British Council launches ‘Creative Spark’ across Central Asia and the South Caucasus


The British Council is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Creative Spark’, a five year programme to help develop the creative economy across Central Asia and the South Caucasus, with an inward visit to the UK.

The programme will be run from seven countries including Azerbaijan.  In order to support higher education reform and to respond to unemployment rates in the region, the British Council will use the UK’s experience in entrepreneurship education to design and deliver the programme which aims to support over 10,000 students in its first year.

To kick off the programme, a delegation of deputy minsters, university leaders and creative enterprise experts from these countries will visit the United Kingdom during week of 25 June.  Their programme will include visits to UK universities (University of Goldsmith, Norwich University of Arts, University of East Anglia, Cambridge University, Coventry University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University) and creative institutions. The Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne (Emma Harriet Nicholson) will welcome the delegation at 18.30 (BST)

Creative Spark programme has three key aims:

1. To establish enterprise centres in 20 universities across the seven partner countries in by partnerships with UK universities.

2. To deliver enterprise skills training to students and creative entrepreneurs, ranging from pitching ideas to starting a business, and protecting intellectual property.

3. To deliver a range of new English online courses and new MOOC courses focused on the language of entrepreneurship.

Guidelines for university partnerships will be available in July 2018 with a call for applications to be formally launched in September at the UK’s national Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Conference in Leeds.

For more details please contact: [email protected]

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