What is the GIB Diploma Program?

What is the IB diploma program?

“Carefully, consistently, and impressively, the IB program has become the most respected pre-university education program in the world.”

(International Quarterly)

The International Baccalaureate (IBDP) is the first program established by the IB organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and was officially recognized since 1968. The Diploma program is offered in high school and at the most prestigious schools in the world for students aged 16-19. It was later expanded to include primary schools (PYP) and secondary schools (MYP). Today, more than 5000 schools are offering the IB program in 157 countries. There is also an IB career-oriented program that has prepared students for vocational training since 2012.

Origins of IB philosophy

Marie-Therese Mauerte (1890-1989), a French teacher at the International School of Geneva, wrote her work “Do Education Techniques for Peace Exist” at the request of UNESCO. His work was inspired by his father, Paul Dupuy, a former history lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris and the first teacher to use the term "synthetic geography" at Ecolint. This work of Mauerte later formed the basis of IB philosophy.

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Education for a better world

What are the pros of IB/GIB diplomas?

  • The IB Diploma is accepted as a university entrance document by all universities in the world.
  • Graduates of IB schools, which also offer the GIB diploma as the final qualification, gain the right to study at German universities. This means that GIB is on par with Abitur.
  • GIB graduation is recognized as a certificate of German language skills required for university admission in the Federal Republic of Germany since 2019.
  • Students receive "IB Training" based on "International Thinking" and while supporting their education with practical applications at school, they are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, and are prepared for university in a way that develops their personal, social, and future-oriented skills and abilities apart from the challenging curriculum.

What makes IB education special?

In addition to the challenging curriculum, students are encouraged to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners. Since its introduction in 1968, the diploma program has followed a constructivist and student-centered approach. The curriculum is shaped according to students' experiences and knowledge, reinforced with concrete practices, and transferred to other contexts. In IB education, students are at the center of learning. They take responsibility for their learning and consciously reflect this on their learning processes. Therefore, IB education is based on a holistic approach designed specifically for students' self-learning.