Malaysian student wins British Council’s IELTS Scholarship to pursue her dream of studying overseas
5 September 2014 (Kuala Lumpur) – Studying overseas has been a dream for many students in Malaysia. With an aim to connect people with learning opportunities, the British Council launched the IELTS Scholarship in 2011 and, since then, it has supported a total of 15 students in entering universities worldwide, including the UK, USA and Germany. This year, a scholar would be added to the list, who received a scholarship valued at RM10,000 at the award presentation ceremony held at British Council Kuala Lumpur on 5 September 2014. To celebrate IELTS’s 25th anniversary, the British Council also awarded three students in the East Asia region with scholarships of £25,000 each, who will be entering their dream universities overseas to pursue further education.
“I am enormously appreciative towards the British Council for selecting me as one of the recipients of the IELTS Scholarship. By granting me this scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden and given me the opportunity to overcome new fears and fulfil my dreams. More than monetary value, this scholarship has provided me with the confidence and assurance that I will be able to hold my own amongst my future class-mates, at a world-renowned university. For this, I am infinitely grateful.” said Elena Kasturi Almeida, the recipient of British Council IELTS Scholarship 2014.
Elena graduated from the University of Sussex in England with a first class degree in Economics. Upon graduation, she joined Bank Negara Malaysia where she spent a good part of the past three years as an associate economist at the Monetary Policy Department. Her main duties included carrying out research and surveillance duties on exchange rates and capital flows. With the British Council IELTS Scholarship, Elena will pursue her Master’s in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
“As an international English proficiency test, IELTS has grown its popularity with over 2.2 million of tests taken in 2013, and is now recognised by over 9,000 organisations, including universities, employers and immigration authorities worldwide.” said Greg Selby, Director of Examinations British Council, East Asia. “We are pleased that our wide international acceptance and the IELTS scholarship are helping more students in East Asia to pursue further study in different parts of the world.”
As an IELTS official test centre, the British Council provides full support in preparing students in taking IELTS exams, including a 30-hour free online training for registered students and the access to different preparation materials. Furthermore, test sessions are organised three times a month, which give students flexibility for the most suitable sessions.
About British Council IELTS Scholarship
The British Council has developed this scholarship to help more people access international education experience and networks. This is for people planning to attend an undergraduate or postgraduate programme in or outside Malaysia. There are two levels of award. Up to 3 successful applicants will each receive a scholarship to the value of GBP2,500. Up to 3 scholars with the top scores from the whole of the East Asia region* will each receive a scholarship to the value of GBP25,000. Scholarship payments will be made to the attending higher educational institution in order to assist students with their tuition fees.
*East Asia region includes Burma, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
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