More than 159,400 Diploma Programme (DP) students around the world received their results from the May, 2017 examination session on July 6.

This marks a 6.42 percent increase compared with last year, and they join a community of more than 1.7 million DP graduates in 152 countries worldwide.

These students received an average diploma score of 29.95 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 218 students achieving a perfect score.

“To all Diploma Programme graduates in our May 2017 session, to their IB teachers and IB Coordinators, our heartiest congratulations” Dr Siva Kumari, Director General of the IB, said.

“Every six months, we are extraordinarily privileged to witness what you have collectively achieved to meet some of the highest international learning standards in education.

"The IB’s preparation for entry to higher education is second to none and, in recognition of this, the world’s finest universities welcome DP graduates as academically well-prepared humanists, who will make mindful contributions to our world today and in years to come.”

“These effects are also confirmed by independent studies, so we know that the IB increases students’ academic achievement, and the probability of high school graduation and college enrolment.

"Other independent studies prove that our students are well-prepared to succeed in post-secondary study.

"And, perhaps most importantly, they are set to make important and inspiring contributions to their communities, and will help achieve the IB’s mission of education for a better world.

"I wish them all good luck and best wishes for a future we know they will tackle with energy and ingenuity.”

In this first session of 2017, more than 577,600 examination papers — the largest number since the introduction of the Diploma Programme in 1968 — were processed in 79 languages.

Examiners across the world worked together to establish accurate, internationally-benchmarked grading criteria across subjects, and ensure consistency throughout the evaluation process.

The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools.

For close to 50 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world.

At present, more than 1,4 million IB students attend 4656 schools in 152 countries.