Introduction to UWC

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

The United World College movement was founded in 1962 by the educationalist Kurt Hahn, with the opening of Atlantic College in South Wales. The aim of the movement was to bring together young people who had grown up in the fractionalised and divided world of the Cold War, with the aim of fostering peace, unity, and international co-operation.

Despite large changes in the global landscape over the last 50 years, many would argue that the UWC mission is just as important today as in 1962. Different challenges have presented themselves, and now questions of globalisation, development, sustainability, and conflict lie at the heart of the UWC education.

At a UWC, students will live together with young people from all over the world. They will study for the International Baccalaureate diploma programme and spend a lot of time engaging in community service. Our unique model of education, driven by our mission and nine values, supports young people to flourish – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Today there are 15 UWC schools and colleges and UWC is represented in around 150 countries.  More than 50,000 students from more than 180 countries have studied at UWC schools, colleges and programmes and there are more than 150 national committees. 

Learn more about UWC here.