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Facts and Figures UWC International

UWC was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience
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. 

UWC International


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.

UWC Fast Facts Worldwide


Total turnover: 
UWC spends a total of $220m annually on transformative education. 

Total student number: 
In 52 years we have found and educated 55,000 students to become agents for a more peaceful and sustainable future – we specialise in identifying talented young people who will make a positive difference in the World. 

Current student number: 
9.103 - students currently study at 15 UWC schools and colleges. 
3.750 - are in the IB diploma years (16-19). 
2.518 - were selected by national committee.
1.043 - of those are day students in IBDP years. 

Male/Female % ratio in IBDP years: 
(M) 43 - (F) 57

Full scholarship in IBDP years:
UWC has the strongest scholarship program of any international private school - but we still do not meet all demonstrated need.

925 students receive full scholarship (2015). 
75% of students currently receive some sort of financial assistance. 

Cultural diversity: 
150 different nationalities represented by current UWC students.
Refugee status: 6% of students in IBDP years in 2013. 

Results: 
IB results average score worldwide - 29.9
IB average score in UWC - 34.9

Academic staff: 
44% of total UWC expenditure goes on academic staff. 

Giving back: Service hours: 
UWC students make a positive difference in local communities from their first day, going far beyond the IB requirements.

400,000+ total hours of service in UWC per annum 50 service hours per student IB requirements (2 years) 320+ service hours per UWC student (2 years). 

National committees: 
150 national committees
3,029 volunteers across the whole network
1,309 students selected in 2015

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