British Council in Indonesia announces winners of the IELTS Prize 2018/19

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

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 www.ieltsasia.org/id


For more information, contact Aria Buditama, Assistant Examinations Marketing Manager on +62 21 29333480 or aria.buditama@britishcouncil.or.id 


Notes to Editors:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration with over 3.5 million tests taken in the last year. Over 10,000 organisations 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 the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.


The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for education and cultural relations. Dedicated to building trust through the exchange of knowledge between people worldwide, the British Council is represented in over 100 countries.


About the test


Test takers are measured in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest band).


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


A sample of government and professional associations who recognise or require applicants to hold an IELTS test result include:



  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada

  • Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection

  • UK Visas and Immigration

  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and National Council of State Boards of Nursing, USA

  • International Monetary Fund


About the British Council


The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with - changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. www.britishcouncil.org

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