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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.

During his visit, Martin Davidson will meet ministers, university representatives and participants of the Council's programmes in Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi.

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 the UK.

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 experience.

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

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