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Former International Baccalaureate Director General George Walker Launches New Book “Changing Face of International Education: Challenges for the IB”.

Former International Baccalaureate® (IB) Director General, George Walker, shared insights into the organization’s 40-year growth and unique educational programmes at an open house and book launch held on 30 June at IB’s Americas Global Centre, Bethesda, MD. Walker’s newly released “The Changing Face of International Education” examines the challenges facing international education in the 21st century as well as the IB’s role in it.

“Growth of the International Baccalaureate is linked to an increased recognition of the importance of international education in a global society,” said Walker. “Our expansion also creates many challenges, particularly in the United States, as there are many different – and often misleading – interpretations of what encompasses an international education.”

George Walker cut a celebratory cake with colleagues during the launch of his new book at the IB Americas’ Global Centre in Bethesda.

From L to R: Dr. Ralph Cline, School Services Director, Dr. Siva Kumari, Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Tait, Professional Development Director, Mr. George Walker, Paul Sanders, Global Head of University and Government Recognition, Drew Deutsch, IB Americas Director.

The IB has experienced worldwide growth of 11 percent within the last year, recently authorizing its 4,000 programme in Wixu, China at the Taihu International School. George Walker’s new book offers insights into the history of the IB, as well as a look into how IB World Schools and educators are shaping today’s generations of students and preparing them to meet the challenges of globalization in the 21st century.

Copies of the book are available on the IB Store at

Watch the speech on IBtv.