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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a Swiss-registered non-profit educational foundation. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB works towards this aim through four main activities:

  • Development of curriculum
  • Assessment of students
  • Training and professional development of teachers
  • Authorization and evaluation of schools


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Founded in 1968, we currently work with over 3,800 schools in nearly 150 countries.  Next to half of all schools offering IB programmes are public institutions, and many offer local or national education programmes alongside IB programmes.

Our four challenging programmes of international education annually reach close to 1.2 million students aged 3 to 19 years, and help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Many IB students go on to the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world.

The IB, while entirely independent of any government authority, closely partners with a number of governments around the world to assist in the implementation of IB programmes in state schools or to facilitate access to IB education for local students in a number of other ways.  

Our partnerships page provides greater details on how we work with individual governments.

Many governments have specific policies outlining how IB programmes are recognized in their jurisdiction. Such policies are especially important when they impact transition from IB programmes to higher education or other courses of study.  

For examples of recognition policies, please select from the list of options in our country web pages.

To review, update or create a policy recognizing IB programmes in your jurisdiction, or to learn more about potential partnership opportunities with the IB, please contact the IB representative in your region.  They will be happy to provide you with whatever information and resources you need to make informed policy decisions.

IB Africa, Europe, Middle East
IB Americas
IB Asia Pacific

For general information on the recognition of IB programmes, please visit our IB recognition pages.

The IB continually conducts and commissions research and investigations into the impact of an IB education.  Find a wealth of evidence and resources on our IB research pages.

For general data on the IB, please visit our facts and figures pages.

IB students are inspiring figures.  For personal accounts from IB students, please visit our featured student pages.

Our partnerships page has more information on the IB’s relationships with individual governments.

Regional contacts:

IB Africa, Europe, Middle East
IB Americas
IB Asia Pacific