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Published by Afterschool.my on Jun 25, 2019, 11:49 am
Choosing a pre-university course is very important and never easy, especially when there are so many options these days. Here in Malaysia, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme has been a popular choice recently.
The IB Diploma is a two-year Pre-University programme that prepares its students for entry into university and is highly regarded as a rigorous yet balanced curriculum. Many top universities worldwide believe that it gives an edge to students once they begin university.
One of the key benefits of the IB Diploma is the breadth of the subject. The programme requires students to select several subjects from across the curriculum, keeping options open for one’s future pathway. This is seen as an advantage to those who are undecided in their career direction. For parents, they like the comprehensiveness of the programme, which encompasses languages, sciences, mathematics, arts, and societies.
Another key requirement is the 150 hours of CAS – creativity, action and service – a practical approach to learning by engaging in real life tasks. CAS adds a layer of development to IB students where they build critical and creative problem-solving skills across disciplines. As such, there is a notion that IB students who fare well in the programme will be well prepared for university. The IB Diploma is viewed as more balanced and well-rounded than other high school qualifications.
While academic success remains a crucial factor for parents and students, there is a growing awareness that the students’ personal growth and maturity are just as vital. The IB Diploma is known to encourage IB students to be inquirers, communicators, knowledgeable, principled, inclusive, open-minded and caring, and students should demonstrate the ability to be both balanced and reflective.
At Nexus International School Malaysia, the IB Diploma cohorts have consistently fared well since 2012 and many of the alumni went on to further their studies in universities such as Duke University, University College London, London School of Economics, John Hopkins University, University of British Columbia, and many more.
In addition, Nexus also strongly advocates global-mindedness, cultural diversity, and inclusivity, which is very much in line with the IB Diploma’s international goals. “The Nexus Way” – which encompasses mindsets, relationships, inclusion, and innovation – is the philosophy that the teachers practice to nurture and support the students throughout their studies and make them truly global citizens.
As we enter a new academic year, Nexus is currently offering Partial IB Scholarships for their August 2019 intake. Apply now for an opportunity to experience a curriculum that would truly set you apart from the rest. For more information, you may contact the Admissions team at 03-8889 3868 or [email protected]