Scholarly and peer-reviewed research on the IBDP and its impact on university admission rates globally has confirmed for decades that there is a strong correlation between IBDP graduates and their success rates for entering colleges and universities both nationally and internationally (Bunnell, 2015; Lai, Shum, & Zhang, 2014; Wright, Lee & Feng, 2018). Dr. Wootten, HoS at BNI stresses, “IBDP teaching at Beaconhouse Newlands Islamabad is data-driven, student-centered, and delivered in classes with a small student to teacher ratio”.

Decision-makers who reside over selection committee panels of higher education institutions prefer IBDP graduates because they bring qualifications related to critical thinking skills (Resnik, 2018), acquired research techniques including theory building and mixed methods (Fitzgerald, 2015), and a deep understanding of global citizenship and international-mindedness (van Oord, 2018; Walker, Lee, & Bryant, 2015). This is equally the case for the newly introduced IBCP, the Career-related Certificate (Hill, 2018).

The cited and acknowledged background for this established trend is the compulsory CORE (Extended Essay [EE] of a transdisciplinary focus of 4000 words, Creativity, Action & Service [CAS], and the course, Theory of Knowledge [ToK] (Fitzgerald, 2015). Sold connections to applied real-life learning scenarios are underpinned throughout the IBDP curriculum (Hill & Saxton, 2018; Wootten, 2017).