British Council Organisation
The British Council’s work in developing countries helps people and societies achieve positive and sustainable change.
We have a presence on the ground in over 100 countries worldwide, including fragile states. Our longstanding experience of project management in developing countries enables us to help people and societies work towards achieving lasting impact.
Find out more about our work in developing countries by selecting the regions below.
Looking for a particular international development sector? Find out about the sectors in which we work.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations.
We work in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the Arts, Education and Society. We believe these are the most effective means of engaging with others, and we have been doing this work since 1934.
Our work in English aims to bring high quality language materials to every learner and teacher who wants them. In developing and post-conflict countries we teach English and train teachers through radio, web and TV broadcasts. We offer over three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.
Our work in Education and Society helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities. We encourage international students to come and study in the UK, and British students to experience life abroad. We bring schools around the world together so young people and teachers from different countries can share with and learn from each other.
Our work in the Arts involves the very best British and international artistic talent. We help increase audiences for international work in the UK and for UK work globally. We bring artists together and support the development of skills and policy in the arts and creative industries. Through this work we ensure that culture in its broadest sense plays a vital role in connecting with and understanding each other.
In these ways, the British Council builds links between UK people and institutions and those around the world, helping to create trust and lay foundations for prosperity and security around the world.
Read more about our work in our Annual Reports.
Education Intelligence is a specialist research team within the British Council's global education offer.
We have a global footprint and our core team of research specialists work closely with our network of education sector experts around the world.
We provide access to extensive primary and secondary data on over 200 countries and territories as well as detailed country reports on more than 40 markets in which internationalisation of education is a national strategic objective.
- College - University Education
- Education Marketing
- International Education
- Learning Centres
- Quality Assurance
- Student Mobility
- Teaching and Learning
- University Business
Education Around The World Infographic
- Ever wonder which regions around the world perform best when it comes to education?
- Who has the highest enrollment rates for specific ages and who has the highest number of college graduates globally?
- How are college enrollment figures broken down?
Trade and globalization have lead to an extremely competitive economic environment between countries. Some countries will hold advantages over others with education a critical feature in determining how well these countries perform. Well trained, educated workers tend be better paid as their productivity is more likely to be greater.
UNESCO have gathered statistics which are presented in a quick and easy manner on the infographic provided. It covers the ages of 2 and under to students over 40 and older. Korea has the highest enrollment rate for children age 2 or under and Australia & New Zealand have the highest enrollment rate for students 40 and older. Central and Eastern Europe have the highest percentage of college graduates with South and West Asia coming in at the bottom of this list. Mexico has the highest pupil to teacher ratio 1:25 where as Sweden has the lowest 1:6.
A detailed breakdown in education statistics are covered for the following geographical areas in the Education Around The World Infographic; North America and Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia and the pacific, Central Asia, South and West Asia, Arab States, Sub Saharan Africa.
Over the coming months we present you with a series of articles from leading UK and international experts on skills, entrepreneurship and employment.
The articles give insights into some of the challenges and issues faced in Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia. They address several themes:
- How can education providers and industry better co-operate together?
- How does teaching and learning need to change in order to better equip young people for future employment and business success?
- What role can universities and colleges play in better preparing young people for future success?
- How important is social inclusion?
In this edition, read how UK colleges are helping secure a brighter future for young people:
John Mountford, International Director, Association of Colleges outlines how the Technical and Vocational Education system in England, with industry involvement throughout, helps prepare young people for the world of work.
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