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June 2008. UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

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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 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 What is United World Colleges?

4 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, year old students UWC History

5 The UWC Experience

6 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 UWC Academic Programme

7 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 Social Responsibility Programme

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 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 UWC Students

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

15 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 UWC Global Selection Network

16 UWC Graduates

17 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 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 UWC Future

18 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 UWC Funding

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


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