The British Council rewards academic excellence with IELTS Prize – six Sri Lankan students awarded scholarships for foreign universities of choice

The British Council Sri Lanka awarded six exceptional IELTS students from across the country with the promise of a superior university education, at the British Council’s IELTS Prize awards ceremony 2023 held at the British Council library in Colombo on Monday 27 November.

The winners were awarded up to £5,000 which would go towards their university tuition fees in English-speaking universities from across the world – helping ambitious young people turn their academic dreams into reality.

The annual competition is open to students who have applied for undergraduate or postgraduate studies -locally or overseas- through IELTS, with plans to commence their courses from January 2023 to March 2024. This year’s competition was open to IELTS-takers living in Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.

Following a rigorous application and selection, process six winners from Sri Lanka were awarded the highly coveted cash prize :   

1st Prize – Suhashie Thalgaspitiya

2nd prize – Dileepa Gamage

2nd prize – Raveesha Wickramasinghe

3rd prize – Kushadini Mallawaarachchi

3rd prize – Mohammed Raslan

3rd prize – Benjamin Tharmaratnam

Orlando Edwards, Director of British Council Sri Lanka was present at the ceremony to hand over the awards and also congratulate the winners on a job well done. “As well as facilitating students’ academic pursuits in worldclass educational institutions, the IELTS Prize grants them the freedom to travel to new countries, immerse themselves in new cultures, and become part of a global IELTS community,” he said.

Future applicants from Sri Lanka who wish to find out more information about the prize, the application process, and review frequently asked questions, should visit:

About IELTS   

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 11,500 organisations globally trust IELTS. These organisations include educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies.   


IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. Find out more about IELTS here:  

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We do this through our work in arts and culture, education and the English language. We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021-22 we reached 650 million people.

For more information on our work in Sri Lanka, please visit

Mohammed Raslan (3rd Price), Shanitha Peiris Marketing Manager Exams British Council Sri Lanka, Suhashie Thalgaspitiya (1st Prize), Orlando Edwards Country Director British Council Sri Lanka, Dileepa Gamage (2nd Prize), Dominic Hudson Director Exams British Council Sri Lanka, Benjamin Tharmaratnam (3rd Prize), Nimanthi Yatawara Accounts Relationship & Business Development Manager British Council Sri Lanka, Kushadini Mallawaarachchi (3rd prize) and Raveesha Wickramasinghe (2nd Prize)

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