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The International Baccalaureate Leaves Cardiff! Tragic Loss

Cardiff is to lose its position as home of the European office of the International Baccalaureate according to a report in the Guardian . The International Baccalaureate is the main rival to the A level in the UK (HS Diploma in the US). 100,000 take the IB diploma worldwide and at least 3, 315 in the UK. 300 are expected to lose their jobs in Cardiff when they relocate their offices to Amsterdam. This is a major blow to UK education.

Monique Seefried who is chair of the board of governors in the UK told the staff that Cardiff was too remote a location for the program. She told staff that Cardiff has very poor transport communications. The IB has seen some tremendous growth over the last year, and Cardiff is just not an adequate place for it. It has been in Cardiff for the last 20 years.

Many of us ex pats have complained about Cardiff’s lack of a high enough profile in the world, and it totally rubbish airport. I found it very sad to read Colin Jenkins letter in the Western mail today. Mr. Jenkins who was the first operation director of the program lauds the efforts of the Western Mail, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru in trying to keep the IB in Cardiff. It’s sad that the Welsh Assembly Government does not share that view. This present administration has a abysmal record when it comes to education! How tragic.


February 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. To be honest their site was on the Cardiff Gate Business Park, which is indeed difficult to get to by public transport. You have to walk half a mile through back lanes to Pontprennau to get a shitty ride on Cardiff Buses.

    I applied for a job there once at IBA. I got turned down. I was told later by a senior person in a widely respected educational establishment in Cardiff that I was fortunate not to get it, as they (according to my source) were not very good employers. Regardless of whether they were good or not, it’s a good thing I didn’t get the job, because I’d be losing my job now.

    Comment by Damon Lord | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Realizing where it is now I agree! Though that is probably not what Monique had in mind. Either way its bad publicity for Wales

    Comment by Ely Voice | March 2, 2009 | Reply

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