- The International Baccalaureate (IB) founded in 1968
- Offers 4 programs of international education – PYP(1997), MYP(1994), DP(1968) and CP(2012)
- Schools offering any of the above programs must be authorized by IB to become an IB world school
- Foundation office in Geneva and Assessment centre in Cardiff;
- 3 Global centers : Asia-pacific (Singapore); the Americas (Bethesda); Africa, Europe and the middle east (The Hague)
- Governance and leadership: Led by Board of Governors, Director General and Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
- Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance and assessment of IB Program outcomes
The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.:
Benefits of IB for students
Students at International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools are given a unique education. They will:
- Be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
- Take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
- Become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
- Be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
Why the IB is different
International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. It strives to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
IB programme frameworks can operate effectively with national curricula at all ages; more than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded.
The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:
- Students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
- Develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
- Encourages students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
- Develop multilingual students.
A continuum of international education
The IB provides a continuum of education, consisting of four programmes that are united by the IB's philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
IB programmes incorporate quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. They encourage students to be internationally-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world.
Students learn how to learn
Throughout all the IB programmes students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile.
Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed; this is further to our unique theory of knowledge course. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.
The IB programmes help IB students:
- Ask challenging questions
- Think critically
- Develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.
The IB teaching style
An IB education aims to transform students and schools as they learn, through dynamic cycles of inquiry, action and reflection. Teachers enable and support students as they develop the approaches to learning they need – for both academic and personal success.
IB programmes aim to help students explore and construct their own personal and cultural identities.
Education in IB world schools:
- Centres on learners
- Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
- Works within global contexts, helping students understand different languages and cultures
- Explores significant content, developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meets rigorous international standards.