AIU announces new recognition of IB Diploma Programme

AIU announced latest updates to its recognition policies of IB Diploma Programme

The move from AIU, which evaluates and delivers equivalencies for international curricula operating throughout India to improve recognition by Indian universities, has been welcomed by the IB.

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) announced latest updates to its recognition policies of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) at the inaugural IB India Education Forum in conjunction with DIDAC India, which will improve recognition of IB students by higher education institutions.

Over 130 educators, decision makers and practitioners from schools and universities across India convened at the conference to hear the updates.

Sambhav Srivastav, Sectional Head of Evaluation, AIU, said “Previously the AIU only focussed on DP students who were awarded the full Diploma. However, after working with the IB and IB World Schools, we have updated our policies and will now provide students who achieve at least 24 points from studying three higher-level and three standard-lever subjects, an equivalent stage two qualification from an Indian board”.

The move from AIU, which evaluates and delivers equivalencies for international curricula operating throughout India to improve recognition by Indian universities, has been welcomed by the IB.

Stefanie Leong, the IB’s Head of Development & Recognition for Asia-Pacific, commented “The IB works closely with all IB World Schools and national organizations around the world to ensure that the DP is recognized and understood by higher education institutes; we welcome these developments from AIU and look forward to continuing to work with them”.

In addition to the announcement, delegates heard from inspirational speakers and participated in workshops and plenary sessions under the theme Transforming teaching and learning – planning for the 22nd century and beyond.

Speaking at the Forum, Stuart Jones, Head of IB World Schools, said “In our changing world, technology is disrupting the way we do everything, and is certainly impacting education to the extent that we need to re-think our approaches to teaching and learning. School leaders, who joined us for the IB India Education Forum, play the most important role in ensuring this leads to successful transformation for education for everyone”.

Ms. Leong continued: “Through the Forum we created opportunities to discuss, listen and learn from educators, scientists, and current and former students, on the role, focus and purpose of an IB education today, and in the future. By coming together and sharing best practice we are able to build a dynamic picture of the crucial necessity of an IB education and to inspire future learners to build a better world”.
As well as being able to share knowledge, delegates were also treated to presentations by current and former IB students from the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and DP.

Commenting on their MYP experience, students from Oakridge International School said “The MYP gives us the opportunity to express ourselves, we can play to our strengths and learn from our weaknesses in order to develop our learning. We learn throughout the programme, both by setting goals to understand individual tasks and assignments, and by developing skills such as organization, reflection, time management and open minded-ness.

“We know these skills will help us develop not only to graduate and achieve at university, but also grow into the wider world. Through the MYP we are learning the value of effective preparation and adaptability which will help us in every situation we have to face”.