International Baccalaureate

Variety proves spice of learning life

Stephanie Wu

Local students embrace studying the IB programme because it offers them writing training, a common task at university, as the curriculum requires them to compose a 4,000-word extended essay.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:19am

Theory of knowledge improves critical thinking

TOK improves critical thinking.

"When I first found out I would be studying Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, I was intrigued and thought it would be interesting to explore a subject with no definite answers, like maths or chemistry," says student Anna Smyth...

27 May 2013 - 10:04am 1 comment

Learning Curve: bilingual education for the IB diploma

Students at ISF Academy study Putonghua. Photo: Dickson Lee

Bilingual education loosely refers to programmes in which a native language and a second language are taught as subject matter and used as medium of instruction for academic subjects.

24 Feb 2013 - 4:09pm

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.

Students in Form Six who have started their international baccalaureate (IB) programmes this autumn will find that success may depend on the subjects they choose.

30 Sep 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

IB shapes young minds

Jerrick To Tsun-ki got off to a rough start with the International Baccalaureate diploma programme last year. He was overwhelmed by the demanding curriculum and felt snowed under.

'My grades dropped a lot in the first term. IB has so many activities, you have to adapt to cope with everything,' said the Yew Chung International School Year 12 student.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Love of learning

For Chinese International School alumnus Lawson Wong, the wide variety of subjects he was required to study in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) encouraged him to become better-rounded.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

For inquiring minds

Parents browsing through the Renaissance College's primary section newsletters cannot but notice the ubiquitous use of words such as 'finding out', 'investigating' and 'researching'.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong schools offer the full IB menu

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers three programmes to help students develop the skills to survive and thrive in the globalising world. They are the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged three to 12, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for youngsters aged 11 to 16, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for young adults aged 16 to 19.

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

In praise of a programme that encourages students to think

The International Baccalaureate (IB) encompasses programmes in primary, middle and diploma years for students aged from three to 19. While many schools in Hong Kong now offer different curriculums leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, they may not adopt all of the IB programmes from the primary level.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

World exposure for young minds

There is no single measure of success for a system of secondary education, but perhaps the most obvious - at least in Hong Kong - is the number of graduating students taking up university places.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

From pupils to global citizens

The Singapore-based team overseeing the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in schools across the region has one headline objective.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

English Schools Foundation

New students at ESF primary and secondary schools in 2011-12 will be charged a one-off, refundable capital levy of HK$25,000. For children with two or more siblings already in ESF schools, the levy will be HK$10,000.



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27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

IB approach gets high marks from pupils

Invariably, IB students appear to be better motivated and enjoy the challenges of their studies

James Lo Yuen-fai Diocesan Boys' School

As a student of the Diocesan Boys' School (DBS), Lo opted for the IB route two years ago because of his intention to study in the United Kingdom and what he deems to be an open-minded curriculum.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am