About the IB

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programmes. To learn about the authorization process, visit our Become an IB World School section.

The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. We work with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

For information about the IB’s achievements, initiatives and future strategy, read our annual review.

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The International Baccalaureate® (IB)  is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.

Governance and leadership

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is led by the Board of Governors, the Director General and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Facts and figures

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) publishes a range of statistics and information regarding the organization's work.


Research plays a central role in the development, quality assurance, and assessment of impact of IB programmes and services. The IB both conducts its own research and partners with leading universities and research institutions across the world.

The IB by region

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) works with schools and educators around the world, with representatives in our three Global Centres,  The Hague, Bethesda and Singapore; our Foundation Office in Geneva; the Assessment Centre in Cardiff; and our office in Buenos Aires.

The IB by country

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) has a presence in countries throughout the world. There are IB World Schools across the globe, and universities worldwide recognize the strength of our Diploma Programme.