The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Our cultural relations work is about the cumulative difference we make to people’s lives, the institutional connections and the long-term trust built between Thailand and the UK across our three thematic areas—raising levels of English, Internationalising Higher Education and Science, and building a creative economy. Since 2016 when we introduced our plan towards 2020, there have been numerous stories to tell and we have created manifold opportunities for people in towns and villages across the whole country.
We have transformed English teaching for 17,000 teachers in Thailand and delivered nearly 30,000 examinations for students and professionals to gain better opportunities for learning and working. We have worked with more than 2,000 researchers and academics to internationalise higher education and science. Through FameLab, we have put the spotlight on scientists and enhanced the impact of their research among the public, making science more inclusive with over one million engagements on social media thanks to Cherprang BNK48 and our media partners. The number of people from Thailand studying in UK continues to grow.
We have also brought together world-leading artists to enhance the design and social enterprise skills of more than 700 craft entrepreneurs in Thailand. They have not only improved their community livelihoods but the entire ecosystem, making craft and fashion a force for good. We are working with universities and government institutions in supporting the development of creative hubs as creative and social incubators.
Looking to the future, our mission is stronger than ever. We will continue to bring people together to change the world for the better and deepen relations between UK and Thailand. In the coming years, we will introduce full end-to-end solutions for teaching and testing English to support the needs of students and respond to digital changes. We hope to help bridge the gap between universities, researchers and industries, using their expertise to tackle global challenges. We will introduce craft digital toolkits to connect people across Thailand, expanding the network of craft entrepreneurs internationally to improve their communities and livelihoods.
You can find much more information about all our work on these pages and engage with us on our social media channels. Whether discovering us for the first time or you are a long-term friend, we hope you stay with us for many years to come.
Andrew Glass OBE