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The British Council connects people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries. We are the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations and are represented in 110 countries worldwide.

In 2002-2003 alone just some of our activities included dealing with 2 million enquiries and welcoming 7 million visitors in our libraries and information centres, administering over 1 million professional and academic examinations, as well as helping more than 15,000 young people take part in international projects.

The British Council was founded in 1934. Visit our history site to discover how our mission has evolved since then, and find out about Equal Opportunities and Diversity in the British Council, our governance and status, as well as funding. Meet some of our people. Read British Council Annual Report.
Our strategic objectives focus on the themes of Learning, Creativity and Society.
Our strategic direction is set by our Board of Trustees, which is managed by a Senior Management Team led by Director General David Green. Our funding is a mixture of a grant-in-aid from the UK government and revenue from paid services, all of which contribute to our broader cultural relations objectives.
"The British Council has succeeded in forging strong partnerships to bring knowledge and ideas to some of the most impoverished areas and peoples of the world." James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank Group

Don't take our word for it. Read about how the partnerships and cultural exchanges we have supported have had a major impact on people's lives and their communities. Meet our Board of Trustees.
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EDUCATION UK LearnEnglish Human rights network

Be the best you can be through Education in the UK.

Complete online help for English learners at all levels.

A news, information and networking tool for the global human rights community.

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Recognition for groundbreaking UK-based English Language Teaching.


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