Dr Siva Kumari, the IB’s director general, said: “I extend heartfelt congratulations to students worldwide receiving their results today. They have shown a thirst for knowledge, a determination to succeed and a conviction in their ability to take on their next best step equipped with high quality preparation.
“Higher education institutions and employers alike are telling us we need young people who can collaborate, communicate and think critically while creating new knowledge. Research suggests that an IB diploma prepares students with these skills. Our alumni are addressing the challenges humanity face with open-minds and creativity. I wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and for making our world better”.
Set up originally in the 1950's to offer a transferable education for Diplomats working for the UN, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and the more recently added Career-related Programme (CP) – which is often linked with other external vocational qualifications – have increased in popularity around the world in recent years.
This year, some 623,000 exam papers in 72 languages were marked worldwide by over 13,700 examiners who followed internationally bench-marked grading criteria across subjects to ensure consistency.