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Mat Wright

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. 


Organisation name: British Council
Year of foundation: 1953
Office: 1-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Director: Matthew Knowles


Organisation name: British Council
Year of foundation: 1934
Office: London, UK
Chief Executive: Ciarán Devane
Patron: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Type of organisation: The British Council is incorporated by Royal Charter 

We are an executive non-departmental public body, a public corporation (in accounting terms) and a charity. The British Council operates at arm’s length from the UK government and it does not carry out its functions on behalf of the Crown. However, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs is answerable to Parliament for the policies, operations and performance of the British Council whilst the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is the British Council's Sponsoring Department. 

Our 7,000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through our cultural programmes. We provide English teaching using modern communicative methods and an efficient IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exams service. Our work includes supporting people who want to study in the UK. And, we also work in English education, higher education and the arts to encourage international partnerships. 

Our Tokyo centre was established in 1953 and you can find out more about it’s history and values.

For more information and facts worldwide visit the British Council website.
Annual Report 2015-16 (PDF 2.73MB)

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