IB Learner Profile


Central to the IBO's philosophy is the IB Learner Profile. According to IBO regulations and central to MEF's philosophy, IBDP students are expected to strive to exhibit the traits of the IB Learner Profile. They strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers as well as to be knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, and reflective. These traits make students into well rounded individuals who are proactive in creating a more harmonious global community and have correlations with academic success.

To acquire each of these traits, it is paramount for IB students to take RESPONSIBILITY not only for their own learning in the class but for their actions outside of the classroom. IB students must understand that all actions have both positive and negative consequences. Moreover, they must learn to pursue proactively a lifestyle that ensures both positive results in the classroom and in the local, national, and global village in which they share. The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

*Please note that much of the information explained above pertaining to the IB Learners Profile is taken from www.ibo.org