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 her JAYE company, Life Drop UF.

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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IB Theatre Trip to London with ISTA

It was an amazing and intense theatrical experience. It was inspirational working with other IB theatre students from all over the world in both the workshops and masterclasses (topics ranged from Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed to Verbatim Theatre, Finding your
Comic Voice, Immersive Theatre and Musical Theatre).

The professional theatre we went to in the evenings was another source of inspiration. We have learnt so many valuable skills that we can use in our IB Theatre course and you’ll all have the chance to see this towards the end term when our Independent Projects are performed.

Watch out for details of these performances closer to the time.

Sissi, Frances, David, Markus, Alex, Madelina and Thara
(members of the IB 10 Theatre class)

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U.K University Tour, Scotland!

We Offer you a Unique Opportunity!
Malmö Borgarskola, U.K. University Tour the week after the Easter Break!

More information will be posted soon

Tuesday 2nd April
Arrive and transfer to Edinburgh University
overnight in Edinburgh hotel
Evening visit to Castle and Royal Mile

Wednesday 3rd April
visit St Andrews University, Aberdeen University
overnight in Aberdeen hotel
Free Evening

Thursday 4th April
visit Strathclyde University,
overnight in Glasgow hotel
Evening to explore the local shopping outlets

Friday 5th April
visit Glasgow University
transfer to airport for flight home

Of course we hope to meet Our IB Alumni students!

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A duck is a duck!

A “successful” rival school’s Alumni president (guess the school ;)) writes on his blog that his students took part in a big event in Copenhagen and there were representatives from Cambridge, Georgetown, King’s College, Copenhagen Business School, Brown, St Andrews and London School of Economics.

He goes on: “This may say something about other schools’ interest of supporting their best students.”

Ok, why should we pick a few students (and only the best) go across the bridge (for a day) when all of the above universities and 40 more visit our school and tries to recruit all the students from Borgar?

We also have four professional advisors who are highly-specialized towards Britain and the United States. We have EducationUSA It is a global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.!!!

I’m just saying: -A duck (penguin) is not a swan even if he stretches his neck!

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Universities from US/UK

Malmö Borgarskola is the best school in Sweden if you want to know the inside scoop on how to get accepted to a US/UK college or university!

Many universities will visit MB this fall (last year w had more than 70 visits) and on September 21st an admissions expert from Ivy Plus came Borgarskolan and had a seminar on “How to Get Accepted to US/UK Universities”. What a success!

Last week we also had three International Officers from, European University, UCL and Kings College at the school!

UCL has around 4,000 academic and research staff and 650 professors, the highest number of any British university. There are 26 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields Medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff, the most recent being Sir Charles K. Kao, who received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2009. UCL is ranked 21st in the world (and 3rd in Europe) in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, 4th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) in the 2012 QS World University Rankings and 17th in the world (and 5th in Europe) in the 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

King’s is ranked 68th in the world (and 19th in Europe) in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, 26th in the world (and 7th in Europe) in the 2012 QS World University Rankings, and 56th in the world (and 12th in Europe) in the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. There are currently 10 Nobel Prize laureates amongst King’s alumni and current and former faculty. In September 2010, The Sunday Times selected King’s as its “University of the Year”.

King’s is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, the Russell Group and Universities UK. It forms part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of British universities.

YALE came yesterday evening and had a presentation in the aula! I am sure we will have at least one or two students accepted again this year!

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Incorporated as the “CollegiateSchool”, the institution traces its roots to 17th-century clergymen who sought to establish a college to train clergy and political leaders for the colony.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Yale third among national universities in 2012, as it has for each of the past fifteen years, in every case behind, in either order or tied, Princeton and Harvard. It was ranked fourth in the 2011 QS World University Rankings and tenth in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.(In 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings.)

Yale had featured in the top five for each of the past four years. The same ranking also named Yale as the fifth best university in the world for arts and humanities.

Malmö Borgarskola and IB is the gateway to higher education and the world!

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