The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.
We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.
Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
We have been in Kosovo since 1999 and work in these centres. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Kosovo.
Our work in Kosovo
In the last fourteen years, since the end of the conflict, Kosovo has achieved notable progress in establishing the foundations of a democratic society and market-led economy.
After nearly a decade of UN administration, Kosovo became independent in 2008. September 2012 marked the end of the ‘supervised independence’. The 25-country International Steering Group (ISG), set up in 2008 to guide democratic development, promote good governance, multi-ethnicity, and the rule of law, announced its plans - with subsequent support from parliament - to close the International Civilian Office (ICO), thus far the final authority regarding the interpretation of the Comprehensive Settlement Proposal (Ahtisaari Plan).
On the fifth anniversary of its independence, an EU-brokered accord was reached, aimed at normalising Kosovo-Serbia relations. The deal is considered to be one of the final milestones in the country’s political stabilisation path. It was referred to as ‘a historical deal’ by the EU, not only for Kosovo-Serbia relations, but for the entire Western Balkans region and for the European Union. It is believed that the deal will open new chapters for both countries, supporting them in getting closer to the EU. In Kosovo’s case this means starting the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP).