formed will create stronger diplomatic ties between our two countries.

Goals and Objectives

  • Learn leadership skills for cross-cultural communication;
  • Engage in formal and informal discussions with experts and officials in governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to explore technology sectors and careers;
  • Participate in cultural activities in Washington, D.C.; Albany, New York; and New York City to explore the U.S. – Pakistan relationship.




U.S. Department of State

Project summary

U.S.- Pakistan Global Leadership and STEM Program | August 2015
Number of Visitors: 12
Regions: South and Central Asia
Countries: Pakistan
Impact Areas: Science and Technology, Education
Program Areas: Global Leadership
Partners: Diplomatic Corps