Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programmes. To learn about the authorization process, visit our Become an IB World School section.
The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. They work with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At their heart they are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.
They value their hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. They achieve their goals by working with partners and by actively involving their stakeholders, particularly teachers.
They 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.
All of this is captured in their 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.
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