A b o u t t h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l B a c c a l a u r e a t e ®
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.
Our three programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,290 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 969,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
M i s s i o n a n d s t r a t e g y
The IB is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.
We value our hard-earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.
We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
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.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.
We hope our students will help to build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
More than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded.
The IB is different from other curricula because it:
- encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
- is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
- encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.
A continuum of international education
We provide a continuum of education, consisting of four individual programmes. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
Best practice from a range of curricula
Unlike a national curriculum, IB programmes reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment.
Students think about how they learn best
Through IB programmes, IB students “learn how to learn”, studying our unique theory of knowledge (TOK) course. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.
Our programmes help IB students:
- ask challenging questions
- think critically
- develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.
IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.
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