IB signs memoranda of cooperation in South Korea to introduce IB programmes in Jeju and Daegu public schools

The Director General of the IB, Dr Siva Kumari has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Governors of Education of Jeju and Daegu to introduce IB programmes in public schools. The Governor of Education for Jeju, Mr Seokmun Lee, and the Governor of Education for Daegu, Ms Eunhee Kang signed the MOC, which came into effect on 12 July.

The MOC is a result of collaboration and thorough consultation over the last 12 months between the IB and the Jeju and Daegu Offices of Education.

The partnership between the IB and the Jeju and Daegu Offices of Education symbolizes a strong commitment to providing students with an IB education that enables them to develop into well-rounded, multilingual and open-minded critical thinkers so that they can respond to global, national and local challenges thoughtfully and optimistically.

The imminence of the fourth industrial revolution and increasing demand from industry for a workforce of agile learners, an IB education is more relevant and necessary than ever. Dr Kumari said, “We are excited and humbled that Mr Lee and Ms Kang have chosen IB programmes to lead their public schools into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I am confident that the IB will positively contribute to South Korea’s already highly sophisticated public education system and provide the students and teachers with an international education qualification accepted all over the world. We are looking forward to collaborating with our existing schools in South Korea, the Governors of Education and the teachers and students to be as helpful as we can during implementation”.

As part of the project - and with the support from the Jeju and Daegu Offices of Education -  the IB will make a select group of Diploma Programme subjects available in Korean, as well as providing support for the training and professional development for teachers in public schools that choose to implement IB programmes. An additional focus of the collaboration is to develop a relationship with South Korean universities to ensure the Diploma Programme is well recognized within the country. This will allow students who have acquired the IB Diploma to have access to universities of their choice within South Korea.

Jeju Governor of Education Mr Lee said, “The greatest shift in Korean education has embarked. It will no longer require a single answer per question, but allow hundreds of answers to a question, where the inquiries are asked and answered by the students themselves.”

Daegu Governor of Education Ms Kang said, “I am pleased to announce that the conclusion of the MOC will lay the groundwork for implementing IB programmes in Korean public schools and promote the innovation of public education in Korea by leading the growth of teachers and students”.