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Universities survey says IB develops key skills in students
In their 2017 Survey of University Admissions Officers, the ACS International Schools (ACS) and IB Schools and Colleges Association (IBSCA), explored how the Diploma Programme (DP) compares to A-levels. For the survey, 81 university admissions officers at various universities across the UK were interviewed between 8 March and 21 April 2017.
DP students prepare for trip to help refugees
On World Refugee Day, held every year on 20 June, the UN and people around the world commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, nineteen IB Diploma Programme (DP) students in New York are preparing to contribute to this global effort by giving their time and talent to try and improve the lives of Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic.
University of Southampton sets entry requirements for the Career-related Programme
The University of Southampton (a Russell Group university) recently published entry criteria for the IB Career-related Programme. Southampton - one of the UK’s leading universities - has now taken a formal position on the CP as preparation for higher education. Due to the flexible nature of the CP, the University has stated a number of entry requirements:
University of Nottingham supporting IB Diploma Programme applicants
The University of Nottingham has endorsed the DP by developing a suite of bursaries for exceptional achievement by international students in the DP. These bursaries are only available to IB students and demonstrate the value placed on an IB education by the university. Students starting in 2017 and 2018 will be eligible for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship, which recognizes the academic merit of students who achieve 40 points or more in the DP.
Low-performing US state school sees exceptional improvement
A low-performing US high school has shown exceptional improvement in teaching and learning following the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme (DP), writes education columnist Jay Mathews for The Washington Post.
Alaska teacher helps every student to succeed
John Ruhlin, a teacher at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska passionately believes that every student deserves an equal chance.
The CP paves the way for medical staff
Thirty-seven Career-related Programme (CP) students at Walnut High School, California, USA are on their way to pursuing careers in the medical field following a three-year CP/Project Lead the Way (IBCP-PLTW) Biomedical Sciences Program.
Revolutionising post-16 learning with the CP
In the past, vocational and academic education were seen as mutually-exclusive choices. Students would have to pick a “side,” stick to it, and follow that choice through. Now, an alternative approach that brings vocational and academic paths together for students aged 16-18 is proving popular writes Jon Severs for TES magazine.
60 second interview advocating for the IB
In a 60 second interview with British Education Magazine, John Claughton explains why he strives to develop the IB in the UK after abandoning A-levels in favour of the Diploma Programme.
Reducing the STEM gap in Australia with DP
Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach recently addressed the decline in high school student enrolment in science and mathematics in Australia, and how the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is playing a major role in decreasing the STEM gap.