Ib Diploma Programme

Learning Curve: How to navigate IB diploma's tricky waters

Students must choose subjects that not only satisfy the requirements of their diploma, but also those of their preferred university. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Cambridge University research shows that the exam results of youngsters after age 16 are a much better predictor of degree success. But that depends a lot on subject choices.

Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 3:05pm

A pass mark for liberal studies

Hong Kong universities have a tougher job than usual choosing students this year. They have to pick from those with the new Diploma of Secondary Education, the last-ever batch of holders of the Certificate of Education Examination and those who studied other curriculums, the International Baccalaureate the most prominent among them.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

ESF pupils come up with the Baccalaureate goods

Of the few pupils who achieved perfect scores for the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams this year, one in 10 came from Hong Kong.

Of the 109 students who achieved full scores of 45 marks on the global IB exams - considered one of the toughest pre-college exams in the world - at least 12 of the top achievers were from Hong Kong.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dual track to knowledge

Students taking the IB Diploma Programme (DP) are given a fantastic opportunity to study a range of subjects, to learn to apply knowledge practically, and to develop through activities and community service.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Classes and counselling give students The Edge

How does The Edge Learning Centre help IB Diploma Programme (DP) students to succeed? The breadth of subjects studied for the IB DP is one of its distinguishing features. But it can be challenging for students to choose what to take and to study so many subjects at once.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Difference in diploma programmes a matter of breadth versus depth

Parents often ask me how different international schools compare. Yet no one has asked about how students' abilities and needs compare with the demands of the secondary school diploma they will be undertaking.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Exam-obsessed education system is like an industrial production line

I write to support Vanessa Cheng Wat-kwan's letter ('Spoon-fed system bad for pupils', January 11). Her complaints about examination-based education are justified, and not restricted to Hong Kong's local schools.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Programme delivers on its promise

As an educator, Iyad Matuk firmly believes in the importance of all-round development and giving each student the chance to discover individual talents.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


I write in response to the column, Class Action, in the Family Post on October 9, where an international school teacher replies to an inquiry about the challenges of IB [International Baccalaureate]. He observes that 'universities and employers place high value on the concepts at the core of IB'.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Begin a new chapter

Are you an avid reader or writer? Do you love all things literary? If so, and you are looking for ways to motivate your children to read more, a growing number of literary festivals around the region offer enrichment programmes for children and teenagers alongside events for adults.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

ESF prodigies ace tough exam

It took an hour and a half for some to get their results, but it was worth the wait. English Schools Foundation students continued to perform superbly in their International Baccalaureate exams.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

ESF candidates raise the standard for IB exams

It took an hour and a half for some to get their results, but it was worth the wait as English Schools Foundation students continued to perform stunningly in their International Baccalaureate exams.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

In choosing school, learn from students

Choosing the right school or curriculum for a child is understandably of much importance to all parents. But how do you make a good choice? Pragmatic factors such as financial affordability and school location are valid concerns. It is disputable, however, whether an overseas curriculum is necessarily superior to the local system.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

DBS programme suits experimental, inquisitive minds

Diocesan Boys' School (DBS) is catering to different learning styles by offering a parallel IB programme for students in senior years.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

World awaits IB graduates

Their broad knowledge and rich exposure have opened doors for many IB graduates, with one study showing they were more likely to be enrolled in Britain's top 20 higher education institutions.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am