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I feel very privileged to be the Director of the British Council and excited to be working here at such an interesting time for UK-Myanmar relations. 

Our countries have a long and rich history, built on relationships of trust developed over many years. As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities we connect millions of people each year to the UK. Our aim is to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the people of other countries, using the cultural and educational resources from across the UK. We’ve been in Myanmar since 1946 and although many things have changed since then our core purpose has remained constant - to build trust through cultural relations and stronger ties between the UK and Myanmar. 

In recent years we’ve seen our work expand rapidly around the country in English, education and through a range of projects with civil society and community based organisations. As Myanmar goes through an unprecedented period of change the UK has much to offer in education, around the English language, in the arts and in social and economic development. We are keen to support the quality teaching and learning of English throughout Myanmar, underpinned by widespread trust and recognition of UK qualifications and the sharing of expertise in governance and in the education sector. 

As Myanmar starts a new chapter in its history there are great opportunities for both our countries to work together. The British Council and the UK have been long standing friends of Myanmar over 70 years and we look forward to further strengthening those ties. Through our offices in Yangon and Mandalay and our Millennium Centres around the country we deliver activity across Myanmar. You can also connect with us through our Facebook page and Myanmar Network.

Richard Sunderland
Director Myanmar, British Council