The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year pre-university programme for learners aged 16 to 19 with the aim to develop the academic success and personal development of the students. The IBDP curriculum comprises theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. This curriculum encourages students to think independently and determine their own learning, become culturally aware, and engage with people in a globalised world.
As such, it is no surprise that IB students are also more sought after by top universities as confirmed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in 2016, which states that they are more likely to attend a top 20 university and achieve a first-class honours degree. Nexus International School Malaysia has also seen a fair number of its students enter universities such as Oxford University, London School of Economics, Duke University, University of British Columbia, Nanyang Technological University and many more.
This year, Nexus outperformed the world average for IBDP by 5 points with a Diploma average of 34.6 points. The worldwide average for IB Diploma is 29.6 points. A total of 31 learners sat for the IB Diploma in 2019 and almost one in four learners achieved a score of more than 40 points, placing them in the top 10% worldwide.
Students are required to take on Creativity, Action, & Service (CAS) projects as part of their IB Diploma.
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This year also marks the second time in three years that a Nexus learner has achieved the maximum IB score with Khoo Qi Xuan scoring 45 points. He is one of only 213 students worldwide to achieve this, placing him in the top 1%. Adding to that, he is also a recipient (and the first Malaysian) of the Karsh International Scholarship to study Economics and Computer Science at Duke University in the USA.
“Indeed, my journey with Nexus is one of personal growth and intellectual development, brimming with diversity and exciting challenges. My IB journey with Nexus will definitely be one of the most colourful pages in my book of life,” says Khoo.
Another top achiever, Lee Zhi Yang, who scored 42 points, said, “The IB is a very rich and fulfilling programme as it offers a lot more extra-curricular activities which can help enrich you as a person. There are a lot of opportunities for you to grow and I felt I actually did grow a lot and it was mostly possible due to the teachers at Nexus who helped me tremendously along the way.”
Nexus Open Day
Discover the IB Diploma Programme and other programmes for primary and secondary students at the Nexus Open Day on 16 August from 10am to 12pm. Meet with teachers and top scorers from the IB cohort to get a first-hand knowledge of the curriculum and learn how Nexus helped them achieve success. Register now at their website.