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50th anniversary

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A vision for a better world: The IB is founded, paving the way for groundbreaking developments in international education.

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Our global vision: Our vision is to foster open and enlightened minds through education programmes crafted to suit students at all development stages between 3 and 19 years old.

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Our international footprint: The IB is taught in 4,775 schools across 153 different countries.

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Opening up the world through language: The IB champions the development of languages throughout the whole of its education.

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Graduates in action: Marina Catena graduates from the DP programme. She now serves as the Director of the World Food Programme and promotes the spirit of the IB through her humanitarian work and courageous approach to life.

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The Middle Years Programme is launched: The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students aged 11 - 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Using global contexts, MYP students develop a deep understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

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The Primary Years Programme is introduced: The PYP is a programme that helps develop a wider range of learning in younger minds aged 3 - 12.

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Community in action: Aga Khan Academies adopt the Diploma Programme

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What makes an IB student unique? The IB's Learner profile describes a range of capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

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Educators shape our education: Our curriculums are continuously developed in collaboration with our IB educators across the world.

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Equipping students with the skills to succeed: The Career-related programme is launched, offering a new framework of skills based learning for students aged 16 - 19.

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Graduates in action: Japanese astronaut and IB graduate Akihiko Hoshide takes his first space walk

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The Chicago Study: Research published shows that IB students are more likely to attend college

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Recognised for our contribution to education: The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is shortlisted for the prestigious WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Award

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The IB launches first-of-its-kind eAssessment for MYP students: We make assessment work for students by aligning it to their needs and developing improved communication based on feedback.

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Graduates in action: IB graduate Justin Trudeau takes office as Prime Minister of Canada.

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Promoting lifelong learning globally: In 2016, the UN launches Sustainable Development Goals including “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”, and the IB's programmes demonstrate a strong alignment in all areas.

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Shaping the future: As we mark our anniversary, we look forward to continuing to learn and grow with our global community.

Join us as we celebrate 50 years.