Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and it is taught to students aged 16-19.There are over 2600 schools offering the three IB programmes to over a million students. The DP was established to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum, leading to examinations, for students generally aged between sixteen and nineteen. Based on the pattern of no single country, it is a deliberate compromise between the specialisation required in some national systems and the breadth preferred in others.
The general objectives of the IB are to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. In the thirty years since its founding, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise.
The DP provides opportunities to develop both disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding that meet rigorous standards. It is a truly international programme incorporating the best educational practices from around the world, while remaining free from the influence of any particular system or government. In addition to academic excellence, it encourages inquiry, caring, open-mindedness, intercultural understanding, and the attitudes necessary to respect and evaluate a range of viewpoint.
“Carefully, steadily and impressively, the IB programme has grown to become the most widely respected pre-university curriculum in the world”(International Quarterly)