by the Flying Dutchman
15th June, 2018
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]o celebrate 50 years of IB’s existence, the International Baccalaureate published a video of UWC graduates Aernout Van Lynden and Akihiko Hoshide. This choice is perhaps understandable as UWC was influential in the creation of the International Baccalaureate and continues to be actively involved in its development. Through UWC Atlantic College, UWC worked with the Geneva International School and the United Nations School in New York to develop the IB, founded in 1968.
Aernout Van Lynden is a graduate from UWC Atlantic College, Wales. After graduating in 1973, he became a renowned war correspondent and journalist. He reported from war zones across the Middle East and the Balkans on the fall of Yugoslavia, the Palestinian intifada, and the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, among others. Of British and Dutch heritage, Aernout currently lives in the Netherlands and is a lecturer in War Studies at Leiden University.
Akihiko is a graduate from UWC South East Asia. Since graduating in 1987, he became the third Japanese astronaut to go to space, and is set to be Commander of the International Space Station in 2020 for his third space flight. Akihiko is working for the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and is based in NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, USA.