British Council in Taiwan awards IELTS Dream Big Fund to special needs IELTS test taker

4 awardees in East Asia receive a total of GBP20,000

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In September 2017, British Council launched the IELTS Dream Big Fund, which aims to provide financial support to special needs candidates who wish to pursue their dreams of obtaining higher education. The fund supports four special needs students in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan who plan to start their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in 2018 at a local or overseas higher education institution. Entries are judged on the merit of a personal statement, submitted by candidates as part of their application.    

Taiwan IELTS Dream Big Fund awardee, Tseng Po-Ying
Taiwan IELTS Dream Big Fund awardee, Tseng Po-Ying

Committed to changing lives by creating opportunities and building connections, equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of British Council's cultural relations mission. In the past two decades, over 500 special needs candidates in East Asia have realised their dreams by taking IELTS. The Singapore awardee, Ziru, commented that the IELTS Dream Big Fund is a true testament to British Council's goal to build more inclusive and open societies, thereby increasing opportunities for the youth.

The IELTS Dream Big Fund awardee in Taiwan, Tseng Po-Ying said that "It is a great honour to win the Dream Big Fund. With this fund, I will do my best to overcome all the difficulties in the process of pursuing my dream of studying abroad in order to help more people in the future."

Steve Adams, Director Examinations, East Asia explains that "through funding special needs candidates to pursue higher education and realise their study dreams, British Council is staying true to our mission as the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. With the IELTS Dream Big Fund, candidates with special needs are encouraged and supported to go the extra mile to chase after their dreams, which may, in turn, provide them with life-changing opportunities and lead to greater things."

In 2017, more than three million IELTS tests were taken globally. At British Council, personalised test arrangements are provided to IELTS test takers with a range of special needs, including visual, hearing, speech or mobility impairment, writing difficulties, spinal, neurological and mental illnesses, and several other disabilities which require special accommodations.

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For more information, contact Ms. Lisa Lin, Exams Marketing Manager on, +886-8722-1037

Notes to Editors:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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About the British Council

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