Barbara Wickham Country Director British Council in Bangladesh

Welcome to the British Council in Bangladesh. We have been promoting cultural relations between the UK and Bangladesh for over 60 years, creating international opportunities for people in both our countries in order to meet their aspirations for a better life.

We are on the ground in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and indeed across the whole country. We work with the Government of Bangladesh and many local and UK partner organisations to deliver services and development projects in education, social action and the arts. Together, we have brought improvements in teaching and learning, in school and university management, in the attainment of a range of UK qualifications, in community development, in the provision of access to quality educational information through our libraries and resource centres, and in the teaching of English and professional skills training. We have engaged with tens of thousands of people, delivered securely over 130,000 UK examinations and taught English directly to over 6,000 people over the last 12 months. We have also convened a number of important policy forums and staged a number of significant art events in both Bangladesh and the UK, especially in literature and music.

All this builds trust between the people of Bangladesh and the UK to understand each other better and work together to address global challenges.   

Many thanks,


Barbara Wickham, Director Bangladesh