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Our Mission


UWC makes education a force to unite People, Nations and Cultures for Peace and a Sustainable Future.

The UWC Education Philosophy

At UWC, we inspire young people to put their talent & energy into social change, no matter which future path they choose.  We select promising, passionate students all over the world, providing them knowledge, skills & confidence to make a difference to this world.

To do so, an education that just focuses on academic results is not enough. We want our students to develop values that will change their thinking and approach to life.

At UWC, the deliberately diverse student body is core to the unique education experience - shared experiences and collaborative living in this community is set up to foster the development of intercultural understanding in our students.

It is also a community where recognition is given to unique talents and abilities of its individuals, not just to stellar academic results, via our strong emphasis in our students' participation in the QuanCai Programmes.

By combining above with the IBDP academic program, the college aims to facilitate a balanced development of its members and provide opportunities to engage in issues of sustainability, undertake personal initiatives and embrace challenges, while being supported by a healthy lifestyle.

The UWC Education Model

UWC Values

International & 
Intercultural Understanding

Mutual responsibility
and respect


Of Difference




Personal responsibility
and integrity

For The

Action &

How: Building a School with Five Principles

UWC is made up of 18 schools and colleges on four continents.


Majority of them focus on the 16-19 age group, with some also catering to younger students.


Each school is uniquely located with its own character, but all are dedicated to nurturing young people’s energy & ideals into empathy, responsibility and lifelong action.

A Unique
Global Movement

UWC national committees in 150+ countries and territories are able to reach young people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.


Students at every school make friends from all over the world, gaining a deeper understanding of different ways of thinking.


UWC seeks compassionate, idealistic students who are driven to make the world better.


We believe money shouldn't be a barrier to a good education.


80%+ of UWC students receive full / partial financial assistance, funded by generous supporters.


Short educational programmes are also available to learn the UWC way of thinking.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students at UWC study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).


IBDP not only provides students with the knowledge and skills to reach the best universities across the world, but also encourages them to build initiatives to actively support the community while practicing leadership, teamwork, creativity and self-confidence.

Value Service,
Over Knowledge

Our alumni network is 60,000+ strong, with alumni found in every corner of the world.


Our graduates follows different paths based on their interests and talents, but each carries the UWC ethos with them, making large and small changes through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership.

Worldwide Alumni Network

History introduction

In the turbulent world of the 21st century, UWC’s aims and objectives are as relevant today as they were in the past – perhaps even more so.


The UWC movement was conceived in the 1950s at the height of the Cold War by Dr. Kurt Hahn, who believed in the power of education as a solution to the conflicts in our world. While speaking at the NATO Defense College in Paris, he was inspired by the way former enemies came together to achieve common goals.


Together with likeminded idealists, Hahn developed the UWC educational model, with the hope to bring young people together from different nationalities, races, cultures, religions, political systems and socio-economic backgrounds, to live and learn in an environment of mutual respect and understanding. Their hope was for these students to become catalysts of change upon graduation.

Since the opening of UWC Atlantic College in 1962, the UWC movement has continued to develop and expand to 18 UWCs around the world.

History Introduction

UWC Values: What We Instilling Into Our Students

UWC Values

International & 
Intercultural Understanding

Respect for the environment

of difference

Sense of 

Personal responsibility
and integrity


Mutual responsibility
and respect

Action and personal example

and service

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