Congratulations to British Council IELTS prize Malaysia winner, Elena Kasturi Almeida who was awarded a RM10,000 prize for further study in the UK.

From among 800 applications in East Asia, the three top students in the region each received a £25,000 prize to pursue further education overseas.

Sooyoun Kim from Korea, Wongsathorn Jiraphanvanich from Thailand and Thandar Aung from Myanmar are picked for their performance in IELTS, study aspirations and potential contribution to society.

Quotes from 2014 winners:

Elena Kasturi Almeida (MY), London School of Economics, UK

“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.”

Sooyoun Kim (Korea) Durham University, UK

“IELTS study opened my eyes to a wider contribution, which is encouraging cultural exchange between the museums and cultural heritage institutions of Korea and other countries with my language ability. By improving my English skills through IELTS, I hope to play a part in helping people understand each other better and broaden their minds.”

Wongsathorn Jiraphanvanich(Thailand) University of Cambridge

“The IELTS Scholarship scheme has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my higher education at the University of Cambridge. In the end, it is not about being the best, but doing the best in the things you most love and enjoy. IELTS test results reflect one’s mindset, proficiency and passion in the English language. It serves as a highly reputable qualification that leads students into top-notch universities around the globe.”

Thandar Aung (Myanmar) Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

“I would like to thank the British Council for the IELTS scholarship, as this has made my dream of contributing to and leading the health sector reform process in Myanmar come true. This is because I believe that I would become equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to do so during my Master studies in International Health, which the scholarship will be funding, and I hope these scholarships will continue to inspire many generations to come.”