Today, The International Baccalaureate Programmes are established in over 150 countries. There are more than 4900 schools offering one or more IB programmes around the world. The objective of the original programme was to “provide an internationally acceptable university admissions qualification suitable for the growing mobile population of young people whose parents were part of the world of diplomacy, international and multi-national organizations” by offering standardized courses for students aged 16 to 19. (IB Diploma Programme) There are over 1700 schools that support various programmes in the IB Continuum in the United States. (Source: Wikipedia)
The administrative team at Al Bayan School, Kuwait, put this programme in motion in the Senior School. (1987) I served as the Senior School Headmaster and International Baccalaureate Coordinator. We worked with Robert Blackburn, Deputy Director General of the IBO, who was responsible for Africa and the Middle East.
At the World Goodwill seminar in London in 1988, Mr. Blackburn made the following comment:
“In the modern world, if education is not a global education, it is not an education for survival. As the world becomes more interdependent, there is a growing need for a curriculum that fosters international understanding and that can be followed by students in different countries. The International Baccalaureate Organization administers just such a curriculum.”
International Baccalaureate Continuum
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Jamie Seim, CFP, recently sent me a monthly newsletter published by Wells Fargo Advisors. Jamie Seim is a Wells Fargo Advisor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. One of the articles, Smart Giving to Grandchildren, by Rachel Hartman caught my attention.
“$41 trillion in assets will be transferred between generations in the next 50 years”
Before taking steps to aid a grandchild’s education, medical expenses, business or even future home, you’ll want to consider key financial factors. ( Deborah P. Lauer, Wealth Planning Strategist for Wells Fargo Advisors)
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In the 19th century, “manifest destiny” was a widely held belief in the United States. American settlers were encouraged to expand west across North America. “Go West, Young Man, Go West” is a phase often credited to American author, Horace Greely. In an 1865 editorial for the New York Tribune, he wrote favorably about westward expansion.
Fast forward 151 years… and the times have changed. Americans are not leaving the cities but moving to urban communities. More than half the world’s population currently live in or near cities and this trend will continue. One way UNICEF defines urban is “where a significant majority of the population is not primarily engaged in agriculture or where there is surplus employment”. So people are heading to the cities to start a new life, pursue a career, and/or start a new business as a young entrepreneur.
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In the last blog,” Asian Students Flock to American Universities” begs the question, Why?
The key to academic research success at American Universities is the economic commitment made, by the United States, to provide the “best”. The cost of doing research is very high and you need financial resources in order for the university faculty and staff to deliver significant amounts of cutting-edge research. These universities are receiving a minimum of $40 million in federal research expenditures. According to the Center for Measuring University Performance there are 165 institutions that meet the criteria. (117 public and 48 private universities)
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American Universities – The Gold Standard!
THE DREAM – Grandparents want their grandkids to have the opportunity to go to an outstanding university…at a reasonable cost! For many…their grandkids will be the first to attend university. Families want their children to go to the best universities, have world-class professors as instructors and study cutting-edge curriculums that will position their children to move into 21st Century Careers.
Out of the Top 20 universities in the world, America holds 16 places and Europe 4. In the Top 100, America has 55 universities, Europe 35 and Asia/Pacific region has 10.
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Made in America ! Doesn’t mean as much to the world today as it did thirty or forty years ago. During that time, I had the opportunity to visit more than 25 countries and saw how American “know how” was borrowed by other nations. We were the model of innovation and believe it or not, today, we still are.
The United States of America is 325 million strong. No other country is able to impact the world in so many different areas from business and technology to medicine or education. Sixteen American universities are in the top 20 in the world. We have the most international companies on the list of the Global Fortune 500. The world still looks our way for “vision” as we enter the 21st Century. Your grandkids should be proud to be Americans!
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