95% of the International School of Tanganyika graduates receive admissions to a four-year university.
But why are graduates successful? Is it the IB Curriculum? The world class faculty? The global education networks? Or is it a combination of all of these things?
To find the answers to these questions, you need to ask those who have walked the halls of IST, who have graduated and gone to a world-renowned university.
Ms. Miranda Naiman, an IST alumna originally from Mbezi Beach, is currently what she calls an “Accidental Entrepreneur” with an academic background in Theatre for Development. She strategically transferred her skill set - attained through both IST and post-secondary - to the private sector when she founded Empower in 2009.
Empower is a Human Capital Consulting Firm which services East Africa and beyond.
She is also a member of the Africa List - a community of next-generation CEOs in Africa’s growth markets and sits on the Board of READ International, AIESEC Tanzania and is an active member/leader in the Entrepreneur's Organization.
In addition to her active career, she is also the mother of a 10-year-old son. To say Ms. Naiman leads a busy life would be an understatement.
Ms. Naiman credits her time at IST for helping pave the way to her successful future. But when asked what parts of the IST education prepared her best for university and her career, she excitedly answered. “IST gave me a firm academic grounding and global viewpoint with which to engage with the world beyond Tanzania,” Ms. Naiman said.
After graduating from the IB Diploma Programme, she took a gap year to work for an educational charity. She left IST as a confident and curious 17-year-old. “My time at IST helped mould me into [an individual who] had no fear navigating her way through solo life in the U.K. and university experience.”
Beyond giving her a global viewpoint and strong academic grounding, Ms. Naiman said it was IST’s extensive history with the IB Programme and inherently their exceptional way of teaching it to students that allows graduates to be successful.
“The IB Diploma Programme is unquestionably the most holistic way of preparing young people for life,” said Ms. Naiman. “It’s academically sound, has universal appeal, attracts high calibre teachers and impacts the community. Win-win!”