The annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Awards and Graduation for the 2016/17 cohort took place on Monday 22nd of January at the historic Guildhall in London.
Over 500 wine and spirits professionals from across the globe attended the event to celebrate the achievement of this year’s 440 WSET Diploma graduates.
Graduates and award winners hailed from the UK, USA and across Asia, with 56 honoured from the Greater China region. This number was comprised of 36 from China, 18 from Hong Kong and two from Taiwan.
Six of the Greater China cohort also achieved special awards for their outstanding results. Congratulations to Yechong Chen and Philip Kin Chung Wong from Hong Kong, Jiaying Deng, Yunxia Gao and Minjie Wu from Shanghai and Pengtao Wang from Shenzen on their achievements.
The WSET Level 4 Diploma is the trust’s highest qualification and requires an in-depth knowledge of wine and spirits to be awarded. Those who receive the Level 4 certification are recognised globally and are given a WSET certificate, lapel pin and the right to use the post-nominal DipWSET and associated WSET logo.
WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris said he was extremely impressed with this year’s results.
“Thanks to the hard work of our educators, Approved Programme Providers and the WSET team the academic year 2016/17 marked 15 years of consecutive growth for WSET, with over 85,000 candidates worldwide completing a WSET qualification during the year. Our graduates and award winners come from all walks of life, both within the drinks trade and outside, and we’re proud to honour their achievements. We hope they will inspire others across the world to develop their education.”