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  1. June 2008

  2. UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future

  3. What is United World Colleges? • United World Colleges (UWC) brings students together from all over the world, selected from within their own country, on merit and regardless of their ability to pay • UWC is enhances the teaching of a globally recognised curriculum with the focus on educating the whole person • UWC is a challenging experience that equips students socially, academically, philosophically and morally so that they are personally empowered to do what they can to make the world a better place

  4. UWC History • UWC was conceived in the aftermath of WWII • Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, developed the idea of a multi-national pre-university school to help overcome religious, cultural and racial misunderstanding to avoid conflict • 16 to 18 olds are grounded in their own cultures but at an age when they are impressionable and open to learn from and respect each other • The first UWC – UWC of the Atlantic – opened in 1962 • Today there are 12 United World Colleges 5 continents educating 3,000 16-18 year old students

  5. The UWC Experience

  6. UWC Academic Programme • Eleven of the United World Colleges teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) • the IB was pioneered at the first UWC, Atlantic College in the 1970’s • the most recognised and highly regarded secondary school qualification in the world and, as such, accepted by the world’s most selective universities • Simón Bolívar UWC of Agriculture offers a tertiary level three-year agricultural education and training programme

  7. Social Responsibility Programme • Each UWC tailors its programme to the local environment • students at UWC Atlantic operate lifeboat and cliff rescue services along the South Wales coast • Mahindra UWC students work with local village organisations to alleviate some of the worst effects of poverty and illiteracy • Waterford Kamhlaba students provide care for those affected by AIDS and HIV • In addition to regular weekly activities, the Colleges allocate at least one week each year for the students to devise and implement an intensive service project

  8. Multi-Cultural Environment • At the UWC Colleges, an average of 70 different nationalities are represented each academic year • Embracing the cultures and nationalities present in each College is a key feature of UWC life. Activities such as music, crafts, arts, and drama help students to explore and develop an international appreciation • Living on campus with such a diverse group of peers creates an environment where preconceptions, prejudices and values are questioned and tested on a daily basis

  9. UWC Colleges • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar • Canada, Vancouver Island • Costa Rica, Santa Ana • China, Hong Kong SAR • India, Pune District • Italy, Duino, • Norway,Fjaler • Singapore • Swaziland, Mbabane • USA, Montezuma, NM • Venezuela, Barinas • Wales, Vale of Glamorgan

  10. UWC Colleges

  11. Every year 1,500 students from over 120 countries graduate from the 12 United World Colleges

  12. UWC Students

  13. UWC Students • Students are selected on personal merit from over 120 countries • In each country selection is irrespective of race, gender, religion, politics and the ability to pay • The UWC scholarship system creates schools that represent all parts of the world and all aspects of society • This diversity creates vibrant, enthusiastic and stimulating communities • UWC students are selected through a meticulous process run by the UWC National Committee Network

  14. UWC Global Selection Network UWC has National Committees in 122 countries

  15. UWC Global Selection Network • Our Colleges delegate responsibility for student selection to the National Committee system • UWC National Committees, only exist through the commitment and expertise of passionate local volunteers • These volunteer based National Committees: • Promote UWC • Motivate students to apply • Manage the selection process • Support the student and their family in preparation for UWC • Support the national UWC Alumni network • Local fundraising

  16. UWC Graduates

  17. UWC Future • Increase the number of students recieving a UWC education • Increase the impact and recognition of UWC • New UWC Colleges • UWC Maastricht, The Netherlands in 2009 • additional projects include Colleges in the Middle East and East Africa • Teacher training • Short 2 - 3 week residential courses • Increase formal recognition of the value of the social responsibility programme and the intensive multi-cultural environment • Strengthening and broaden the National Committee network • Increased engagement of 37,000 UWC alumni network

  18. UWC Funding • Annual operating costs are US$70 million with the average scholarship per student US$20,000 per annum • College funding sources include: • Endowments • Government support • Key donors – individuals, corporations, trusts and foundations • College alumni • National Committee funding sources include: • Government support • Key donors – individuals, corporations, trusts and foundations • Means tested parental contribution • National alumni

  19. UWC Organisation • International Board consisting of representatives from the Colleges and leaders in education, non-profit, business and finance • Colleges are autonomous on their own jurisdiction but are accountable to the International Board • The International Office is the hub of the organisation, overseeing National Committee development and coordination, corporate communications and international fundraising