4 Important Ways The IBDP Prepares Students For The Future
The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme has grown in popularity, rivalling other options such as UEC, A-Levels, and national certifications like STPM in Malaysia over the past few years. Often seen as one of the tougher pre-university programmes available, the IB diploma programme is a two-year programme for students aged 16 to 19 that delivers a qualification recognised by universities worldwide.
Here are FOUR ways that the IB diploma programme prepares students for maximum university success and beyond:
- The IB diploma programme is designed to promote global citizenship in the classroom
Today the world is more interconnected than ever before and it’s important for students to learn how to work with people who have different backgrounds and outlooks on life. The programme excels at preparing students for their future because developing a global perspective is an essential part of becoming an IB learner, not an afterthought. Each of the IB curricula is focused around issues with personal, local, and global significance so that students are immersed in different cultures and traditions from an early age.
2. Strong foundation for future success in the 21st century
On their way to becoming IB learners, students learn to become skilled thinkers, inquirers, communicators, and risk takers through the IB diploma programme’s self-directed and independent learning that leads to research and applying problem-solving skills to real-world situations.
3. An answer to the ‘Whole Child’ development
IB learners are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities; the IB curricula place equal weight on learning inside the classroom as well as outside the classroom through its core components – Creativity, Action, Service (CAS):
- Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking.
- Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
- Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning with academic value.
The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.
4. A passport to top universities
For students planning to study at a global university, the IB diploma programme may be a good fit. The programme is internationally recognised and prepares such students for studying overseas, as well as providing access to global scholarships specifically for IB diploma holders. In fact, IB diploma programme can improve your chances of gaining admission into a top university. An IBO survey showed that the acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League universities is up to 18% higher than the total population acceptance rate!
Are you a student who would like to embark on a truly unique and formidable IB journey in Malaysia?
Located in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) is an exceptional international school that has achieved unprecedented student growth and produced well-rounded students with outstanding academic results. In the 2018 IBDP examinations, two SJIIM students scored a near perfect 44 points while most students boasted an aggregate score of 37 points, significantly higher than both the Malaysian and global average.