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The UWC Movement and Schools

UWC is a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Today, UWC comprises schools and colleges in 18 countries and regions, as well as national committees and selection contacts in more than 155 countries. The UWC movement also consists of more than 60,000 alumni and other members in virtually every country in the world. UWC is governed by the UWC International Board and UWC International Council. The executive arm of the UWC International Board is the UWC International Office, based in London.

18 Schools and Colleges

Making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

UWC National Committees

UWC depends on the dedication, drive and expertise of a network of volunteers to find and select many of our national scholar students.

These volunteer groups are called national committees and they operate in over 155 countries worldwide. The UWC national committee system selects more than 1,000 students each year from within their countries and territories to attend UWC schools, colleges, and programmes.

Our national committees organise camps, a range of activities, and formal interviews to establish students’ commitment to UWC values and potential to thrive throughout the UWC experience. The vast majority of students who join UWCs through national committees stay in boarding school facilities.

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UWC Strategy – 2018 and Beyond

The last week of October 2017 was an important week for the UWC movement: members from all UWC constituencies came together at UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg (Germany) to finalise and approve the next UWC Strategy entitled “UWC Strategy – 2018 and Beyond”.

Heads and Chairs of all UWC schools and colleges, the members of the Committee of National Committees (CNC) and the UWC Council and International Board gave final input prior to the Strategy’s official approval by the UWC International Board on 29 October 2017.This Strategy will inform the work of UWC International and all UWC constituencies going forward. Its aim is simple: to increase UWC’s impact in making education a force for a more peaceful and sustainable future. It broadens UWC’s ambition from providing transformative education for its students to becoming a global voice for values and diversity based education for peace and sustainability.

The Strategy presents concrete ways in which the set objectives will be achieved and clarifies how all UWC constituencies and members will play a role in the implementation of the Strategy: from UWC schools and colleges to national committees, from students to alumni, from staff to volunteers and from donors to partner organisations. 

VIeW THE UWC Strategy – 2018 and Beyond

Harvard's UWC Impact Study

United World Colleges (UWC) is proud to have collaborated with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on an independent review of its educational model and practices to explore the impact of a UWC education on its students, alumni and the wider world. The team conducted a five-year longitudinal study culminating in the report Educational Experiences and Outcomes at the United World Colleges (UWC): An Investigation of Impact.