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Applications now open in Malaysia for British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) 2019/20

The British Council IELTS Prize valued at RM392,010 will support aspiring students in East Asia to pursue their study abroad dreams at an English-speaking higher education institution
2019-12-10 15:00 762

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The British Council in Malaysia is pleased to announce that applications for the British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) 2019/20 are being accepted until 30 April 2020. The IELTS Prize is open to students who plan to begin undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or overseas in the 2020/21 academic year. Three motivated students from Malaysia will share local prizes, amounting to RM80,550, and three outstanding winners in the East Asia region* will be awarded regional prizes, totalling up to RM311,460.

From left to right: IELTS Prize 2018/19 winners Nicholas Tan Hao Yu (local 2nd Prize winner), Nadia Izzati binti Zamri (local 3rd Prize winner), British Council Director Malaysia Sarah Deverall, British Council Cluster Commercial Manager Samantha Smith, Joanne Loo YingJia (local 1st Prize winner), and Praveena Mahadevan (regional 2nd Prize winner).
From left to right: IELTS Prize 2018/19 winners Nicholas Tan Hao Yu (local 2nd Prize winner), Nadia Izzati binti Zamri (local 3rd Prize winner), British Council Director Malaysia Sarah Deverall, British Council Cluster Commercial Manager Samantha Smith, Joanne Loo YingJia (local 1st Prize winner), and Praveena Mahadevan (regional 2nd Prize winner).

The British Council IELTS Prize encourages applicants to pursue their dreams in any discipline they desire. Essential eligibility criteria require that applicants hold a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four components of an IELTS test taken with the British Council in the East Asia region* after 1 April 2019, and intend to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or abroad at degree level in the 2020/21 academic year at a tertiary institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements. Shortlisting and interviewing will take place in June 2020. The selection panel will award the IELTS Prize to individuals who show a passion to contribute to society with knowledge and skills they will gain from their studies.

"The British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) is bestowed on young scholars from diverse backgrounds who strive to achieve their study dreams. As an organisation that offers life-changing opportunities through delivering millions of exams annually, we are delighted to support these exceptional individuals to pursue higher education abroad, expand their understanding of the world, and return with new knowledge, improved confidence and fresh insights to serve their home country," says Trish Thomson, Regional Marketing Director, East Asia.

Since its launch in 2011, over 270 IELTS test takers have been awarded the IELTS Prize, pursuing tertiary education in destinations abroad, including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, France and Singapore in disciplines ranging from Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Business Management to Public Communication, Media, Performance, and many more.

Praveena Mahadevan, the Regional Second Prize 2018/19 winner, currently a postgraduate student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, notes, "pursuing a Masters in Public Health is something I have wanted to do ever since I was in medical school, and now with the IELTS Prize, I can make it a reality. It's also humbling to know that the British Council felt my interests and goals were worthy of their support, and this has given me a boost of confidence in myself and my capabilities."

Applications for the British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) 2019/20 will close at 18.00 Malaysia time on 30 April 2020. The winners will be announced in July 2020. For more details, please visit https://www.ieltsasia.org/ieltsprize/.

Remarks:

Local and Regional Prize Structure

Local Prizes

First Prize

RM32,220

Second Prize

RM26,850

Third Prize

RM21,480

Regional Prizes

Grand Prize

First-year tuition fee up to RM214,800

Second Prize

RM53,700

Third Prize

RM42,960

* Participating East Asian countries/territories include Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Notes to Editors:

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 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, through 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. britishcouncil.org The British Council has been working with Malaysia since 1948.

About 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. More than 10,000 organizations 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.

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).

For more information, contact:

Ikram Khasim
Head of Communications
E: Ikram.Khasim@britishcouncil.org
T: +60-3-2723-7969

Tan Dencoln
Business Development Manager
E: dencoln.tan@britishcouncil.org.my
T: +60-3-2723-7987

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Source: British Council (IELTS)
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