- Featured Alumnus: Kwabena Amporful
- The 2012-13 global IB Alumni Advisory Council
- World Student Conferences bring together hundreds of IB students
- IB World Magazine
- Alumni and schools making headlines
Featured Alumnus: Kwabena Amporful
IB Diplomate, 1999
With the support of Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation, Kwabena Amporful, founder and CEO of the Institute of Teacher Education and Development (INTED), is working to build a professional development culture in schools in Africa; this summer, INTED piloted with 67 participant teachers and school leaders from 14 secondary schools across Ghana. Kwabena is a 1999 IB Diploma Programme graduate, as well as an alumnus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Behind the Scenes: Introducing the 2012-13 IB Alumni Advisory Council
The 2012-2013 IB Alumni Advisory Council launched in early September. The council is represented by 37 members from around the globe. These members will guide the development of the IB alumni network and support our growing alumni community.
Is your country represented on the council? We have members who attended an IB World School in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Bosnia, Tunisia, Italy, France, China, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, and the Isle of Man.
This year, the council’s initiatives include: supporting local alumni groups and chapters; strengthening social media channels and publications; building upon the resources available for alumni network members; and contributing to joint projects that support the IB mission. While all positions have been filled for this year’s council, the council will begin accepting applications for new members in July 2013. You may submit comments and questions to this year’s IB alumni advisory council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Student Conferences bring together hundreds of IB students
In July 2012, the IB partnered with two universities to host the 2012 IB World Student Conferences. The conferences were held in Segovia, Spain at IE University and Vancouver, Canada at the University of British Columbia.Over 561 IB students attended from 50 different countries representing 190 IB schools.
The conferences provided a full week’s schedule of lecture, discussion and activities. However, you don’t have to hear it from us – while at the conference, students volunteered to blog about the event and you can catch up on the day-to-day:
Segovia blog; Vancouver blog.
The conferences were designed to create a unique opportunity for students to take their education outside of the classroom and learn about the international community that shapes the world around them. More than 40 students attended the conference with the support of a variety of need-based scholarships.
The focus of this issue of IB World Magazine surrounds the subject of international education, what it means to teach and learn in a rapidly changing world (and in radically different IB World Schools). The issue also explores how teachers are working with technology to create new opportunities for students.
Inside this edition: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of the world’s largest NGO, BRAC, explains how he revolutionised primary education in Bangladesh, and philosopher A.C. Grayling ponders what the word ‘global’ really means, alongside fascinating snapshots of international learning in action in very different parts of the world.
The International Baccalaureate is setting up an IT Competency Center in Singapore to provide IT expertise to the entire IB. We are actively recruiting for 20 IT professionals. Openings include:
- IT Application Manager
- Application Support & Team Lead
- Data Architect
- Sr. Analyst Programmer/Analyst Programmers
- IT Governence & Process Manager
- Usability Analyst
- and more…
To apply, please visit our careers site: http://www.ibo.org/jobs/
Alumni and schools making headlines
Around the world, IB students find themselves headed to top universities. Here’s a roundup of the latest headlines:
- Brampton grad headed for Ivy League: Among just 5.9 per cent of applicants accepted to Harvard this fall, one IB grad looks forward to his studies with a full scholarship.
- ‘Big Bang’ for King Edward’s school: Graduates from the United Kingdom headed to Oxford and Cambridge.
How do you balance life as a student-athlete? While students take on this challenge every year, the IB is looking forward to a partnerhips aimed at helping athletes make the grade:
- Exams for top athletes: Launching an International Baccalaureate qualification designed for athletes.
- New, improved and revving to go: A senior in Florida tackles both the IB and his athletic career.
IB schools and educators taking a creative approach to learning:
- Westerville IB students build ‘green’ house: Students from Ohio drew up plans as part of their community service project.
- Education in Film – the IB Film Program: An IB educator shows how film invites students to immerse themselves in other cultures.
- 2012 Conference of the Americas: 10 videos featuring alumni, educators and throught leaders disussing their experience in the changing landscape of education.