Facts and figures

We have been operating in Vietnam since 1993. Currently, we have centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and operate a wide range of programmes across the country in partnership with local authorities and partners.

Here are some information and statistics outlining our activities in Vietnam in 2016:

  • We reached over seven million people through face-to-face or digital engagement, and through our broadcasts and publications
  • As part of the Vietnamese government’s 2020 programme, we trained over 3,500 Vietnamese English language teachers, and are delivering Asia’s biggest conference on language testing and assessment
  • We taught English to over 10,000 students, and delivered 73,000 tests for language and other UK qualifications from 100 UK awarding boards and almost 200 UK universities
  • Over 11,000 Vietnamese students attended events to promote UK education opportunities, where they engaged with over 100 UK institutions
  • We nurtured 24 HE partnerships and 13 research partnerships with £1.7m from the UK’s Newton Fund matched by £1.3m from Vietnam, and engaged 5 UK TVET centres to build capacity in Vietnam’s 45 TVET hubs across the country
  • We trained 70 young deputies  - almost 1/5 of the Vietnam National Assembly – in youth outreach and social awareness
  • Social Enterprise was officially recognised as a new economic sector in Vietnam’s revised Enterprise Law, and the government adopted the National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries, in both of which the British Council was instrumental
  • We led the global Shakespeare Lives campaign in Vietnam, and introduced UK emerging artists in music and dance.