International Baccalaureate sets up new global centre in The Hague,
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 November 2010 – The International Baccalaureate (IB), a leading global
provider of international education for students aged 3 to 19, has set up three global centres in The
Hague, Maryland (USA) and Singapore as part of their strategy to sustain ongoing double-digit
growth, to increase access, to attract highly qualified and motivated international staff and to
strengthen ties with the more than 3,000 IB World Schools across 139 countries. The transition to
three global centres began in the second half of 2009 and is expected to be complete by the end of
2012. The headquarters remains in Geneva, Switzerland.
Following a period of comprehensive and detailed analysis of possible sites, the Board agreed to set
up a global centre in The Hague which was, after careful consideration, considered to be the best fit
for the future needs of the IB.
When the move is complete, the new global centre in The Hague will be home to a number of the
IB’s global departments such as Academic Development and Assessment, Communications,
Language Services and Human Resources and house close to 250 employees.
With an expected worldwide community of 10,000 schools by the year 2020, the International
Baccalaureate is expecting to recruit for close to 60 positions in The Hague in 2011 and a further 110
over the following 2 years, many of them in academic fields such as curriculum development,
assessment and regional schools services.
The regional office for Africa, Europe, Middle East will also be located within the global centre and
will provide services to over 800 IB World Schools in the region. “The IB continues to experience
strong growth as more schools recognize its value in meeting the educational needs of the world in
the 21st century. The relocation to The Hague is an important step in enabling us to have the
capability to meet this demand now and in the future”, said Adrian Kearney, Regional Director.
The IB has long enjoyed a close relationship with The Netherlands, and there are already 17 IB World
Schools offering one or more of the three IB programmes. Senior officials at the IB acknowledge the
role that The Netherlands has played in recognizing the importance of an international curriculum,
and the importance of learning languages through subsidized bilingual schools and native language
programmes outside The Netherlands.