The Schools are the main vehicle used by IBRO to interact with young people in all of the regions and are the basis for the entire mentorship effort that led to the creation of the Alumni, now totaling several thousand former students from Schools and Visiting Lecture Team Programme (VLTP) courses. Moreover, the Schools provide unique opportunities for the mixing of faculty and students from different parts of the world. No IBRO programme has done more than the Schools and the VLTP to expose young people from developing countries to scientists from leading institutions and to sensitize teachers from the richer countries to the problems faced by their colleagues in the less fortunate parts of the world.
It is clear and well understood that the Schools are diverse, each with its own character and objectives, and that circumstances vary significantly from venue to venue around the world. Therefore, flexibility will always be a hallmark of the Schools programme. The IBRO School Guidelines help ensure that IBRO Schools, however else they may differ from one another, play their role in the training of students and the building of science.
In 2002, the Executive Committee of IBRO recommended the establishment of three levels or categories of Schools: (1) Basic, (2) Advanced and specialized, (3) IBRO Colleges. It is unlikely that a tight definition of these categories is necessary because Schools are, and probably should continue to be, very different from each other, most of them being now both 'advanced' and 'specialized'. These categories nevertheless can serve the need for a 'stepladder' progression of the teaching programmes offered in some regions, where a select group of students is being channeled from basic to highly specialized Schools over a period of two to three years.
IBRO Schools (Asia, Africa, Latin America, US/Canada)