Wednesday 07 October 2015

Studying overseas has been a dream for many students in the Philippines. With an aim to connect people with learning opportunities, the British Council launched the IELTS Prize in 2011 and, since then, it has supported a total of 123 students in the East Asia region in entering universities worldwide. This year, 47 prize winners would be added to the list. The award presentation ceremony was held at the British Council office on 01 August 2015.  Each of the local prize winners received a prize valued at Php140,000. The British Council also awarded five students in the East Asia region with an amount of £12,000 each, who will be entering their dream universities overseas to pursue further education.

'As an international English proficiency test, IELTS has grown its popularity with over 2.5 million of tests taken in 2014, and is now recognised by over 9,000 organisations, including universities, employers and immigration authorities worldwide.' said Greg Selby, Director Examinations, Examinations Services, East Asia. 'We are pleased that our wide international acceptance and the IELTS prize are helping more students in East Asia to pursue further study overseas.'

This year the British Council extended the IELTS prize to awarding five regional prizes to top prize winners in the East Asia region. All of the regional prize winners will be pursuing further study in the UK. Hong Seok Lee from Korea will attend the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK for a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations while Vu Dihn Hung from Vietnam will study the Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Nottingham University. Prethika Nair from Singapore, Riza Purnama from Indonesia and Cassandra Tam from Malaysia will study master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh, University College London and London School of Economics and Political Science respectively.

In addition to the regional competition, The British Council Philippines awarded three students at the local level. One of the local prize winners who will be studying at Bangor University, Ewygene Templonuevo commented that IELTS Prize enabled her to fulfil her dreams of studying abroad. She said 'Winning this year’s IELTS Prize is a great help to fulfil my dream of becoming a translator. My chosen field of study and career path needs exposure to foreign cultures and an immersion abroad which I can now accomplish. British Council IELTS continues to help students fulfil their dreams and thereby contribute to the betterment of our society and our nation.'

Yakov Jonathan Lerer, who will study at King’s College, shared his excitement and gratitude, ‘I’m so excited to have the opportunity to study in London! The British Council has been such a great help in this journey – from the earliest days of figuring out the application process to applying for the IELTS, and now facilitating the IELTS Prize. I am deeply grateful to the British Council for the award and all that it implies, and for the warm accommodation they give to test takers.’

As an IELTS official test centre, the British Council provides full support in preparing students in taking IELTS exams. Marie CDDYQA Jaya Rogel, one of the IELTS Prize winners who will be studying at Durham University found the One-Day Workshop helpful. She said 'I highly recommend the British Council IELTS Workshop to prospective test-takers. The workshop is a practical and enjoyable way to master the different parts and the general format of the test. The workshop I attended was facilitated by an experienced and engaging English language instructor, who shared a wealth of strategies and techniques for the listening, reading, writing and speaking tests.' British Council also provides Road to IELTS, a specially designed online practice material and access to the latest IELTS book in the IELTS Resource Centre for registered students. Furthermore, test sessions are organised three times a month, which give students flexibility for the most suitable sessions. For more details, please visit

Notes to Editor

About International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test with two million tests taken in the last year. Over 9,000 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 British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

About the test

Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest possible band score).

IELTS offers a choice of two versions, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic module 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 module measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training module is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.