Facts and Figures UWC International
was of the political conflict of the Cold War era. By offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding it was intended that the students would act as champions of peace.
The first UWC College, UWC Atlantic College, opened in 1962. Today there are fifteen UWC schools and colleges and UWC is represented in around 150 countries. More than 55,000 students from more than 180 countries have studied at UWC schools, colleges and programmes and there are more than 150 national committees. In the turbulent world of the 21st century, UWC’s aims and objectives are as relevant today as they were in 1962 – perhaps even more so.
1962 - UWC Atlantic College opens in South Wales and was hailed by The Times as "the most exciting experiment in education since the Second World War."
1967 - Lord Mountbatten becomes President of the organisation and the movement became 'United World Colleges'.
1971 - The Singapore International School was officially opened as an associate member of UWC.
1970s - Increasing numbers of national committees established to promote UWC within their own countries and to select students for the colleges and schools.
1974 - Pearson College UWC opens. Lester B Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate had been the inspiration behind the founding of the college.
1978 - HRH The Prince of Wales becomes president of UWC.
1975 - The Singapore International School becomes a full member of the UWC movement and was officially renamed UWC South East Asia.
1981 - Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland, founded in 1963 as a multi-racial school in opposition to South Africa's apartheid policies, became Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa.
1982 - UWC-USA in New Mexico, USA and UWC Adriatic, near Trieste in Italy both open.
1988 - HRH the Prince of Wales and agronomist Dr Luis Marcano Coello play a key role in the establishment of a College in Venezuela, Simón Bolívar UWC of Agriculture.
1990s - Development of UWC short courses as a means of providing further opportunities for young people to share the UWC experience.
1992 - Li Po Chun UWC in Hong Kong opens.
1995 - HM Queen Noor of Jordan and Nelson Mandela become joint presidents. UWC Red Cross Nordic in Norway opens, a joint venture with the Red Cross/Red Crescent organisation and the eight Nordic governments.
1997 - UWC Mahindra College in Pune, India, opens.
1999 - Nelson Mandela becomes honorary president of UWC.
2006 - UWC Costa Rica, formerly the Costa Rica SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College joins UWC and UWC in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina opens.
2009 - UWC Maastricht joins UWC, merging two existing international schools – International School Maastricht and the International Primary School Joppenhof.
2012 - Simón Bolívar UWC of Agriculture closes following actions taken by the Venezuelan government to make it a public university.
2014 - UWC Diljan in Armenia, and UWC Robert Bosch College in Germany, open.
2015 - UWC Changsu China opens.