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Mission and strategy

The 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.

We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.


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We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

All of this is captured in our mission statement.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The IB has seen tremendous planned growth in the past five years, delivering successful performance through a strong focus on quality, access and infrastructure.

The new strategy builds upon our successes and ensures that the IB has a clear direction for the next five years. At its heart lies our ambition to establish the IB as a global leader in international education.
To achieve this, the IB Board of Governors has endorsed the vision together with a set of strategic goals and strategic objectives.


To more consciously establish the IB as a leader in international education as we continue to work toward our mission is the vision of our new strategy.

Working collaboratively with schools and educators, we will develop distinctive, high quality programmes of international education to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students and to influence thinking about international education globally.

"For many years the IB has played an important role in changing
the lives of students through a strong academic curriculum. IB
programmes engage students in an international education
that provokes a greater acceptance and understanding of the
world around them. I am delighted to see such a forward-looking
organization setting its future strategy in a way that will enable
more students to benefit from an IB education ."

Carol Bellamy, Chair of the IB Board of Governors.