'When you offer something beautiful to somebody, their first instinct is to accept it. Every form of art starts with a point of beauty.' Photo by The Lowry on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When you offer something beautiful to somebody, their first instinct is to accept it. Every form of art starts with a point of beauty.' Photo by The Lowry on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When you offer something beautiful to somebody, their first instinct is to accept it. Every form of art starts with a point of beauty.' Photo by The Lowry on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

What will audiences in Bangladesh make of a contemporary dance performance about their homeland? The British Council's Eeshita Azad explains why the arts can help people see their country from a different point of view. DESH will be performed on 18 and 19 September at the Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.

'For our young to learn tolerance and understand the value of peace, they need to think and talk about conflict.' Photo by The U.S. Army on Flickr under Creative Commons.

'For our young to learn tolerance and understand the value of peace, they need to think and talk about conflict.' Photo by The U.S. Army on Flickr under Creative Commons.

'For our young to learn tolerance and understand the value of peace, they need to think and talk about conflict.' Photo by The U.S. Army on Flickr under Creative Commons.

The means of teaching can greatly affect the outcomes, and teaching about conflict is no exception. Meena Megha Malhotra of the Seagull Foundation, who helped develop one of several e-modules on conflict for schools as part of the Teaching Divided Histories project, explains the benefits of using digital technology in

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

As we publish a report assessing disability in Pakistan today, the British Council's Dee Lowry hears from Abia Akram and others about what it's like to live as a person with disability* in Pakistan, and examines how the report can shape future policies and discussions.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

How can the arts change perceptions of what D/deaf and disabled people can do? Ruth Gould offers answers from her experience as artistic director of DaDaFest and chair of the commission panel for the Unlimited festival, which shows work by disabled artists and runs from 2-7 September 2014 at London's Southbank Centre.

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

Following last week's launch of the Times Higher Education magazine's Asia University Rankings 2014 at a policy dialogue, and ahead of another event on higher education statistics in New Delhi next week, the British Council's Indranil Ghosh explains India's ambitions.