British Council's Chief Executive to visit Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Sep 6: The Chief
Executive of British Council, Martin Davidson will visit Pakistan from September
9 to 13.
visit, Martin Davidson will meet ministers, university representatives and
participants of the Council's programmes in Islamabad, Peshawar and
While in Islamabad on September
10, he will formally launch the British Council's second Global Exchange
programme, an innovative exchange scheme for young volunteers in Pakistan and
In partnership with voluntary
Service Overseas (VSO), Pattan Development Organization (PDO), and Community
Service Volunteers (CSV), Global Exchange provides a unique exchange experience
to live and work together in each other's countries as well as experience the
culture and issues that young people face in their respective communities,
according to a news release issued by the British Council.
On the same day, he will also sign
a Memorandum of Understanding between the British Council and the National
Vocational and Technical Education Commission.
This will initiate institutional
partnerships as the first step towards collaborative work in support of national
reforms in technical and vocational education.
The Chief Executive's visit
emphasizes the importance that the British Council attaches to its work with
Pakistan. During his 4-day trip he will explore some of the issues that young
people and policy makers face in Pakistan in education, employment access to
global opportunities and cultural relations.
He is also keen to explore the
role that the British Council can play to support positive social change in
Pakistan through collaborative projects that build young people's skills,
develop institutional capacity, and build greater mutual understanding between
the people of Pakistan and the UK.
In his role as head of the British
Council worldwide, Martin Davidson brings extensive experience of international
cultural relations to lead the British Council in its global purpose of building
mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and the 109 countries
in which it currently works.
Pakistan is a high priority
country for the UK. More than 800,000 Pakistanis live in the UK and both
countries have a long and rich shared history with extensive educational,
artistic and commercial links.
The British Council has been
working in Pakistan since 1948, starting from a small office in Karachi. It now
offers services across seven cities in Pakistan.
The British Council is increasing
the scope and range of its programmes in Pakistan to reflect the special nature
of the relationship between Pakistan and the UK.
The focus of the British Council's
work is to provide increased access to educational opportunities, meet demands
for personal and professional development and promote positive social change by
partnering with people in the UK and Pakistan, sharing knowledge, insights and
The British Council is active in a
number of fields including education, the arts, English language teaching,
social development, science and culture.
It works closely with partner
organizations and networks in these sectors to develop collaborative projects
that meet the interests and needs of the people of Pakistan. -APP