IB alumni from Asia

We reached out to IB alumni from across Asia and asked them to share their experiences from the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP). Read more about why these alumni chose to do the IB, and where they are today.

Hiroe Hu

Hiroe Hu – Kobe, Japan

Hiroe Hu graduated from the IB Diploma Programme (DP) at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan and continued her studies at Brown University, USA. She is currently conducting research at University of California San Francisco before her final year of medical school at Touro University California.


Kalyani Subbiah – Singapore

After gaining a scholarship to study the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in Singapore, Kalyani returned to India to pursue an integrated master’s degree in humanities and social sciences with a focus on development studies. Her goal is to continue to pursue academics while working to improve the lives of those around her.

Elif Vardar

Elif Vardar – Istanbul, Turkey

Elif Vardar is an IB Diploma Programme graduate from Istanbul, Turkey. She believes the IB allowed her to take classes in areas she already had interests in, while developing skills and being exposed to subjects that she would not have otherwise known about. After completing the DP, she attended the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Neamah Hussein

Neamah Hussein – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Neamah graduated from the Diploma Programme at the Dubai International Academy in 2013. She attends Princeton University, where she is studying computer science. She is currently an intern at Facebook.

Hugh Hsu

Hugh Ho-Sun Hsu – Shanghai, China

Hugh Hsu completed the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in 2015 at Fudan International School. He is currently attending the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he is studying global business. He is interested in entrepreneurship and startup companies after he completes his studies.

Karin Bjerde

Karin Bjerde – Shanghai, China

Karin Bjerde received her IB diploma from the Shanghai American School in China, and continued her studies to complete a Masters in Economics and Business at the Stockholm School of Economics. She is now Head of Growth at Kognity, a company that provides intelligent textbooks to schools in over 75 countries.

Hande Guzel

Hande Güzel – Istanbul, Turkey

Hande Güzel completed the Diploma Programme at Eyüboglu Schools in 2007. Hande has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations, a master’s degree in comparative studies in history and society, and is currently attending the University of Cambridge, where she is pursuing a doctorate in sociology focusing on the body, gender, sexuality, and medicine.

Steph Gao

Stephanie Xin Yue Gao – Shanghai, China

Stephanie Xin Yue Gao received her IB diploma at the Shanghai American School, China. She is pursuing her university studies with interests in literature and critical theory, English, book and media studies, and visual studies.

Aimee Hall

Aimee Hall – Tianjin, China

Aimee followed both the MYP and the DP at the International School of Tianjin in China. She now works in purchasing and procurement.