Three students in Vietnam won 2017 British Council IELTS Prize to pursue their dreams of studying overseas
Studying overseas has been the dream for many students in Vietnam. 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 170 students in the East Asia region to enter universities worldwide. This year, 36 prize winners would be added to the list. The award presentation ceremony in Vietnam was held at the Reverie Saigon, 57 – 69F Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on 19 July 2017. Each of the local prize winners received a prize valued at VND 62,200,000. In addition to the local awards, the British Council also awarded three regional prizes to top students in the East Asia region, who will be entering their dream universities overseas to pursue further education.
Three students from Vietnam won the local IELTS Prize. One of the local prize winners, Doan Nguyen, said ‘It is such an absolute honour and joy to receive the recognition from a prestigious international organisation like British Council. The prize’s value is neither limited to the funding it provides nor limited to the year the award is granted. It is a confirmation for international education readiness, a spiritual as well as physical company throughout academic and professional career and, most importantly, a key to other international opportunities.’
Sue Yen Chong, Regional Grand Prize winner, received multiple offers from UK universities and thinks that IELTS enabled her to accomplish her goals and embark on new challenges, ‘Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined winning a scholarship that would enable me to further my studies overseas. This prize means so much more to me than just relieving a financial burden, but helping me to bridge my aspirations and reality. I am extremely grateful to the British Council for granting me this priceless opportunity of pursuing architecture abroad.’
‘As an international English proficiency test, IELTS has grown in its popularity with over 2.9 million of tests taken in 2016, and is now recognised by over 10,000 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.’
As an official IELTS test centre, the British Council provides full support in preparing students to take the IELTS test, including Road to IELTS, specially designed online practice materials for registered students, and access to different preparation materials. Furthermore, test sessions are organised at least three times a month, which give students flexibility in choosing the most suitable sessions. For more details, please visit www.britishcouncil.vn.