STA, 17 June 2019 - Dragan Barbutovski has been appointed the new head of the British Council in Slovenia. He says he will continue the efforts of the UK's international organisation in promoting cooperation between the two countries in culture and education.
Barbutovski, who has replaced Aida Salamanca as the director, has been working in diplomacy and fostering relations with various shareholders for more than 20 years.
He managed EU projects in Kosovo and Georgia which were designed to raise awareness about the EU. He is also the co-founder of the only Slovenian organisation for EU politicians Evropa Misli (Think Europe) and have contributed to a number of political initiatives on the future of the EU, reads the British Council press release.
"I'm extremely pleased to be able to continue the tradition of successful relations between Slovenia and the UK in culture and education and to strengthen the relations between shareholders of both countries so that we could create more opportunities for cooperation through innovation, skill development and partnership," said the new director.
He will work on the development of long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships between the two countries, with a special emphasis on Slovenian youth's opportunities for studying in the UK or distance learning and providing access to British universities for Slovenian educational institutions, researchers and students.
Barbutovski will also focus on increasing the amount of English language exams the organisation provides and promoting cooperation with the British Council's partners in Slovenia including in arts and culture.
The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, being active in more than 100 countries.
It was established in 1934 as a charitable organisation by British Foreign Office officials. The organisation, which is co-funded by the British government, has been present in Slovenia since 1992.
The British council in Slovenia supports various cultural events throughout the year, including the 35th Slovenian Book Fair this year and the performance of the acclaimed British physical theatre company Gecko at this year's Slovenian theatre festival Borštnik Meeting.