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What are we doing in Burma?
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There are still today many links between the Burmese and British people which did not suddenly cease when Burma gained its independence in 1948. Burma is a large country and our purpose here is to enhance Britain's reputation as a valued partner, especially in education.

Click here for a more detailed mapSpecifically, we promote British examinations (more than 20,000 were taken in 2000 to 2001). We run libraries in Rangoon and Mandalay, promote educational opportunities in the UK, facilitate distance learning, teach English (over 9,000 class hours in 1998 and 1999), help to train English teachers and offer bursaries to enable eligible students to learn English.

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With a total area of 677,000 square kilometres, Burma is twice the size of Vietnam and about the same size as the United Kingdom and France combined. It is the largest country in the south-east Asian peninsula, sharing borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, Thailand, and with the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

It has a population of almost 43 million, with nearly 5 million living in the capital, Rangoon (Yangon). The second city is Mandalay. Eighty per cent of the population is Buddhist.

English was, in colonial times, the second language and it still is the official language of instruction in universities and schools. Relatively few younger Burmese can speak it today, but increasing numbers are taking private English tuition in an effort to qualify themselves for work in an increasingly international world.

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