How does the IB prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution?

Study International | August 14, 2019

The IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma is one of the fastest-growing and most popular college pathways in schools today, particularly international schools. Offering an alternative to the long-standing O’ Levels, it’s an assessment programme for those aged 16-19 and is widely recognised in universities worldwide. While academically challenging, it’s also known as a balanced programme that enhances a student’s personal development – addressing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. There has been much talk in the education industry today about the fourth Industrial revolution and if students are being adequately prepared for it. According to TechTarget, “The fourth industrial revolution is the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live and work.” While the fourth industrial revolution builds from the third, it’s considered a new era due to the rapid growth, expansion and disruption of the new technologies. It’s so disruptive that students today will be graduating into a workforce and applying for jobs that currently don’t exist. So how does the IB, as a preparation programme for university, get them ready for this new era? In an exclusive interview with StudyInternational, Stefanie Leong, Head of Development & Recognition Asia Pacific, International Baccalaureate shed some light on the topic.

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