IB gains student preference for its intensive, beneficial courses

IB gains student preference for its intensive, beneficial courses

Dubai - According to the International Baccalaureate educational foundation, IB education is offered in 4,477 schools across 143 countries, and the UAE alone has 37 schools.



By Farhana Chowdhury

Published: Tue 29 Mar 2016, 11:11 AM

Last updated: Tue 29 Mar 2016, 1:17 PM

The multi-cultural environment in the UAE has given rise to a diverse range of schools, programmes and curriculum, leaving students spoilt for choice. Among these, the Switzerland-based International Baccalaureate (IB) is gaining attention for its uniquely designed courses, which promote creativity and guide students to adapt a critical mode of thinking.
According to the International Baccalaureate educational foundation, IB education is offered in 4,477 schools across 143 countries, and the UAE alone has 37 schools.
There are three categories in IB - primary years programme, middle years programme and diploma programme. Each caters to different age groups for a more concentrated approach, where children as young as three years old are enrolled for an early start and the oldest are 19 years of age.
Gone are the days of passing knowledge, facts and theory down one-way from teacher to student. The IB programme encourages both teachers and students to take on an interactive style of learning that opens up routes for in-depth discussions and a hands-on approach to education.
Teachers further take on the role of mentors, while students are inspired to make decisions and select their own topics for special projects so that they are better involved in their subjects.
Educators in IB strongly focus on research and writing, and note that peers stand as a role model of learning. Students are expected to develop critical thinking, which would later assist them in advanced university courses and real world scenarios.
This, paired with evolving digital technologies, would help mould students into competitive and productive adults of tomorrow.
- farhana@khaleejtimes.com
Categories of IB education
-Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 to 12
-Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16
-Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19


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