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IB Diploma: the key to unlocking access to world-leading universities

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 14:00 GMT+7
IB Diploma: the key to unlocking access to world-leading universities
BIS Hanoi’s Class of 2019 at their graduation ceremony

After releasing impressive IB Diploma results in July 2019, The British International School Hanoi (BIS Hanoi) has recently announced some more achievements of the Class of 2019 with more than 80 acceptances from prestigious educational institutions worldwide, including world-leading universities within the Ivy League and Russell Group.

US and Canadian universities account for 43 percent of the university destinations, including Columbia University, New York University, Boston University (US) and University of Toronto (Canada).

Twenty-one percent are universities from the UK and Europe such as King's College London, University of Birmingham and University of Manchester.

Thirty-six percent of the offers are from universities in Asia, including Korea and Hong Kong.

Academic success is a key factor that leads to remarkable university acceptances. In July 2019, 95 percent of the cohort were awarded the IB Diploma with an impressive average of 33.5 points (the maximum IB score is 45), up from 32.4 points last year and significantly ahead of the global average of approximately 29.6 points this year.

“The teachers are so proud of our 2019 graduating class. They have worked incredibly hard to gain results that give them access to the world’s top universities. More importantly, through the IB Diploma Programme, our students have learned skills that will serve them well in an exciting, ever-changing future,” said Mr Tim Webb, Head of Secondary.

Achieving the IB Diploma is a valuable asset for the students as it demonstrates the ability to succeed academically and personally even in a rigorous and demanding programme. This curriculum has been proven as an effective preparation for the demands of university study.

The International Schools of Hanoi University Fair 2019 hosted at BIS Hanoi’s campus.

The International Schools of Hanoi University Fair 2019 hosted at BIS Hanoi’s campus

“Succeeding at university requires more than knowledge and impressive exam certificates, as in life, we must have the skill to problem-solve, think critically, communicate and collaborate," Mr Webb said.

Throughout the two-year programme, the students have learned to balance their time between a demanding course schedule, sports and community service activities to build an excellent profile with the aim to achieve acceptance to their top-choice universities. One of the main elements of the IB Programme is Theory of Knowledge (TOK), which enables students to develop their self-study along with critical thinking skills and prepares them for tertiary education.

Beside the ability to excel academically, the IB Programme also inspires students to stand out socially and personally among millions of university applicants in the world. BIS Hanoi students are required to engage and take part in Creativity – Action – Service (CAS) projects and contribute to their school, local and global community, for example in Hanoi, Mai Chau and Tanzania.

During their time at BIS Hanoi, the students had the opportunity to collaborate with Performing Arts students at the regional festival in collaboration with Juilliard; innovate with international students from 12 different schools at the regional STEAM festival; and problem-solve with students from 65 other schools at the UNICEF conference in New York.

BIS Hanoi is part of Nord Anglia Education, a family of 66 Premium International Schools across 29 countries offering personalised and dedicated learning to 64,000 students from two to 18 years old.

Yen Viet


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