Year in review 2017 - 2018

The IB’s Year in review summarizes the progress made throughout the past financial year based on the IB’s mission and key performance indicators. This year, we are presenting the IB’s Year in review 2017–2018 in a new light, with a dedicated interactive website showcasing recent developments and updates.

The Year in review presents the key performance indicators (KPIs), looking at the development of the IB programmes over the year, the financial overview, showing the IB’s financial position and revenue, plus a deeper look at some success stories from the IB community.

We explore four impact areas—schools, lifelong learners, students and communities. In each impact area we present four different stories that highlight milestones from the past year. Get to know more about the IB’s journey in 2017–2018 by reading about the different themes below.




5,000 schools of all types, all over the world, have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development—building a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.


IB students are independent, lifelong learners—exceptionally well prepared for higher education and other career paths—who make a difference to their communities and the world.


The IB is recognized for its impact on communities in many positive and varied areas—in professional development, in our educational partnerships, in making excellent education accessible for students from all backgrounds—continually setting new standards in international education. 

Lifelong learners

IB students, teachers, examiners, schools, associations and staff form a large, ever-growing community of lifelong learners. The IB strives to improve the experiences of all these stakeholders by developing new techniques and processes, including assessment solutions and expanded professional development opportunities.