48 Bangladeshi students have been awarded the ‘Top in the World’ award from Cambridge Assessment International Education for their outstanding performance in the June 2018 examination series. The award recognises the highest achievers in a range of individual subjects across Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, and Cambridge International AS Level qualifications. Thirty-five students also achieved ‘Top in Country’ award in these qualification criteria. In total 98 students in Bangladesh received Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

These students were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at ‘Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award’ ceremony held at International Convention City Bashundhara on 8 December 2018.

The ceremony was graced by the presence of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Chairperson, BRAC as the Chief Guest and Kanbar Hossein-Bor, British Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh as the Special Guest. Among others Andrew Newton, Acting Director, British Council; Sebastian Pearce, Director Examinations, British Council; Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director, South Asia, Cambridge International; Satyajit Sarkar, Manager, East India, Bangladesh & Nepal, Cambridge International and Shahin Reza, Country Manager, Cambridge International were also present in the event.

Sebastian Pearce, Director Examinations, British Council, gave the welcome speech followed by a cultural performance by Sunnydale Students. Among other speakers, Khondokar Tamkin Saqir gave a speech representing the students.

Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director, South Asia, Cambridge International said, “Cambridge International’s main aim is to prepare students for life, by developing deep subject understanding and key skills such as creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving. It gives us immense joy to witness our learners accomplish their goals and dreams with the help of our programmes. We would also like to thank all the teachers and parents who supported and guided the learners towards the correct path and helped them achieve such success.”

Andrew Newton, Acting Director, British Council addressed the ecstatic students present in the venue. He said, “Your achievements as the top of the English medium education sector are the result of many years of hard work, courage and commitment.  May this be the springboard for even further success as leaders of your country."

The 48 ‘Top in the World’ award winners came from thirteen English medium schools in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has also seen a significant increase in the total number of winners and awards compared to the previous year. The British Council has been successfully offering Cambridge qualifications in Bangladesh, which is one of the most massive awarding bodies in the UK offering qualifications that have international recognition and importance. The ceremony acknowledges and rewards the excellent performance of the students to inspire them for their continued success and contribute to the progress of the country.