Kings College, UCL, Oxford & LSE

The rivalry between King’s College London and University College London has been a part of London life for nearly two centuries,  but last week Friday  they had a fantastic seminar together with the University of Oxford at Malmö Borgarskola.

The visiting university this Tuesday was London School of Economics or LSE) which specialises in social sciences and is considered to be one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the world. The university  is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world.

They were all impressed and our students will definitely have an advantage in their future admission process.

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DP2 in Berlin

From the blog:  malmoborgarskolatravels >
Today started off bright and early with all students meeting 4:45 at Malmo central making our way to kastrup for our 7:05 flight to BERLIN!

After a short 1 hour flight – we were there! In the heart of German history, the great city of Berlin! After a few bus and tram rides, we quickly dropped our bags to make our way to our 1st tour of the trip about the Third Reich.

We met our lovely guide Maria at the Hautpbahnhof where she took us on a 4 hour intensive and information rich guide through central Berlin. We saw the old (well the 30% of it that remains) and the new and the monuments that have been placed to commemorate both bravery and to honor the many people lost through the city’s eventful history.

We saw anything and everything and at times nothing – but all that we saw made an impact on our expanding knowledge of the Third Reich and Hitler’s rule in Berlin.”

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Hong Kong

The trip really started in the weeks prior to the travelling to Hong Kong, by this we mean that the preparations for the presentation and the clothes we were bringing etc. We had 20 hour sequence of flights to Hong Kong, first to London Heathrow and from there to Hong Kong! We flew to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, who sponsored the GSC event! Arriving in Hong Kong we were greeted with the smiling faces of the PolyU representatives, who would accompany us on our journey back to the PolyU halls of residence. Things didn’t seem too different from what we were used to, although it was significantly hotter and more humid. After the shops our student ambassadors invited us to find somewhere to eat some authentic Cantonese food. The food was delicious and was served in a place we as tourists wouldn’t ever imagine going, down a quiet back street below the walkways of Hong Kong.
The very next morning, we realized that the climate in Hong Kong was not only very hot, but also very humid. We saw the Avenue of Stars, had dinner and walked through Hong Kong back to campus. The following evening we sat in the humid and hot common area of the residence to work on our presentation. We were all very nervous for the presentation the following day, and stayed up late to make sure that it would be as good as possible. The next morning it was time. We held the presentation, and when we were done, we felt very satisfied with our performance, we had done the best we could. Once the presentations were over, we talked to some of the judges outside, who were able to give us more valuable feedback, to add to what they had said during the allotted time for questions after the presentation. The judges had a lot of experience to offer, one man we talked to had experience working with venture capital, and he gave us insight into what we may need if we were to pitch our idea to such a panel.
There was a reception held, followed by a presentation by some of the competition’s judges, and the announcement of the finalists at both secondary and university level! Unfortunately, we weren’t amongst those nominated for the final. Hong Kong may have dampened our umbrellas, but this announcement didn’t dampen our spirits.
We were taking on a couple of faculty visits on the PolyU campus. During our visit to the business faculty, we were divided into teams with other GSC participants, and played a simulation game which involved making a number of paper aeroplanes to exact measurements and specifications. Each team signed a contract with their client before the game began, which decided how many planes they were to manufacture. If they did not meet the number in the contract, or some planes were faulty, the team would lose money. The winning team was led by General Manager Fraser Campbell, whose negotiation with the client was unmatched by the other teams.
The last night of our week in Hong Kong, it was time for the big gala dinner. The winners were presented this night too. We really enjoyed this event, as it was out last chance to spend time with all the wonderful people we had met at the GSC.
Our week in Hong Kong was over, and it was time for us to fly back to Sweden. The week had been amazing. We met people from all over the world, we learnt more than we could imagine and we got to explore Hong Kong.

/Fraser Campbell

Hong Kong



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The first day of school

August 18 in the Assembly Hall (Entrance Regementsgatan 36)

10:30 Pre-DP & Social Science- and Business & Management Programme Year 1

11:00 DP1 & Social Science- and Business & Management Programme Year 2

11:30 DP2


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Offers from UK universities 2015

Offers which Borgarskola students received from UK universities 2015.
(N.B. Many students received more than one offer)
University Number of Offers
Aberdeen 8
Abertay 2
Bath 3
Birmingham 4
Bristol 2
Cambridge 1
Cardiff 4
City London 1
Dundee 4
Durham 2
East Anglia 2
Edinburgh 6
Edinburgh Napier 2
Glasgow 4
Glasgow Caledonian 1
Imperial London 1
Kent 2
Lancaster 1
Leicester 3
Liverpool 1
London School of Economics 1
Loughborough 1
Manchester 2
Newcastle 3
Nottingham 2
Nottingham Trent 1
Queen Mary London 4
Reading 2
Royal Holloway London 1
Salford 1
Solent University 1
Stirling 7
Strathclyde 2
Surrey 1
Univ of Arts London 1
University of West Scotland 1
Warwick 3
Winchester 1
Wolverhampton 1
Total 92
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Sweden’s first scholarship in the circular economy is here!
The scholarship consists of a financial contribution and is distributed to high school students who deserve a “hållbarhetsuppmuntran” an encouragement for working with sustainability. It may for example be about someone who is involved in local sustainability issues, which might have affected the school’s environmental work or have ideas for environmentally friendly and sound products of any kind.
Molly Backman, IB13, has been awarded the scholarship thanks to her work as the CEO of the JAYE company, Life Drop UF. The members in the company, Robert Child, Jonna Malmback och Fraser Campbell have all worked together to ensure that the company is a success.

Lifedrop is an organization that sells eco-friendly, filtered water bottles with an aim to assist WaterAid in their movement of providing the poorest countries in the world with water and sanitation. The founders of Lifedrop strongly feel that water should be provided to everyone, including the less fortunate. They cannot help being born into a world where there is no water and only dehydration. The company organization will start by selling water bottles locally and when opportunities for sales are given. Bottles may occasionally be sold privately if someone contacts the company and notifies them of their desires.


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US University Offers

Thanks to EducationUSA and the professional advisers at Malmö Borgarskola our students got the following incredible offers:

Alexander Åkesson:  Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Duke

Jacob Söderstjerna: UPenn Wharton

Julia C-F:  NYU

Astrid Pedersen: Northeastern, Boston University

Alexander Salmi: Northeastern

Xinyu Ma: UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, University of Washington, Northeastern

Eric Runevad:  Northeastern, University of Miami

Zachary Nord: University of Pacific

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IB-DP students better prepared for university

Research examines college readiness of Diploma Programme alumni
July 9, 2014, Washington, DC—A new research study conducted by Dr. David Conley and a team of researchers from the Education Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) compared two groups of university students—International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme alumni and non-Diploma Programme alumni—to examine the extent of their academic, social and emotional preparation for college as they transitioned from high school. The findings suggest that IB Diploma Programmestudents are better able to cope with demanding workloads, better able to manage their time and better able to meet expectations placed on them. Statistically, more Diploma Programme students persisted through college than students in the non-IB group (98% vs. 91%, respectively).

Dr. Conley, a widely recognized expert on college readiness, author and professor at University of Oregon, along with the EPIC research team, found that Diploma Programme (DP) students managed their learning more independently and used risk and experimenta¬tion strategies to overcome challenges. As a group, the DP students reported deeper understanding of the structure of knowledge and large concepts and how content crosses over and connects disciplines. These common responses indicate that the DP students develop an appreciation for learning and skill in higher-order thinking that supports them as university students.

Adjusting to college
When they reported their early experiences at university, all the Diploma Programme (DP) students agreed that they were academically adjusted “the moment they stepped on campus”. They indicated that they were not intimidated by the heavy workload required of them in college honors courses. The Diploma Programme, they cited, taught them how to balance coursework and manage their time. Because the DP students had experi¬ence with a final exam accounting for a large part of their course grade, they were not surprised by the similar grading structure at college. The non-DP group, however, reported mixed attitudes and more pronounced academic adjustments required of them: they were less able to manage their time or study for culminating exams.

When asked to rate the most valuable and challenging elements of their secondary education in relation to their preparation for college, Diploma Programme students identified the following:
– Extended Essay: This project was identified for teaching skills such as finding relevant sources, determining the credibility of sources, organizing information, producing a coherent long-form paper and citing sources, skills found to be very useful in college, and which left DP students feeling more prepared to conduct research than many of their classmates.
– Language A: DP respondents cited their literature courses as helpful in preparing them to write quality essays, handle heavy reading loads, use academic sources and gain a level of comfort while presenting material in class.
More than half of the DP respondents rated the entire Diploma Programme as ‘most valuable’ and ‘challenging’.

When the EPIC team examined the value students placed on their experience in an accelerated learning community, 16 of the 18 DP student respondents recommended the Diploma Programme for other students. They called the DP “worthwhile” and expressed pride and a sense of accomplishment from completing challenging work. Their non-DP peers in the study, mostly AP students, recommended their course of study with a caveat: only if students wanted to take tests to receive college credit.

Find this and other research studies about the Diploma Programme on

Download a summary of this research at

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7th Regional Session of EYP PACA

I am Andrej Zemtsovski (IB1), and I was a journalist in Marseille, France for the 7th Regional Session of EYP PACA. Now before I go on talking about my experiences from the session I would like to talk about what European Youth Parliament (EYP) is.

EYP is an independent educational project that aims to engage the youth of Europe in different issues concerning the European Union and the world and facilitates the learning of important professional and social skills, such as but not limited to public speaking, creative problem solving, cultural understanding, and debating. An EYP session consists of essentially three parts: teambuilding, committee work and General Assembly. There are usually 7-10 delegates per committee with one chairperson that guides the committee through different activities and make sure that the resolution is done on time.

I was a journalist at this session. Journalists document the whole sessions with photos and the sessions own newspaper called “Cap ou PACA?” which is a twist to the French idiom “cap ou pas cap?” It roughly translates to: “Do you have the courage to do it?” It fitted quite with what I was going to go through. I don’t know any French and the day before the departure I learned a couple of phrases like “I don’t understand French” and “Do you understand English?” They became very useful, as I was one of the few who didn’t speak French; nevertheless the people were kind enough to translate for me, whenever it was needed. During the session the press team managed to make three newspapers with 20 pages each in three days. I wrote articles about my committee’s topic on water sustainability, the presidential election in the US and several other relevant and thought-provoking issues. Besides writing and photographing, I helped out chairs with different energizing and icebreaker games. Time flew by fast and before I knew it I was sitting on the plane back home, reflecting on the session and with longing in my heart thinking of all the people I was going to miss.



Andrej Z

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Only at Malmö Borgarskola

A unique opportunity to interact with more than 150 accredited U.S. colleges and universities:
EducationUSA International Virtual College Fair,
November 13, 2012 6am – 6pm.
EducationUSA will present seven live, thematic video chats (webinars) from 12:00noon 19:00

1. “Discover U.S. Higher Education” 12:00-13:00

2. “International Students Share Their Experiences: An International Student Panel” 13:00-14:00

3. “Graduate Admissions and Funding” 14:00-15:00

4. “Undergraduate Admissions and Funding” 15:00-16:00

5. “Understanding Community Colleges” 16:00-17:00

6. “The U.S. Student Visa Process” 17:00-18:00

7. “Choosing a U.S. Institution” 18:00-19:00

To participate, students must register at”

Why not follow EducationUSA Advising Center – Malmöat  at Facebook?

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