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The IB Diploma: A Qualification That Defies Boundaries

April 06, 2015

Why is the IB Diploma often considered the best preparation for higher education and careers in today's global economy? Why are more students, teachers and universities around the world looking to the IB Diploma Programme as key to student success after high school? Read on to learn more.

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As more schools around the world look toward offering an international education like that offered at the British International School of Boston, more and more are also looking to the IB Diploma Programme.

According to an article from The Telegraph published last week, the IBDP is not only growing in popularity among the world's teachers and students, but with university leaders as well. 

David Rose, head of Dwight School in London, told The Telegraph that the research skills students gain through the IB Diploma help make the program good preparation for university.

“It doesn’t force students to specialize too early and it develops other skills apart from just memory and regurgitating facts,” he said in the article. “At university there is nobody there to spoon feed them and say ‘This is what you need to know’, so you need to know how to investigate and ask the right questions.”

According to the article, some colleges in the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world, including King's College London, are even beginning to lower their admissions requirements for IB Diploma holders.

Peter Fidczuk, UK development manager for the International Baccalaureate Organization, told The Telegraph that universities and employers are looking for the skills the IB develops, such as time management, using initiative and independent working.

IB students study maths and English to a high level, so are both numerate and literate, and their experience in giving presentations helps make them articulate, he said in the article.

Click here to read the full article and learn more about the benefits of the IB Diploma Programme.

The British International School of Boston offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as its only high school diploma option. BISB graduates have consistently attended some of the top colleges and universities in the United States and around the world, including Harvard University, King's College London and the University of Notre Dame.

Click here to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the British International School of Boston.