University Camilo José Cela (UCJC) has obtained a positive result in the audit carried out by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB), which has rated it as “exemplary”, so that it will continue to train teachers who wish to specialise in IB educational programmes at schools around the world in the coming six years. UCJC is the only Spanish university to impart the IB certificates in teaching and learning for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
The IB audit has focused on five areas of the academic degrees offered by UCJC: planning and design, staff, syllabus, quality assurance and logistics and communications. In conclusion, the report notes that “the team continues to be impressed with the planning, organisation, delivery and quality assurance processes within the syllabuses”.
The IB team also indicated that the UCJC programmes “have been designed in such a way as to promote commitment to an international mindset and intercultural understanding, which permeates throughout the programme, not only in the specific IB units”. In addition, it emphasises the importance of applying the knowledge learned in international schools and at SEK International Schools. “The value of this authentic IB experience has been clearly proven through discussions with students and teachers.” UCJC has developed, according to the report, “an exemplary model in which the programmes developed by the School of Education are supported by IB professionals which, furthermore, are usually part of the network of IB educators”.
The mission of the IB is to contribute to the development of the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills necessary to live, learn and work in an increasingly globalised world. They foster in the student an international mentality and help their all-round development.
With the UCJC, just 44 universities in the world are certified to qualify IB teachers. Currently, over one million students attend the IB programmes, from 4,600 schools in 140 countries.
This recent audit UCJC supports UCJC to continue training and certifying teachers in IB programmes through its Master’s Degree in International Education and Bilingualism bilingual option (English and Spanish) and the Expert in International Education and Bilingualism in Spanish, to teach the PYP, MYP and DP. Also, the Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and the Degree in Primary Education, both in offered bilingually (English and Spanish), allow future teachers to obtain the IB certificate to teach the PYP programme.
SEK Education Group pioneered the implementation of the IB programmes in 1977. The authorisation of IB schools and universities is subject to monitoring the quality of their teaching through very thorough evaluations.