I was thumbing through the September issue of IB World today and came across an article entitled Diploma Programme gets thumbs up. In a nutshell, a survey of university admissions officers in Britain indicates the IB Diploma is the best preparation for university and work, when compared with other qualifications taken on leaving school, such as A levels. The reasons for this were as follows:
- 57% stated the DP includes workplace skills
- 76% feel that it promotes self-management skills
- 72% feel it helps students to cope with pressure
- 23% believe it gives students an entrepreneurial or positive approach to risk-taking
I've written before about the great preparation the DP has given to both my children - both now will be working in good jobs in areas they are passionate about. I think they have fulfilled the IB mission statement, developing into "inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect" - certainly things that are needed in today's world. I feel incredibly grateful to the schools that my children have attended, to the teachers who nurtured their passions and skills, who helped them open the doors to their futures and who gave them the courage to step forward into them.