British Council to fund 12 new international partnerships

Baku, July 15, AZERTAC

The British Council’s Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme, now in its second year, will fund 12 new international partnerships to support

enterprise skills development and the creative economy– bringing the grand total to 50.

These partnerships have been formed between higher education and creative institutions in the UK and the countries of South Caucasus, Central Asia and Ukraine. Each partnership will be awarded up to £40,000 to develop projects that will provide thousands of young people with enterprise skills and build cultural ties

between the UK and Azerbaijan.

Creative Spark aims to support the creative sectors and the next generation with the ability to develop business ideas. The UN has previously recognised the creative economy as being one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. Those benefitting from the scheme are principally university students, graduates and young entrepreneurs.

The programme focuses on three areas to give young people improved access to international networks, markets and resources:

1. Development of partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and their equivalents in

programme countries – this year all 90 partner organisations involved in the programme will come together at the University of Oxford (UK) to share expertise, learnings and further develop their projects.

2. Delivering enterprise skills packages to students, graduates and creative entrepreneurs, ranging from pitching ideas and starting a business, to protecting intellectual property and securing financial support – everyone involved will be able to participate in an online ‘enterprise pitch competition’ across the programmes countries with UK based professional development courses.

3. Delivering an English Learning Programme with a range of new digital language learning content. This will include online learning packs on the English Channel platform, online courses and new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) focused on English for entrepreneurship and English Clubs.

In 2019-20, the British Council is funding three new international partnerships in Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan Partner(s) are:

Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC),

ADA University, Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC), Baku Music Academy (named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli), while UK Partner(s) are: University of Greenwich, The University of Kent, University of York.

Creative Spark is a five year initiative to support international university and institutional partnerships to develop enterprise

skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia, South Caucasus and Ukraine through UK support. In order

to support higher education reform and respond to unemployment rates in these seven countries, we will use the UK’s

experience to help develop enterprise education.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Founded in 1934 The British Council is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

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