While students at NIST complete the first week of an eventful new new school year, the members of the Class of 2016 are now starting the next stage of their lives at universities all around the world. Though they will be greatly missed at NIST, we wish them the best of luck as they continue to grow and contribute at various communities such as the University of Cambridge, New York University, Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Edinburgh, University College London, Kings College London, University of Toronto and McGill University to name but a few.
The results of the annual IB diploma exam corroborated their success in receiving acceptances to top universities, as they maintained the consistency of NIST’s academic excellence by outperforming the global and local averages across the board. Their average score of 34 (of 45 possible points) helped the school maintain a four-year average of 35, a consistent mark far above the world average of approximately 30 and above any other school in Thailand with nearly its entire class enrolled in the programme.
Impressive overall scores accompanied an equally impressive perfect score of 45 from one NIST student, a mark reached by less than 200 individuals worldwide each year. Over 12% of the class received scores of 40 or more, while double that number earned 38 or higher. Topping the achievements was a 97% pass rate, contrasting to the global average of just under 80%.
The departing seniors not only performed well academically, but also made a difference outside of the classroom through numerous service groups at the school. Building on the success of past graduates, their work has set a high standard for future students both at NIST and other schools in Thailand. Whether enriching the lives in the remote village of Maeramit in Omgoi, gaining real-life business skills by launching a non-profit sustainable coffee enterprise, or providing educational scholarships and microcredit loans to the wider NIST community, their enthusiasm in collaborating and positively impacting the lives of others has created a lasting legacy at the school.
Congratulations once again to our 2016 graduates, and we hope to see even greater accomplishments from you in the future.