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.
(SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 2, 2020 PRNewswire=연합뉴스) 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 Korea who have been awarded the IELTS Prize 2019/20 regional and 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 has 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 Korea
Two local prize winners in Korea are Eun Hyung Kim and Se-Eun Kim. The youngest among all IELTS winners as well as the Local 3rd Prize winner Se-Eun says, "Winning the IELTS Prize demonstrates that I still have the possibility to achieve my dream in this global turmoil. As a future stage designer, I want to deliver the value of life and the importance of honesty to the audience through the stage I will make, and the IELTS Prize gave me the confidence to begin a new journey in the UK."
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 mark 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.
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 | Rachel, Ching Fong | HK | University of Cambridge | MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies
3 | Ruey-Bin Tsai | TW | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | BA Material Science and Engineering
Country IELTS Prize winner | Name | University | Subject/programme
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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