IB Systems Transformation: Leadership for Change
"Schools can prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that have not yet been anticipated. It will be a shared responsibility to seize opportunities and find solutions.”
Education 2030: The Future We Want (OECD 2018)
A new learning experience at UWCSEA
With the intersection of technological change, social change, political change and climate change, the future world of work will be vastly different from now.
Innovating for an uncertain future is a strategic focus here at UWCSEA, and one of many ways that we are embracing this shared responsibility is through the development of a new pilot course option for the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) titled IB Systems Transformation: Leadership for Change.
IB Systems Transformation: Leadership for Change is an innovative new double standard level course, designed by UWCSEA in partnership with the IB, and is for students looking for further challenge and authentic, project-based experiences in their learning journey. This course will also help shift the IB Diploma worldwide towards a more flexible model with more real-world learning, more authentic assessment and greater student agency.
The IB selected UWCSEA and UWC Atlantic to partner with them in designing the pilot course as part of its wide-ranging, multi-year review of the diploma programme with the potential to introduce it globally from 2030.
The first cohort of students to begin this course will do so in August 2024 and entry to this course for August 2024 is selective.
"Complex challenges such as the climate crisis require bold and innovative changes in education. Students of this new pilot course will learn how to navigate these complex systemic challenges effectively, and how to leverage transdisciplinary expertise to generate innovative and empathetic solutions. Developed through close collaboration between the IB and UWCSEA, this pilot represents a truly exciting step forward as we review and innovate our Diploma Programme for the future.”
Olli-Pekka Heinonen, IB Director General
IB Systems Transformation: Leadership for Change explained
This course represents exciting innovation in the IB Diploma offering through which students are given the opportunity to deep dive into real-world projects in mission-aligned areas of interest. Through project-based learning students will explore how to connect and lead others; how to understand and navigate complex systems; and how to be resilient and adaptable in the face of challenges and failures.