2013 Higher Education Symposium

The first International Baccalaureate® (IB) Higher Education Symposium was held at Stanford University, USA, in 2013.

Sir Howard Newby, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool, in the UK, gave the opening keynote speech. He argued that the IB was leading the way in student mobility, in promoting access to higher education, and for producing students prepared to succeed at the postsecondary level.

In his own speech, Rick Shaw, Dean of Admissions at Stanford University said: “Stanford has long been a supporter of the IB curriculum as excellent preparation for prospective university students. We see the value of that preparation in the success of our undergraduates.”

Other speakers included:

  • Bob Berdahl, past president at the University of California-Berkeley, Oregon and Texas, USA
  • Andrew Arida, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • James Bock, VP of Admissions and Financial Aid, Swarthmore College, USA
  • Charis McGaughy, Director, Research Projects, Educational Policy Improvement Center, USA
  • Marina Tirado, Director of International Recruitment, IE University, Segovia, Spain
  • Andrew Beckman, IB alumnus and current Stanford University student, USA.


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The event was well received by attendees, and 84% of survey respondents indicated they were ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend the symposium to a friend or colleague. 


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