KUALA LUMPUR, October 6 – The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural opportunities, has announced the winners of the 2022 IELTS Prize. In its tenth year, the IELTS Prize has supported more than 330 students in East Asia to date; helping them pursue their dreams of studying abroad. This year, 27 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 local prizes. 

The British Council received over 1,600 applications and interviewed over 70 high flying individuals, who not only excelled at their IELTS test, but explained their intentions to contribute to the society locally or abroad after study. The winners are Cason Yong Kwan Xhen, Melody Chong Ai Ching and Veenaa Logenthiran. First Prize winner Cason Yong Kwan Xhen feels that the IELTS Ambassador program is a brilliant avenue for bright minds to come together and share a mutual passion about making our society a better place.

He says, “it is the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals through IELTS Alumni that drove me to apply for the scholarship. The British Council is always willing and prepared to go the extra mile for their candidates. Millions of students had to readjust their study plans due to the continued disruption of the pandemic. IELTS, the world’s popular high-stakes English proficiency test, has been a crucial part of students’ entry requirements, especially for East Asia which is one of the largest markets for students wishing to study in the United Kingdom, the US, Canada and Australia. 

Heather Forbes, Regional Exams Director, British Council East Asia said,The IELTS Prize recognises those high performing students that demonstrate the academic excellence and commitment to the communities they belong to. More importantly, the winners show the determination to take what they learnt during their time abroad and utilise their knowledge and specialties to benefit their home countries once they return. It is our privilege to assist these ambitious and intelligent individuals in their professional and academic journeys.

We believe that promoting international studies is key to helping students thrive in the future. The British Council in East Asia also invites all students planning to study abroad and interested in taking IELTS tests to the IELTS Top Tips Sharing with the IELTS Prize winners which will be live-streamed on British Council IELTS Facebook pages across East Asia on 13 October. The online event is open to anyone, and it will be great opportunity to learn from the IELTS Prize winners’ on how to ace IELTS test and how their lives have and will change as they embark on their new study journey.