The IB has formalized the partnership with the Ministry of Education in Jordan through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This agreement will seek to implement the Diploma Programme (DP) into the King Abdullah II Schools for Excellence, provide training and development support, and explore and promote the advancement of new educational opportunities for Jordanian youth.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to build and strengthen a commitment between the IB and the Ministry of Education to offer the IB framework to King Abdullah II Schools for Excellence. This partnership will also provide professional development and training opportunities , facilitate cooperation between educational institutions offering the IB, and increase student, educators, and teaching capacity in the region.
The agreement was signed by the Minister of Education, Dr. Azmi Muhafza, and the Director General of the IB, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, and the ceremony was attended by several government officials and school leaders from the region. During the signing, Dr. Muhafza expressed "[I have] admiration for the quality of the International Baccalaureate programmes, and graduates and the skills they possess that qualify them for work and creativity."
Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at the IB, emphasized the importance of this cooperation, saying "The IB curriculum focuses on establishing identity, culture, and a first language among students, which in turn pave the way for respecting differences and other cultures. International mindedness is also central to our programmes, giving students a nuanced global outlook and understanding. Through this partnership, we aim to empower Jordanian educators and students to thrive and make a difference."
The Diploma Programme (DP) includes an accredited assessment for students aged 16 to 19. The DP assessment is respected by leading universities across the globe and considered a world-class preparation for university. The DP helps students flourish intellectually and develops and nurtures broader skills and values among learners, producing curious, confident, motivated and multilingual young people. Students join a cohort of creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers, nurtured with a rich depth and breadth of knowledge that will serve them throughout their life.