portrait foto of British Council Germany Country Director Paul Smith wearing a white shirt and black jacket
Paul Smith, British Council Director, Germany

October 2020

My warmest best wishes to all friends and partners of the British Council in Germany.

Since I arrived here a few months ago, my priority has been to meet all our partners and main contacts to learn about our work together and to further develop friendly relations. Initially I was swamped with online meetings but I am increasingly enjoying socially distanced coffees around Berlin.

Social distancing certainly focuses the mind. The work of the British Council in Germany, and in the other 110 countries where we do our work, is the development of Cultural Relations. It’s people to people work, building understanding, trust and then collaboration, partnership and coproduction between the UK and the cultures and societies of the world. And all our work aims to help people, and peoples, everywhere to navigate the biggest issues and opportunities of our times particularly by promoting cultural engagement and educational opportunities.

Social distancing seems to be the opposite of cultural relations and people-to-people engagement. But here in Germany we have been continually conceiving ever more creative means to keep the friendship growing particularly by developing new ways of learning and sharing online. We are most pleased about our new platforms which now enable anyone in Germany to learn English through the British Council with a personal online teacher.
And we are delighted that our great English assessment offer (IELTS) is back again in 18 German cities. Looking to the future, our mission is stronger than ever. We will continue to bring people together to change the world for the better and deepen relations between UK and Germany. 

You can find much more information about all our work on these pages and engage with us on our social media channels (e.g. on Facebook and Twitter). Whether you are discovering us for the first time or are a long-term friend, we hope you stay with us for many years to come.

It’s wonderful to be here and it’s great to 'meet' you.

Paul