Portrait of Lucy Watkins

Welcome to the British Council in Singapore. We’ve been working with the people of Singapore for more than 70 years and are proud to have played a part in the Singapore story through our work in English language, education and arts, and we continue to focus our work in these three areas so that we can also be part of Singapore’s future.

  • In English we want to enable much more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English.
  • In Education we want to share the best of our Education system and learn from other countries.
  • In the Arts we want to connect people and change the way we see each other, to help create opportunity, trust and personal and societal development.

A leader in English language

In Singapore we have been successfully teaching a wide range of students, both adults and younger learners, for many years as well as supporting the training and development of teachers.

Our adult courses are aimed at helping people achieve their self-improvement goals whether for career or otherwise. We also provide the opportunity for people to take qualifications such as IELTS.

With our Young Learners, from early years to pre-tertiary/junior college, we aim to give our students the means to excel in examinations and gain a valuable life skill that they can use with confidence and creativity.

We do this by understanding what the school curriculum is all about but also by bringing to our classrooms our beliefs about what makes good teaching and learning so that our learners are fully engaged and motivated.

Promoting the internationalisation of education

The UK is home to some of the best universities in the world with a powerful research base and a huge range of choices available to young Singaporeans as they seek to further their studies at undergraduate level or go on to engage in research.

We can guide students through their options, helping them make the right choice. More than 4,000 Singaporean students choose the UK every year adding to the rich cultural mix that is campus life in the UK.

We also support institutions and policy makers through our extensive networks and experience in forging strong links between them and their UK partners in areas such as collaborative research, exchanges and joint degrees.

At the moment there are more than 40,000 students studying for UK degrees in Singapore.

Connecting people through the arts

We provide international opportunities for the people of Singapore to engage with UK thought-leaders and practitioners working in the creative industries. Working with our partners we create platforms and residencies to showcase new work and to support collaborative projects which allow for the emergence of artworks born of the Singapore-UK relationship.

A focus for us in our arts work is finding new ways of connecting with and seeing each other through the arts: poetry on buses, artworks in the park.

Our website has all the information that you need about our activities. I hope that you will enjoy our events and programmes.

Best wishes

Lucy Watkins
Country Director, British Council in Singapore