International Baccalaureate (IB)
Founded in the 1960s, the International Baccalaureate Organisation evolved from an international effort by schools to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for geographically-mobile students. The IB Diploma now has wide acceptance and is held in high esteem throughout the world.
It is a two-year program in the final years of secondary education that is designed to:
- prepare students for tertiary studies;
- provide students with a balanced education;
- foster critical thinking skills;
- encourage cultural understanding and tolerance;
- enable students to move between countries and cultures without affecting their education; and
- develop international awareness and broadened perspectives.
The IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. A student who is awarded the IB Diploma has demonstrated a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of the subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.
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 organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
The 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’. IBO 2009