International Baccalaureate celebrates growth in UAE with 100th programme authorization​

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is celebrating its 100th programme to be authorized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – the authorization of its Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Emirates National Schools’ Ras Al Khaimah Campus.

The IB, which offers four educational programmes for students aged 3 – 19, has seen significant growth in the UAE over the past decade, with the number of IB World Schools tripling from 16 in 2009 to 48 in 2019.

The MYP, designed for 11 – 16 year olds, encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the world. A highlight of the MYP has been the introduction of its award-winning eAssessment; an on-screen examination designed to enhance engagement and encourage critical thinking. Through the MYP and eAssessment, the IB aims to equip students with adaptable, future-ready skills, in line with the UAE’s goal to develop a highly skilled and highly productive workforce, as outlined in its Economic Vision 2030.

Dina Khalaf, Development and Recognition Manager, UAE, at IB, said: “As the world continues to rapidly change, the need for an education that provides a lifelong advantage has never been more apparent – this makes it even more rewarding to see the IB’s continued growth in the UAE and to reach the milestone of 100 programmes in the region. 2019 was a momentous year for the IB, marking 25 years of the MYP and the IB’s first Global Conference to be held in the Middle East, and we look forward to continuing this success in 2020 and beyond.”