International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Organisation

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (I.B.O.), an educational non-profit making foundation, founded in 1968, has its roots in the joint efforts of a group of international schools who wanted to establish a common curriculum, accredited by universities, and which would benefit students moving from one country to another. The educational model would highlight critical thinking, stimulate intercultural awareness and foster tolerance between young people. A comprehensive curriculum was therefore designed for the last two years of Secondary education, the Baccalaureate stage, and which could be delivered in any country and be recognized by universities worldwide: the Diploma Programme. The I.B.O. currently offers three programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme, as well as a wide range of other services: curricular development and assessment systems, professional training for teachers and research on themes related to international education.

The main aim of the I.B.O. is the all-round education of young, responsible individuals, who display a sense of solidarity and are eager to learn, develop knowledge and are capable of understanding their own culture as well as the values and life-styles of others.

The I.B.O. has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Curriculum and assessment activities, as well as administrative and financial matters are carried out in Cardiff (United Kingdom), while research activities are carried out in Bath (United Kingdom).

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