Director of Studies - Mr. Julian H Kitching

Mr. Julian H Kitching started his career as a teacher in England in the early 1980s, teaching a range of subjects including Biology, Mathematics, Physics, General Science and Computing. Since 1987, he has been working specifically in the field of international education. He has taught Biology and Theory of Knowledge to university entrance level through the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) for more than 25 years, working in international schools first in Italy, then in Germany where he had experience of leading a science department, and finally in Ghana at the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (SOS­HGIC), where he has been the founding Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and Director of Studies, and a member of the Senior Management Team since 1999.

He holds a BSc. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from York University in England.

Beyond affiliation through working in schools, Mr. Kitching has had a longstanding close relationship with the International Baccalaureate Organisation itself. Since 2010, he has occupied the role of Chief Assessor for Theory of Knowledge, the central academic course of the diploma, and has been intimately involved with curriculum development and review, and publication of official resources. He has led more than twenty workshops for teachers around the world, and co-authored a text book on the Theory of Knowledge course.

In his roles as Coordinator and Director of the academic programmes at SOS-HGIC, Mr. Kitching has, among other achievements, overseen the growth of the IB Diploma cohorts to almost 100 per year, developed a unique course in Thinking Skills, and seen the College develop from the only institution in the West African region to offer the IB in 1993 into a leading exponent of international education today.

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