Three Malaysians Win British Council IELTS Prize To Pursue Their International Study Dreams

The British Council has announced the winners of the 2021 IELTS Prize. Tan Pei Jing, Hadhinah Binti Ahmad Puaad and Senthil Kumaran Raja Kumar are the three outstanding Malaysians amongst the 26 prize winners in East Asia.

Tan Pei Jing, who hails from Klang Valley, is the First Prize Winnie in Malaysia. 

"IELTS Prize has given me the confidence to be bolder in taking chances to explore, experiment and hopefully excel in various fields of life. There is nothing more motivating than seeing the joy in my parents' eyes when they heard that I won the IELTS Prize," said Tan.

Tan will be pursuing Applied Science at the University of British Columbia; Hadhinah, Masters in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health, while Senthil in Media and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.

This year, the British Council received over 600 applications and interviewed over 80 high flying individuals, who not only excelled at their IELTS test but explained their intentions to contribute to the society locally or abroad after study.

"The IELTS Prize recognises those high-performing students who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to excel during the international study. More importantly, they show the determination to take what they learnt during their time abroad and use it to benefit their communities when they return home. It is our privilege to help these talented individuals make their mark in the world that is rapidly changing. International study is one way they can prepare themselves to thrive in the future," said Trish Thomson, Regional Marketing Director for the British Council in East Asia. 

In its tenth year, the IELTS Prize has supported more than 300 students in East Asia to date, helping them pursue their dreams of studying abroad. 

The British Council in East Asia also invites all students planning to study abroad and interested in taking IELTS tests to the 2021 IELTS Award Virtual Award Ceremony, live-streaming on British Council IELTS Facebook pages across East Asia on 30 September. This online event is open to anyone, and it will be an excellent opportunity to learn from the IELTS Prize winners how to ace the IELTS test and how their lives have and will change as they embark on their new study journey. 

For more information about the IELTS prize, visit

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