British Council in Malaysia IELTS Prize Helps Students to Make Their Mark Through International Study

British Council in Malaysia IELTS Prize Helps Students to Make Their Mark Through International Study
  • The UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural opportunities announces the East Asian winners of its prestigious IELTS Prize
  • 29 talented students from across East Asia will receive a share of GBP 187,000 prize fund helping them to realise international study ambitions
  • Despite massive disruption to international education, students from East Asia will use the prize winnings to fund international study in fields from medicine and life sciences to economics and finance.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 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.

2019/20 IELTS Prize winners in Malaysia
2019/20 IELTS Prize winners in Malaysia

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.”

For more information about IELTS prize, visit https://www.ieltsasia.org/ieltsprize.

For more information, please contact Exams Marketing Manager, Sherry Tan on +603 2723 2221 or sherry.tan@britishcouncil.org.my

Notes to Editors:

About IELTS Prize

Since 2011, the British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) has enabled more than 270 IELTS test takers to pursue their studies around the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and more.

The IELTS Prize is awarded to high-calibre individuals with the motivation to develop their career, to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any chosen discipline in a higher education institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements around the world. While the IELTS Prize is not aimed at students in any one particular discipline, the British Council is eager to support test takers who demonstrate the potential to contribute to society with what they have gained from their undergraduate or postgraduate study experience.

This year, due to the COVID-19 situation, in order to cater for students’ changing plans and to better support their study dreams, the British Council had extended the IELTS Prize eligibility to those deferring their studies into the next academic year 2021/22. More information can be found at https://www.ieltsasia.org/ieltsprize.

2019/20 IELTS Prize winner list

Regional
IELTS
Prize
Winner

Name

Country/Territory

University

Subject/programme

1

Hyunah Kim

 KR

London School of
Economics and
Political Science

MSc Development
Studies

2

N/A

3

Ruey-Bin Tsai

 TW

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

BA Material Science
and Engineering

Country
IELTS
Prize
winner

Name

University

Subject/programme

HK

1

Benjamin, Oh Yao

Teng

London School of Economics
and Political Science

BA Law

2

Winky, Lee Cheuk
Ying

University College London

MSc Clinical Mental Health
Sciences

3

Manna, Li Tsz
Ning

University of Oxford

MSc in Applied Linguistics and
Second Language Acquisition

KR

1

N/A

2

Eun Hyung Kim

Rochester Institute of
Technology

MFA in Glass (Sculpting)

3

Se-Eun Kim

Wimbledon College of Arts

BA (Hons) Theatre Design

TW

1

Hui-Chen Weng

Royal College of Art

MA interior design programme

2

Kai-Ting Chang

University College London

MSc Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages
(TESOL)

3

Yi-Hsuan Pan

University of Warwick

MA Drama and Theatre
Education

ID

1

Danielle
Theophilia
Pratama

Nottingham Trent University

BA Computer Science

2

Florence
Yokhebed Valerie

University of Warwick

BA Economic Studies and Global
Sustainable Development

3

Lidwina Kristantia

Imperial College London

MSc Economics and Strategy for
Business

MY

1

Kuberan Hansrajh
Kumaresan

Oxford University

BA Law (Jurisprudence)

2

Julia Chin

University of Warwick

BA Economic Studies and Global
Sustainable Development

3

Zulaiqa Binti
Mohamad Riduan

 

Technical University of Munich 

MSc in Sustainable
Resources Management

SG

1

Jia Sheng Bryan
Kio

University of Cambridge

MPhil in Technology Policy

2

Hui Jun Ho

Institute of Education, UCL

DEdPsy Educational Psychology
(Professional Educational, Child &
Adolescent Psy)

3

Andrea
Evangeline Lim

King’s College London

MSc Clinical nursing

TH

1

Sawas Stevens

University of Lincoln

MSc Human Resource
Management

2

Tatiyapot
Srikarnchanakas

University of Liverpool

MSc Data Science and Artificial
Intelligence

3

Tornthep  
Soisoongnern

University of Liverpool

MA Applied Linguistics

PH

1

Justine Alyssa
Guino

University of Sheffield

MSc Data Analytics

2

Jessica Badua

University of Cadiz

MA International Relations and
Migrations

3

Greco Mark
Malijan

University of Oxford

MSc International Health and
Tropical Medicine

VN

1

Dang Tran Tung

Curtin University

MSc Teaching (Secondary
Education) (Economics)

2

Pham Hoang Yen

Aalto University

MSc in Economics and Business
Administration

3

Huynh Anh Tuan

University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Commerce

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration with over 3.5 million tests taken in the last year. Over 10,000 organisations trust and accept IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true to life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for education and cultural relations. Dedicated to building trust through the exchange of knowledge between people worldwide, the British Council is represented in over 100 countries.

About the test

Test takers are measured in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest band).

IELTS offers a choice of two test versions, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test takers, irrespective of their subject focus. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS General Training is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

A sample of government and professional associations who recognise or require applicants to hold an IELTS test result include:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • UK Visas and Immigration
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and National Council of State Boards of Nursing, USA
  • International Monetary Fund

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. www.britishcouncil.org

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