The British Council is an anachronistic unaccountable quango…it’s time for a cull

Along with many UK private companies providing marketing services to international education providers, Levant Education often runs into a thorny political issue that we’re somehow not supposed to talk about. That issue is the commercial, entrepreneurial activities of the British Council, a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB, or quango), whose size, status and ambition create … Continue reading The British Council is an anachronistic unaccountable quango…it’s time for a cull

The British Council is Bad for Business, Bad for British Education Exports, and Bad for Britain

As education marketing and student recruitment professionals working around the globe are all too aware, the British Council is increasingly acting as a commercial competitor - rather than as a regulator / accreditor / supporter -  in a manner that is bad for our business. The ‘entrepreneurial’ actions of the British Council are actually harmful … Continue reading The British Council is Bad for Business, Bad for British Education Exports, and Bad for Britain

British Council Baku Exhibition targets Filipinos

Readers interested in the activities of the British Council in Azerbaijan will be aware that the bungling branch of the British FCO in Baku decided to actually do something for the first time in 20 years, spurred into action after witnessing Levant Education's UK Education Tour last November. Invited to participate in the event in … Continue reading British Council Baku Exhibition targets Filipinos

Is the British Council an Evil Corporation?

The British Council, the registered UK charity described by MP John Mann in 2011 as 'a nonsense of an organisation to sustain', has looked to be on the ropes for the past few years. In its fight for survival, while the state and its ministries shrink and reduce funding for everything from health care to higher … Continue reading Is the British Council an Evil Corporation?

Turkish Market Report 2012 – what the British Council wouldn’t print

The 'English Language Market Report: Turkey' was written by Levant Education and published by English UK and the British Council in September 2012.  Although the taxpayer-funded British Council's Istanbul office costs £5m per year to run and staff, nobody in that office felt confident enough in their knowledge of education exports to write it, so … Continue reading Turkish Market Report 2012 – what the British Council wouldn’t print

It was 20 years ago today

Richard Branson would recognise the tactics used by the British CouncilThe story of how the British Council in Azerbaijan is using 'client poaching' business practices to compete with legitimate British business reminds us of the "dirty tricks" story from 20 years ago, involving Britain's most famous entrepreneur and the established flag-bearer in the airline industry, … Continue reading It was 20 years ago today

Statement: The British Council in Azerbaijan

In April 2012 Levant Education conducted a fact finding trip to Baku, during which it consulted with the British Council and UKTI as well as local authorities and contacts. The British Council staff confirmed that, although they were only a small team concerned mainly with teaching English, they would like to work with us. UKTI … Continue reading Statement: The British Council in Azerbaijan