2015 Higher Education Symposium

On October 27-29, at the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus 127 delegates from 32 countries gathered to discuss pertinent issues in providing pathways for IB students into tertiary studies. At the two day event 60 representatives from 49 IB World Schools joined 41 representatives from 34 higher education institutions to take part in a robust programme.

The two day programme was filled with keynote speakers, expert panels and networking opportunities designed to engage and enlighten participants, and give them ample opportunity to ask questions and network. Sessions covered:

  • Assessing college-readiness
  • Research on the impact of the DP
  • Using IB scores to predict student performance
  • Best practices in advising IB students
  • Issues and trends in UK, Canada and Europe
  • Updates from the IB
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*Participants from the following countries also attended the 2015 symposium: Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Ghana, Greece Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. 

The event kicked off with introductions by leadership from EUR and the IB and an inspiring personal story by an IB alumni, followed by an opening reception. The sessions on day 2 focused on assessment and research, best practices in counselling and using IB scores to predict university performance, and the day closed with a university fair and gala dinner. The sessions on day 3 gave featured representatives from universities in Canada, UK and NL, IB staff and alumni. ll the program was well received.  Attendees seem engaged in and appreciative of each session. 

Featured speakers and panelists included:

  • Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, The University of British Columbia
  • Dr. John Bader, Chief External Academic Relations Officer, International Baccalaureate
  • Jenny Bermingham, Senior Statistical Analyst, Higher Education Statistics Agency, UK
  • Krista Despotovic-Jacobson University Counselor, International School of Geneva
  • Dr. Enis Dogan, Associate Director, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
  • Dr. Philip Hans Franses, Dean & Professor of applied econometrics and marketing research of Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus School of Economics
  • Dr. Matt Glanville, Head of Assessment Principles and Practices, International Baccalaureate
  • Dr. Daniel Guhr, Managing Director, Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG)
  • Dr. Emma Jones, Statistical Analyst, Higher Education Statistics Agency, UK
  • Dr. Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, University of Oxford
  • Peter Loy, Director of University Counselling, American School of The Hague
  • Adri Meijdam, Executive Director, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Dr. James Monk, Head of Diploma Programme Development, International Baccalaureate
  • Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, Bath University
  • Paul Sanders, Global Head of Recognition, International Baccalaureate
  • Tom Schoehuijs, IB alumni and Technical University of Delft student
  • Borislav Slavov, IB and Rotterdam School of Management, EUR, alumni
  • Dr. John W. Young, Head of Research, International Baccalaureate