British Council IELTS Prize Helps Students in Hong Kong to Make Their Mark Through International Study and Realise Their Dreams

  • The UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural opportunities announces the East Asian winners of its prestigious IELTS Prize
  • 27 talented students from across East Asia will receive a share of GBP 72,000 prize fund helping them to realise international study ambitions
  • Winners of the 2022 British Council IELTS Prize in Hong Kong will pursue their study in UK and Canada.
  • The IELTS Prize virtual award ceremony will be held on 13 October 2022 to celebrate all winners in the presence of their family, friends, and the next potential winners.

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 28 September 2022 - The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural opportunities, has announced the winners of the 2022 IELTS Prize. In its tenth year, the IELTS Prize has supported more than 330 students in East Asia to date; helping them pursue their dreams of studying abroad. This year, 27 prize winners in East Asia are added to the list, including three outstanding IELTS test takers Hong Kong who have been awarded the IELTS Prize local prizes.

The British Council received over 1,600 applications and interviewed over 70 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.

Local IELTS Prizes are awarded to three outstanding test takers in Hong Kong

The winners are Joelle Chow, Nicole Yu and Gabrielle Tse.

First Prize winner Joelle Chow feels honoured to be awarded the local IELTS Prize 2022 and taking the IELTS and winning the IELTS Prize has allowed her to realise her dreams. She says, “I owe much of my life’s success to the British Council and its English courses, with early education in the English language having been fundamental to my academic and social successes”.

Millions of students had to readjust their study plans due to the continued disruption of the pandemic. IELTS, the world’s popular high-stakes English proficiency test, has been a crucial part of students’ entry requirements, especially for East Asia which is one of the largest markets for students wishing to study in the United Kingdom, the US, Canada and Australia.

Heather Forbes, Regional Exams Director, British Council East Asia said, “The IELTS Prize recognises those high performing students that demonstrate the academic excellence and commitment to the communities they belong to. More importantly, the winners show the determination to take what they learnt during their time abroad and utilise their knowledge and specialties to benefit their home countries once they return. It is our privilege to assist these ambitious and intelligent individuals in their professional and academic journeys. We believe that promoting international studies is key to helping students thrive in the future.”

The British Council in East Asia also invites all students planning to study abroad and interested in taking IELTS tests to the 2022 IELTS Top Tips Sharing with the IELTS Prize winners which will be live-streamed on British Council IELTS Facebook pages across East Asia on 13 October. The online event is open to anyone, and it will be great opportunity to learn from the IELTS Prize winners’ on how to ace IELTS test and how their lives have and will change as they embark on their new study journey.

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Notes to Editors:

About IELTS Prize
Since 2011, the British Council IELTS Prize (East Asia) has enabled more than 330 IELTS test takers to pursue their studies around the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and more.

The IELTS Prize is awarded to high-calibre individuals with the motivation to develop their career, to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any chosen discipline in a higher education institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements around the world. While the IELTS Prize is not aimed at students in any one particular discipline, the British Council is eager to support test takers who demonstrate the potential to contribute to society with what they have gained from their undergraduate or postgraduate study experience.

More information can be found at

2022 IELTS Prize winner list






Joelle Chow

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

MA in Public Health


Nicole Yu

Concordia University

MSc in Biology


Gabrielle Tse

The University of Edinburgh

MSc in Comparative Literature


Soo Hyun Lee

Goldsmiths, University of London

MFA Fine Art


Hyeji Kang

Duke University

MSN (Family Nursing)


Jeong Mo Choi

UAL Central Saint Martins

Industrial and Product Design


Tsung-Yen Hsieh

University College London

Language Sciences (Neuroscience, Language & Communication)


Meng-Ting Kuo

Leiden University

Advanced LL.M. International Children's Rights


I-Ting Tu

University College London

Pediatrics and Child Health


Maria Astrid Susanti

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Human Resources and Organisations


Bella Shintya

University College London

International Planning


Hans Liawan Sanjaya

Universitat Pottsdam

Digital Health


Cason Yong Kwan Xhen

University of Oxford

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)


Melody Chong Ai Ching

University of Bristol

Psychology of Education BPS (MSc)


Veenaa Logenthiran

University of Dundee

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Clinical Medicine


Claudia Long

The University of Edinburgh

Architectural Conservation


Melody Lio

City, University of London

Human-Computer Interaction Design


Anukriti Banerjee

The London School of Economics and Political Science

International Health Policy


Putthisak Panomsarnnarin

Durham University

International Relations


Suphanat Woradit

University of Bristol

Management (Digitalisation and Big data)


Punyanuch Likitteerasub

University of Lincoln

Clinical Animal Behaviour


Anna Madel Asuncion

University of Northampton

MA Youth and Community Leadership


Jay Paul Ely Tena

Macromedia University (Munich)

Master in Media and Communication


Julian Andrei Imperial

University of Glasgow

MSc City Planning



Liverpool John Moores University

MSc. in Data Science



Fulbright University Vietnam

Art and Media



University of Bristol


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About 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 millions of tests taken in the last year. More than 11,000 organizations 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 Assessment English.

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).

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