The IB Diploma Programme in the press worldwide
Two articles on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme caught my attention this week. The first was from the UK and the second from the USA. Both praised the programme in glowing terms, for the preparation it provides for university. The three key messages are:
1. IB DP studies prepares students extremely well for higher education and in a way that no other programme manages;
2. The IB DP is a qualification for choice for universities and gives good students an advantage over other systems;
3. This applies to top universities in the UK and to top schools and colleges in the USA.
I have reproduced some of the detail from the articles below, and provided links to the newspapers so that you can read the full articles.
IB develops the students top UK universities want
“The IB Diploma is a timeless classic, an icon of educational sense and high standards in a world where educational fashion shifts like hemlines”
“The IB develops students that top universities want: students with expert subject knowledge; with the skills good students require – research, essay writing, footnoting; but above all, with the spirit of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, the ability to challenge, argue and ask questions. Universities are clearly aware of this: the offer rate and acceptance rate for IB Diploma students is notably above other post-16 qualifications, including A levels, with an 87 per cent acceptance rate for UK-domiciled IB Diploma students last year. And in the US, the IB Diploma is a sought-after passport to top universities from Stanford to Yale.”
From The Independent. Read the full article here:
Students best prepared for US colleges by IB
“I feel very strongly that kids are best prepared for college by going through IB … The critical thinking and problem solving, the IB learner profile that is at the core of all learning, the amount of writing that’s asked of students is hugely advantageous. … But the level of discussions is what I’m most excited about seeing from our kids. … This program takes a kid and yanks them out of their comfort zone.”
From the Wichita Eagle. Read the full article here: