Congratulations to British Council IELTS scholarship Myanmar winner Saw Melvyn Kolay who was awarded a £2,500 scholarship for further study in Singapore.

From among 800 applications in East Asia, the three top students in the region each received a £25,000 scholarship to pursue further education overseas.  

Sooyoun Kim from Korea, Wongsathorn Jiraphanvanich from Thailand and Thandar Aung from Myanmar are picked for their performance in IELTS, study aspirations and potential contribution to society.  

Quotes from 2014 scholars:

Hein Min Htike (Cardiff University)

While learning for IELTS, I learnt important academic terms and methods to structure my essays to effectively present my argument in my assignments. Not only this, I believe it is essential for me to be able to read academic texts to expand my knowledge in the field of advanced computer science. IELTS helps me prepare all of these skills to allow me to study higher education abroad.

Htin Kyaw Thu (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS)

IELTS is the best practice field for someone who is about to embark an academic journey. The test is systematically designed to examine more than the language capability of student but other soft skills such as critical thinking, logic, appraisal, analytical skills and presentation skills in every linguistic aspect as possible as well. The test not only enables me to reach my dreams but also perfected my language skills that are essential for every future interaction in my further study.

Saw Melvyn Kolay (Myanmar) Kaplan Higher Education Singapore

“Political and economic changes, technological improvements, health issues and employment prospects are some of the vital colours which paint the canvass of tomorrow. To survive as a vibrant portion of this canvass, we will all require strength. Education, is strength.”

Thandar Aung (Myanmar) Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

“I would like to thank the British Council for the IELTS scholarship, as this has made my dream of contributing to and leading the health sector reform process in Myanmar come true. This is because I believe that I would become equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to do so during my Master studies in International Health, which the scholarship will be funding, and I hope these scholarships will continue to inspire many generations to come.”

Sooyoun Kim (Korea) Durham University, UK

“IELTS study opened my eyes to a wider contribution, which is encouraging cultural exchange between the museums and cultural heritage institutions of Korea and other countries with my language ability. By improving my English skills through IELTS, I hope to play a part in helping people understand each other better and broaden their minds.”

Wongsathorn Jiraphanvanich(Thailand) University of Cambridge

“The IELTS Scholarship scheme has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my higher education at the University of Cambridge. In the end, it is not about being the best, but doing the best in the things you most love and enjoy. IELTS test results reflect one’s mindset, proficiency and passion in the English language. It serves as a highly reputable qualification that leads students into top-notch universities around the globe.”