Today, 174,355 students around the world are receiving their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) results.
They join a community of more than 1.95 million lifelong learners in 152 countries around the world. The number of students receiving their results in the UAE this year is 2,203, marking an increase compared to last year’s candidate numbers.
This year’s student cohort achieved an average DP score of 29.90 points (of a possible 45). This highlights the consistency of the global DP pass rate, which remains stable as the community of IB students continues to grow. This year, the UAE’s average DP score surpassed the global average at 32.80, with a pass rate of 93.77%.
Dr Siva Kumari, Director General at the International Baccalaureate, said: “I would like to share my heartfelt congratulations with all 2020 Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme graduates for their efforts over the last two years.
“An IB education has always been about more than results and, this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before.
“Every IB graduate should be proud of their achievements, not just in reaching this milestone, but in the great flexibility and commitment they have shown in overcoming such obstacles. We know that the IB has prepared them to be better learners for life — to be better, more critical thinkers, better at formulating excellent questions and finding the answers, and better suited to adapting to our ever-changing world.
“We at the IB wish this year’s graduates all the best for successful and fulfilling futures.
“We know that they will continue to make positive differences to the world as they progress in their lives and the many “new normals”.”
Following the cancellation of the May 2020 examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IB made a commitment that its students would receive their results in July, and they would receive a grade at subject level and be awarded the Diploma or Certificate. In order to achieve this, IB World Schools were asked to upload all internal assessment work and predicted grades. This meant that every enrolled DP and CP student who would have taken the May 2020 examinations and has completed all elements of the programmes’ core elements, has been issued with a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work.
During the pandemic, the IB has been in regular communications with universities around the world to ensure that all IB students are not at a disadvantage when applying to university. 400 institutions, from over 50 different countries, with representation from each of the continents, confirmed that IB results would be adequate for admissions this year and students treated fairly.
Paula Wilcock, Chief Assessment Officer at the International Baccalaureate, said: “The IB community has collaborated under extraordinary circumstances to keep students front and centre of our decision making. I would like to thank teachers, administrators, examiners, parents, and of course students for enabling us to issue students with a grade which is reflective of their work.”