What is the International Baccalaureate Programme?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. A group of talented, forward-thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools, created the IB Diploma Programme. What started life as a single programme for internationally mobile students preparing for university, has today grown into three programmes for students aged 3 to 19. As of July 2022, there are over 7,500 programmes being offered worldwide and over 5,500 schools have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development (cf. https://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/facts-and-figures/).
The Diploma Programme is the third of the programmes and a rigorous two year pre-university course that leads to the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows students to fulfil the requirements of various national education systems, the Diploma Programme model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. For more information on the International Baccalaureate Organisation, please go to www.ibo.org.