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Frequently asked questions

What does the British Council do in management?

The British Council aims to win friends for Britain through promoting British excellence across different sectors. The British Council recognises that the practice of management and management development and education is one of the UK's strengths. We seek to promote British excellence in management through:

Where can I get information about MBA courses in the UK?

The ABS Directory of Business Schools 96/7: Postgraduate Courses, J Slack, Heineman, January 1997, £19.99 ISBN 0-7506-2947Nj

The Association of MBAs Guide to Business Schools, The Association of MBAs, Pitman, May 1996, £25, ISBN 0-273-62306-0

Which MBA?, George Bickerstaffe, Ad-Wes Long Hi Ed, September 1996, £24.95, ISBN 0-201-41997-1

Research and Training Directory UK Higher Education expertise: Business and Management, September 1996,

The British Council in your country will have prospectuses for UK universities and reference books. See also the Education Information Service site (link).

Who do I approach about British Council funding?

You should approach the British Council in the country concerned. Budgets for most British Council activities and for scholarships and training awards are managed by the country office and not headquarters in the UK.

Where does the British Council's funding come from for work in management?

Approximately one-third of the Council's turnover comes from a grant from the British Government. The grant comes partly from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Diplomatic Wing) and partly from the Overseas Development Administration. The Council is accountable for spending this grant overseas in line with the FCO and DFID's priorities.

The Council uses its grant to fund small-scale projects, often forging long term partnerships between individuals and organisations in Britain and overseas. Projects in management further both FCO and DFID objectives especially in good government (when working in the public sector) and economic reform/enhancing productive capacity (when working with private sector managers or small business development).

Approx forty per cent of the Council's turnover is not British Council funds but money spent on behalf of clients who have contracted the Council to manage specific projects and programmes. These may be scholarship programmes eg aimed at high-flyers of the future, often including young managers, or managing development projects eg in civil service reform and capacity building in developing countries.

For both its grant-funded projects and projects managed on behalf of funding agencies, the Council provides project management services and contracts British and local trainers, consultants and experts to deliver the professional inputs required eg training courses or consultancy assignments.

The remainder of the Council's turnover is revenue, ie money earned from providing services to clients and customers. This includes income earned from teaching English, the administration of British examinations and library membership fees.






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