IB stories

Over the past 50 years we’ve been proud to work with a community of inspiring people around the world. Our dedicated IB World Schools, students and teachers make a difference every day with the skills and qualities developed through teaching and learning in IB programmes. Here we share some of the highlights from students, schools and IB staff as they help make the world a better place through education.

A pioneer educator

As the IB celebrates its 50th anniversary, we speak to Chancellor Stephen Spahn, who shares the same milestone, about how an innovative mindset is key to a school’s success.

Featured alumnus Mason Ji

We are proudly telling the world about our alumni in our 50th anniversary year. Featured alumnus Mason Ji graduated from Interlake High School, US with a bilingual English-Chinese IB diploma.

Music teacher hits high note after secret student nomination

Renée, a teacher at Woodcroft College in Australia inspires her students so much with her teaching that they secretly nominated her for the prestigious ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award, and she won! Read about her passion for music, teaching and professional development in our interview.

Making eAssessments accessible for all students

An MYP student with a visual impairment has excelled in the MYP eAssessment as a result of adaptations to the onscreen exam environment. The IB’s Dr Kala Parasuram explains how making the examinations accessible was an important learning experience for all teams involved.

My experience of TOK

DP student Sea Yun Joung shares his experience of Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and how the course makes an IB education unique and benefits him as a lifelong learner.

Newly launched programme tells the story of the IB's global community to mark 50th anniversary

The International Baccalaureate (IB) and ITN Productions have launched ‘A Better World Through Education,’ a news and current affairs-style programme which explores how IB programmes have been preparing children for life, allowing young minds to flourish across multiple disciplines and multiple cultures.

George Rupp, Chair of the IB Board of Governors

As we approach a milestone in the history of the IB - our 50th anniversary – we’ll be speaking to many members of our worldwide community to hear their views on the role of the IB in our increasingly complex world and where they would like to see the IB heading in the next 50 years. To kick-start this series, we spoke to George Rupp, Chair of IB Board of Governors.

Leading economist works to reduce global poverty

One of the first people in the world to study the IB Diploma Programme was Shanta Devarajan, Senior Director for Development Economics at the World Bank. Shanta works to end extreme poverty in some of the most deprived parts of the world.

Raising awareness of humanitarian causes

A graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, Marina Catena works with European governments and foundations as director of the World Food Programme.

A lifelong love of language learning

Rosetta Stone CEO Tom Adams studied at St. Clares, Oxford, where the IB Diploma Programme opened his eyes to the power of multilingualism. 

The Swim for Life project

The United Nations International School of Hin Hanoi, Vietnam, launched a swimming programme in 2006 with the Ministry of Education and Training to help combat a public health issue. Up to 100 children learn to swim through the programme each academic year, empowering the community and students alike.

Why international education is needed now more than ever

The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will help create a more peaceful world. So if everyone were internationally-educated, would the world be a better place? Here, Robert Harrison from the IB talks about the important role education plays in creating a beacon of hope and positive change for the next generation.

The power of social and emotional learning

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) aims to prepare students to participate effectively in the world around them, which includes developing their social and emotional competencies. In this feature, former teacher Jenny Mosley looks at how her ‘Golden Model’ of learning supports this aim.