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 13 United World Colleges 5 continents educating 3,000 16-18 year old students.
What is United World Colleges? Mission: UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future 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.
Imagine a school where…. Palestinian and Israeli students live together A prince and a refugee become friends. A young man from a small Finnish village becomes the CEO of the world’s largest mobile phone company. A contribution is made to the Irish peace process. An African boy, who arrives a non-swimmer, trains as lifeboat crew and returns home as part of a flood rescue mission. A pioneering lifeboat design is created.
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The UWC Experience A rigorous academic programme Where students are taught to think for themselves rather then learning by rote to pass exams. A demanding social responsibility programme Enables young people to learn about themselves and to develop a sense of responsibility whilst engaging with and supporting their communities. An intensive multi-cultural environment Through living together students gain respect, integrity and responsibility for self, others and community
UWC Academic Program Twelve 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 recognized 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 program
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 organizations 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
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
Okay, that’s cool. But, how are students selected?
UWC Global Selection Network UWC has National Committees in 122 countries
United World College National Committee Application Process Selection Processes Leadership Skills Cultural Values Sense of Global Citizen
Application Process to National Committee 1. Download or photo copy the original Form provided by the national committee (usually release around November/December) 2. Submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org 3. The committee going to contact each candidate or announce it on our official website about the examination date and location 4. 4. Result will be posted online and notify the candidate who passed the exam.
Selection Process Tests 1. English Test 2. Khmer Literature 3. General Knowledge 4. Math Interview + Workshop
How to Prepare? Stay curious Read, Read, and Read Be proactive Start application early Keep up with Cambodia UWC development by: Visiting http://cambodia.uwc.org/http://cambodia.uwc.org/ Liking https://www.facebook.com/cambodiauwchttps://www.facebook.com/cambodiauwc Asking questions to Cambodian UWCers
Contact Us? Chair of Cambodia National Committee Mr. Mech Sokha e-mail: email@example.com@gmail.com Secretary of Cambodia National Committee Chheng Sopheak – RCNUWC’07 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org@middlebury.edu cell: 012 66 49 74 Contributors to Cambodia National Committee Chan Penhleak – RCNUWC’08 e-mail: email@example.com@gmail.com Noeurm Yenda – UWCAC’ 08 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com
Scholarships and Fellowships Fulbrights Scholarships – U.S.A AusAid Scholarships – Australia Korean Governmental Scholarship Program Monbusho Scholarships – Japan Erasmus Mundus – European Union Chevening Scholarships – UK ASEAN UNDP
Resources Scholarship4Development: Find international scholarship for developing countries. Search can be customized by target group, level of study, field of study and country/origin Scholarship4Development https://www.facebook.com/ScholarshipCambodia https://www.facebook.com/ScholarshipCambodia Basic Internet Research
Fulbright Student Fellowship – U.S. Embassy The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress as a means “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” For more than sixty years the Fulbright Program has provided opportunities for foreign nationals to study, teach and pursue research in the U.S. Types of graduate program: Master’s (typically 2-year) or Ph.D. degree in any discipline at any U.S. university. Important dates: Application is usually opened for submission in February and closed in mid June of each year. Applicant must present at his/her native country for interview. Relevant document: Information on eligibility criteria and application processing (update annually), Instruction on completing the applicationInformation on eligibility criteria and application processingInstruction on completing the application
Chevening Scholarship - The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office The Chevening programme makes awards to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers. Chevening Scholarships are awarded across a wide range of fields; including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia. Type of graduate program: one-year Master’s degree in any discipline at any UK university Important dates: Application is open for submission in October and closed soon after (more info in this when available). Applicant must present at his/her native country for interview. Note on university admission: You are expected to submit applications to UK universities before, or at the same time as, applying for a Chevening Scholarship. It is your responsibility to pay for any fee relating to your university applications, (including administration fees, English tests and GMAT tests). The courses to which you apply must be: a one-year postgraduate Master’s course, the University of Oxford Certificate in Diplomatic Studies, or an approved short course (as advertised from time to time on the Chevening website and/or your local British Embassy or High Commission website). Relevant document: Detailed information on Chevening Scholarship and application guidance.Detailed information on Chevening Scholarship and application guidance.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The programme was established in 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university. Type of graduate program: postgraduate degree in any discipline at Cambridge university Note on university and application process: If eligible to apply, you will need to submit the one application pack for both admission to a postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The University decides who to admit and Gates Cambridge decides who is offered the Scholarship.eligible Important dates: Round 1 – US citizens based in the USA – 16 October 2012 Round 2 – all other eligible candidates – 4 December 2012 Relevant document: Application overview, how to applyApplication overviewhow to apply
Program-Specific Fellowships/Scholarships Master’s of Development Studies in Thailand – For CLMV The Consortium of Development Studies in Southeast Asia (CDSSEA) offers the Scholarships for Master’s Programs in Development Studies for Students from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam (CLMV) and Thailand, at leading universities: Asian Institute of Technology, Chiang Mai University and Chulalongkorn University. Deadline: March 31 2013 (annually) For more information on application requirements & process, please click here. Note: This announcement is for the 2013 intake. Please re-check with the institutions for future opportunities.here
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