Government partnerships

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) works with a variety of government bodies, around the world.

If you are a government representative interested in working with the IB, please contact the regional office relevant to your location.

Government partnerships with the IB

You can read about some of the IB’s government partnerships below.

Canada

The IB has agreements with several provincial governments in Canada, covering:

  • Broad educational reform
  • Access to IB programmes for all students
  • IB teacher suppor
  • Integration of IB into state systems
  • Linking the IB with state higher education.

For more detail, download the document below: 

Overview of provincial IB policies in Canada [46KB] pdf

Ecuador

The government of Ecuador has embraced the IB, transforming its state secondary schools through implementation of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Ecuador now has one of the largest populations of DP students in Latin America. One-third of state sponsored high schools in the country intend to offer the DP.

Read research on programme implementation in Ecuador [138KB] pdf

Germany

In Germany, the IB offers assessment and support services for history, biology and theory of knowledge (TOK) in German.

The Central Agency for German schools abroad (ZfA) makes the DP available to interested schools outside Germany, covering subjects in German.

Both organizations have agreed to extend their cooperation agreement until 2018.

Japan

Since May 2013, the IB has been working closely with the government of Japan to develop a dual language IB Diploma.

The Project enables the DP to be both taught and assessed in Japanese, in selected subjects including economics, history, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, as well as the DP core components: theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay, and creativity, action, service (CAS). 

The first external assessment in the Japanese language will be in November 2016.

Malaysia

In 2013, the government of Malaysia conducted a review of the world’s best educational systems. Based on the review, it selected schools to implement the IB’s Middle Year Programme (MYP).

The IB now provides services to a number of Malaysian state schools, in collaboration with Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM).

As part of the agreement, the IB provides professional development for both school leaders and teachers.

Republic of Armenia

In February 2014, the government of the Republic of Armenia signed an agreement to recognize the DP.

The agreement strengthened the implementation of IB programmes within the country by providing workshops to national educational authorities, in accordance with IB regulations and practices.

Republic of Macedonia

In July 2013, the IB and the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) signed an agreement to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the MYP in Macedonian state schools.

Spain

In July 2014, the government of Spain signed an agreement with the IB for joint educational initiatives.

The agreement covers a number of points and means that graduates of the DP and IB Career-related Programme (CP) can gain entry to the Spanish university system.

The MYP now has equivalence with the national secondary curriculum (ESO) within the Spanish education system.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The IB works two regional bodies in the UAE. These partnerships:

  • aim to ensure that quality and integrity are maintained in both the licensing and administration of the IB programmes in Abu Dhabi private schools. The IB is collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)
  • focus on strategic co-operation on research and thought leadership, capacity building and coordinated school visits in Dubai. The IB is collaborating with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

United States of America (USA)

The IB has agreements with several state governments in the USA. These cover:

  • Broad educational reform
  • Access to IB programmes for all students
  • IB teacher support
  • Integration of IB into state systems
  • Linking the IB with state higher education.

The following document covers these agreements in greater detail:

Overview of state IB policies in the USA [74KB] pdf