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2018/19 IELTS Prize winners announced!

Three outstanding students in East Asia have won the regional IELTS Prize

Date: 6 August 2019

Jakarta, 6 August 2019, The British Council IELTS Prize, since its launch in 2011, has supported more than 270 students in East Asia in pursuing their dreams of studying abroad. This year, 33 prize winners in the region have been added to the list, including three outstanding IELTS test takers in Indonesia, who have been awarded an IELTS Prize 2018/19 Local Prize.

Winners demonstrate a strong aspiration and commitment to serve society

This year, the British Council interviewed over one hundred exceptional individuals who have excelled in their IELTS test and shown admirable aspiration in their plan to contribute to society, locally or abroad. While it was a tough decision for the judges, the winners demonstrated an outstanding level of academic commitment and excellent communication skills. These individuals will become British Council IELTS Ambassadors.  

Top three test takers in East Asia have been awarded the Regional Prize

Three regional prizes valued up to IDR 750 million have been awarded to top students in East Asia who will pursue higher education in their dream universities in the 2019/20 academic year. 

Regional Grand Prize winner, Dillon Chew, believes that the IELTS test has opened the door for him to top quality education in the emerging field of Biotechnology. He says, “extensive preparation for the IELTS test helped me stand out among applicants to the University of Cambridge. In addition, the financial support from the IELTS Prize has taken me one step closer to my dream”.

Local Prizes are awarded to three outstanding test takers in Indonesia

The three Local Prize winners in Indonesia are Andrea Feraldho, Michael Wijaya and Elmer Wahyu Bramantyo. Local First Prize winner, Andrea mentioned that “To have people believing in your dreams is not to be taken for granted. I am both humbled and grateful to the British Council Foundation Indonesia for believing in my dreams. I was not expecting to get shortlisted, let alone to win a prize because there were so many applicants whom I believe also did so well. Nonetheless, by winning the IELTS Prize I feel even a lot more motivated and focused on turning my goal into reality.”

Andrea Feraldho, a graduate of the Pelita Harapan University School of Medicine, is committed to improving the knowledge of Indonesia’s people in balanced nutrition as a disease prevention strategy. He will continue his studies in Clinical Nutrition and Public Health at University College London (UCL), UK. Meanwhile, Michael Wijaya who will continue his education at Humber College, Canada, will combine business and science management approaches by establishing a business that focuses on food security. Elmer Wahyu Bramanto, a graduate of Electrical Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), aspires to work in non-governmental organizations to distribute locally-appropriate inexpensive technologies, such as water purifiers, in disadvantaged areas in Indonesia. Elmer will pursue his education at the University of Edinburgh, Department of Management. 

“IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English proficiency test, with over 3.5 million tests taken in 2018. Through the British Council IELTS Prize, we are pleased to subsidise high-calibre individuals who demonstrate the potential to contribute to society after their studies”, said Trish Thomson, Regional Marketing Director, East Asia.

The British Council provides test takers with a full range of services, including pre-test support, in-test arrangements and post-test services. This includes access to Road to IELTS, a collection of specially designed online preparation and practice materials for registered students, including practice tests. Test takers also benefit from easily accessible venues, flexibility when selecting test sessions to best suit their schedules, and the timely receipt of their Test Report Form. To learn more, please visit