The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural opportunities has announced the winners of the 2020 IELTS Prize. In its ninth year, the IELTS Prize has supported more than 270 students in East Asia to date; helping them pursue their dreams of studying abroad. This year, 29 prize winners in East Asia are added to the list, including three outstanding IELTS test takers in Malaysia who have been awarded the IELTS Prize 2019/20 local prizes.
The British Council received over 1,400 applications and interviewed over 100 high flying individuals, whom not only excelled at their IELTS test, but explained their intentions to contribute to the society locally or abroad after study.
Three top test takers in East Asia have won the regional IELTS Prizes
Three regional IELTS Prizes valued up to GBP 58,000 were awarded to top students in East Asia who will pursue higher education in their dream universities either in academic year 2020/21 or 2021/22. There were 26 winners from countries and territories in East Asia who were also awarded local prizes, up to GBP 129,000 in total.
Commenting on her award, Regional Grand Prize winner Hyunah Kim said, “Studying in the UK is something I wanted to achieve, and I wasn’t going to let the recent disruption stop that. Now I am heading to the UK, to study at the London School of Economics. Receiving the IELTS Prize will help me fulfil my education and career ambitions, and it gives me a lot more certainty, at what is a very uncertain time.”
Local IELTS Prizes are awarded to three outstanding test takers in Malaysia
Three local prize winners in Malaysia are Kuberan Hansrajh Kumaresan, Julia Chin and Zulaiqa Binti Mohamad Riduan. Local 1st Prize winner Kuberan Hansrajh Kumaresan feels elated to be receiving the IELTS Prize award. He says, “I applied for the IELTS prize because I found it to be one of the fairest scholarships available to students, welcoming applicants from all backgrounds, courses and institutions alike. After reading many online articles about past IELTS Prize winners, it became rather obvious to me that the British Council is a truly incredible organization to be affiliated with and that they would support my learning in ways that transcend just financial help.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted study plans of millions of students who had planned to study abroad to further their academic and career prospects. East Asia is one of the largest markets for students wishing to study in the United Kingdom, North America and Australia. IELTS, the world’s most popular high-stakes English proficiency test, has been a crucial part of students’ entry requirements. Steve Adams, Director Examinations, for the British Council in East Asia said, “The IELTS Prize recognises those high performing students that demonstrate the academic excellence and commitment to excel during international study. More importantly, they show the determination to take what they learnt during their time abroad and use it to benefit their communities when they return home. It is our privilege to help these talented individuals make their mark in the world that is rapidly changing. International study is one way they can prepare themselves to thrive in the future.”