The IB or not to be?
Written by: Lorena Brašnić
In an increasingly globalised world, where nationality is less relevant and education is the most valuable quality, students are willing or even required to bring their education on a higher, international level. And of this quality, there is no more appropriate educational programme than International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. “It is an international approach to a globalised world,” says Katy Ricks, head of Sevenoaks School in Kent.
Unique and outstanding programme
The IB develops qualities in students that top universities want: expert subject knowledge; the skills good students require – research, essay writing, footnoting; but above all, the spirit of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, the ability to challenge, argue and ask questions. The programme consists of six main subjects which candidate can choose by himself according to areas of his interests. It also includes three parts that are core elements of IB Diploma Programme and that makes it unique – the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). They allow students to explore local environmental issues, look at certain things from different perspectives, reflect upon the flourishing of the mind, body and spirit, but at the same time, it requires hard work, discipline, perseverance, dedication and stepping out of their comfort zones. For this reason, IB Diploma Programme isn’t for everyone, but for open-minded and motivated students.
The IB moves the intellectual boundaries worldwide
The IB fosters a shared purpose – it brings students and institutions around the world in touch for which reason IB is well recognised in the world. It states the belief that there is no limit to intellectual endeavour.
The IB develops future leaders, people who know how to collaborate and who know the value of teamwork, people with analytical ability, international understanding. The IB develops what a global society and a local community can’t survive without – individuals who want to make a difference, who have developed the compassion and sense of public duty to contribute. Considering all that, it is the best possible preparation for university, for the workplace, and more importantly, for life.