Founded in 1943, the British Council focuses on bringing British language and culture abroad. The institute is involved in four main activities: teaching English, offering international education opportunities, promoting dialogue through the arts, and sharing the overall British experience. The British Council has over 75 years of experience in cultural relations, and is one of the largest cultural and language institutions in the world today, with centers in over 100 countries. In 2005, the organization received the Prince of Asturias Award for outstanding achievements in communications and the humanities. This award was shared with five other national cultural agencies, namely Alliance Francaise, the Dante Alighieri Society, the Goethe-Institut, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Instituto Camões.