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Alumna Ane Breivik: From UWC to Politics

UWC Maastricht alumna Ane Breivik (Class of 2017) will become the President of Young Liberals of Norway on 7 November. Reason for us to have a chat with her and hear how she continues to live the UWC mission through her political career.   Please…

Outdoor learning with Y4

Our Year 4 kids had a workshop with Mark Franck from CNME – center for nature education! They learned what the different plants in our own school garden are and their uses. And of course they enjoyed some of nature’s treasures: walnuts, chestnuts, herbs and more!…

Successful first United Women Conference

UWC Maastricht hosted its very first United Women Conference! With 4 keynote speakers, over 80 guests and students sharing their insights and experiences, we discussed how we can support each other as women and empower young girls. The power of diversity in enterprises, the importance of education…

Happy UWC Day

Today we celebrate the diversity and strength of the UWC movement. It doesn’t accidentally coincide with the UN’s National Day of Peace. As a school committed to peace and sustainability, together we #reimaginetomorrow Picture by DP1 student Julian Haverkamp

Students present CD to mayor of Maastricht

Our students made a music album, called ‘Thank You For Caring’! They recorded covers, but also songs they wrote themselves. Mayor Penn-te Strake of Maastricht was one of the lucky ones to receive a hard copy of their record! Their music is also presented to…

Welcome Class of 2023!

Our DP1 students arrive today. Another cohort starting its journey of becoming changemakers!

UWC for Afghan Youth

The dramatic events happening in Afghanistan have shaken all of us. Like many of the countless humanitarian crises we are witnessing, we know that this will bring enormous repercussions on the possibility for youth—especially girls—to get access to education. Even those that manage to flee…

UWCer Effecting Change on University Campus

Our alumna Eunice is leading change at her current college campus! “If you want to make an impact, you have to be in the position to make that impact”. That’s why she has taken on a leadership position at her university! Read her story and…

Summer break

Summer break is around the corner! UWC Maastricht is closed until 30 August. We look forward to seeing students and staff back in the new school year!

Video: UWC Maastricht students about a more sustainable and healthier world

LIOF (regional development company of the Province of Limburg) interviewed our students about their view on a more sustainable and healthier society. Of course they spoke about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. And ours students shared concrete ideas for making the world a better…

emPOWERgirls Story: The wider the range of voices on campus, the stronger our understanding of female empowerment

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Ebony Burnside , who is working as English teacher and Head of Year at UWC Maastricht. After my two years as a UWC student in Hong…

Tradition to hang out flag after graduation

In the Netherlands students hang out a Dutch flag slung with a rucksack or other bag, to celebrate their high school graduation. So what if you went to UWC Maastricht the past years, are still in the Netherlands staying with a host family and just…

emPOWERgirls Story: Providing young women with education changes everything

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Larissa Stutterheim, who is working at UWC Maastricht as English teacher. There is an activity I often did with my Environmental Systems and Societies class as…

UWCM Alumna in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad!

Helen Tesfamariam (23) was born in Sudan. From the age of twelve she saved up to make the crossing to Europe. When she was seventeen, she unexpectedly received a scholarship to study at UWC Maastricht. It was the start of a new chapter of her…

emPOWERgirls Story: The ripple effect of educating one girl will be seen and heard for many generations

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Kate Doyle, who is director of our Secondary School. “Having worked in South Africa and the Kingdom of Eswatini (former Swaziland), as well as at two…

Chalkboard in nature to connect people

UWC Maastricht students Annamaria and Clifton-John made a chalkboard and put it in nature area Kleine Weerd in Maastricht. People passing by can leave messages on it to put each other in a positive mood! It also leads to interesting conversations. The theme of the…

A year of adventures and challenges – by Alumni reps of Class 2021

We are Ruel Domi and Alona Amisha, and we just graduated from UWC Maastricht! Ruel is from Albania,  he was a residential student and spent “only” the last two years living in Maastricht. Alona, who is from Israel and Russia, was born and raised in…

Loes interning at UWCM

Loes Gerrits graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2019 and then returned in September 2020 to do an internship as a music teacher. Discover what it was like to return to UWCM in the role of a staff member here.   Please tell us who you…

#livingthemission by Ilari Papa, Class 2016

Ilari left UWCM in 2016 to study international politics and security. Her work now mostly focuses on the US policy in the Middle East. Check here her way of living the UWC mission.   Please introduce yourself: I: My name is Ilari. I went to…

Andrea Grimaldi – Class ’12

Andrea is about to graduate from MIT with a degree in city planning. She is also involved in the Argentinian UWC national committee, especially in running the selections. Let Andrea tell you why to support an NC.   Hi Andrea, can you please briefly introduce…

Matthew and ToK conference

Alumni give back to the UWC movement in various ways. Matthew Solomon, Class 2014, joined us as the keynote speaker in the last Theory of Knowledge conference. Let him tell you what it was like! Can you please introduce yourself? M: I am Matthew Solomon,…

Syuen and Critical Engagement

I’m Syuen, I’m from Malaysia and I graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2018. Looking back, my 2 years at UWCM truly felt like an experience like no other but most of all, it was home, made up of the beautiful people who I will forever…

Helping with DP1 arrivals

Over 20 alumni both from UWC Maastricht and other UWC schools and colleges helped us to manage the arrivals of DP1s in the fall of 2020. The covid restrictions made the process more complicated than ever and we would have never done it without the…

The sky’s NOT the limit!

The SpaceBuzz has landed at UWC Maastricht, to teach students about our beautiful planet earth. Via VR headsets, they travel to space and get a real astronaut’s experience. By viewing the big blue marble from such a distance, they reshape their image of the planet,…

Maas clean up organized by students

Our MYP students decided to take primary school students on a river Maas Clean Up, to both understand the harm of pollution and to give back to the community. They did a great job, working together to collect as many litter as possible!

emPOWERgirls: Inspiring, intergenerational and intercultural exchange by doing good!

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Sandra and Christelle. Sandra is working at UWC Maastricht and founder of the Female Empowerment Network. She is meeting Christelle, a 19 year old student from Burkina…

emPOWERgirls: If you want to achieve something in life, a good education lays the foundation!

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Maria, Leen and Neging. Maria is part of our Female Empowerment Network and she is meeting Leen and Negin, two students from the MENA region at UWC…

Sounds of Freedom: Musical messages for relatives of American soldiers

Our students created musical messages for relatives of American soldiers who have their grave in the American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten. Their compositions are rehearsed and performed by an ensemble from the Philharmonie Zuidnederland. And they are also sent to the relatives of the soldiers!…

emPOWERgirls: Women as the backbone of society

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Kiki and Iqbal. Kiki is part of our Female Empowerment Network and she is meeting Iqbal, a 20 year old student from Somaliland at UWC Maastricht. Women…

UWC Maastricht students made an album

UWC Maastricht students made an album, called ‘Thank You For Caring’.  They recorded covers, but also songs they wrote themselves. Their music is presented to employees of Envida, an elderly care organization in Maastricht. It’s UWC Maastricht’s way to thank them for all their hard…

Youth Social Entrepreneurship at UWC Maastricht

Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) is a mandatory course implemented at UWCM. Olaya Garcia, YSE coordinator, joins to explain the programme. “The main goal for students is to gain tools and skills to be able to start their own projects and to positively change things around…

emPOWERgirls: Little by little we can make the world a better place

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Maruca and Zaynab. Maruca is part of our Female Empowerment Network and she is meeting Zaynab, a 18 year old Libyan student at UWC Maastricht. “Are…

UWC Maastricht and Nedlin: taking a broader view on the world

UWC Maastricht is very grateful to have a sustainable and socially innovative company like Nedlin among its fans. Nedlin, a company that offers laundry facilities for the hospitality sector and healthcare, has been supporting UWC Maastricht for six years already. It’s thanks to their support that…

Congrats on Grad!

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates! With a festive online ceremony we have sent off our Class of 2021 into the next phase of their lives.  

emPOWERgirls: Helping others by inspiring them

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Thea and Rafah. Thea is part of our Female Empowerment Network and she is meeting Rafah, a 17 year old Syrian student at UWC Maastricht. “Pfffft!…

Outdoor Education, a vital accompaniment to the UWC experience!

Outdoor Education has been introduced at UWC Maastricht a few years back, with an increasing interest this year to achieve the goal of learning respect and appreciation for the nature that we are surrounded with. The same goal is shared between primary and secondary school,…

Uniting the world: UWC, together for our planet and for our future

As the world prepares for COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, together with our seventeen sister UWC schools and colleges, UWC Maastricht recognizes its role in tackling the threat of global climate change and making specific contributions to a resilient, net zero economy that protects,…

UWC Maastricht is looking for Guest Families or Housing

** WANTED: HOME STAY FAMILIES or HOUSING ** Students at UWC Maastricht come from all over the world. Many of them return to their home country for the summer holiday. However, due to various reasons some cannot go back. Because there are no flights due…

Partnership UWC Maastricht and Women in Exhibitions network

UWC Maastricht and Women in exhibitions network are proud to announce they have entered into a charitable partnership and are excited to work together to empower girls from North Africa and the Middle East by offering them a place at UWC Maastricht. Oana Cipca, who…

emPOWERgirls Story: Sundus hopes to be an inspiration to many girls in the MENA region

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Sundus Al-Shibani, who comes from Oman and graduated from our school in 2014. It was a dream come true for Sundus to be accepted to UWC…

Students take action for Boerderij Daalhoeve

Our primary school students are raising money to help the animals in Stichting Boerderij Daalhoeve. Due to Covid-19 the farm struggles to offer the best care for its birds, bees, donkeys, goats and many other animals. That’s why our primary school heroes are organising sponsored runs, movie…

emPOWERgirls Story: ‘In Sudan boys are sent to school while girls are expected to adhere to certain cultural aspects’

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week you can read about Roua Adam, a Sudanese alumna who is planning on going back to her country to run a sustainable eco-enterprise one day. Roua, a Sudanese graduate from…

Wanted: Moestuintjes from AH and Lentebloeiers Stamps from Plus!

Do you do your groceries at Albert Heijn or Plus Supermarket? We are looking for the ‘Moestuinmaatjes’ and ‘Stamps for Lentebloeiers’ they offer you! Our primary students would love to create their own kitchen garden and plant flowers at our school. You can drop them…

emPOWERgirls Story: UWC experience impacted Sarah’s important decisions in life

In our ’emPOWERgirls Stories’ we want to highlight the power women in UWC Maastricht’s community. This week it’s Sarah Kotb’s turn! Sarah graduated almost 10 years ago, together with the first batch of residential students from UWC Maastricht. They have been a tight knit group…

Volunteering with Serve the City

During times when COVID-19 has affected all of us negatively, there are communities and people trying to bring a little joy to our lives. Serve the City is one of such communities aimed at brightening people’s days by small actions. These actions include litter picking,…

Spring turns our students’ fingers green!

Our students have created their own garden on campus, following the principles of Permaculture Design: to create no waste and value recourses. They re-used an old fenced off-site so protected against grazing geese, they made windbreak walls from coppiced willow and alder which grows abundantly by the moat,…

Keeping Joy and Hope Alive – Jerusalema

We hope to keep the music and dancing going through lockdown, remote learning and difficult times. Thank you for helping us keep joy and hope alive! 💙💚 A special thank you to all the students, families and staff members who helped create this project. Music…

Could you use a hand doing groceries?

Our students are here to help!

UWCM wins at Intervarsity Debate Tournament

Let’s hear it for Sophia Zhang and Ram Orfanel! They competed in this year’s University College London Intervarsity debate tournament. As the only high school team within the competition, they faced college teams from around the world, ranging from schools such as University of Oxford, London…

Urban Youth Unite Conference

We cordially invite you to our online URBAN YOUTH UNITE CONFERENCE. Explore the Sustainable Development Goals through workshops and speeches! Special guest of the day will be Ed Johnson, former Mayor of Asbury Park and Honorary Member of the Global Parliament of Mayors. During the…

Welcome to a new UWC family member!

UWC students come from all cultural backgrounds and socio-economic realities. They have different religions, politics and beliefs. The vast majority of them will require a partial or full scholarship to attend a UWC. What unites them is that they dream big and are curious about…

Secondary school reopened!

As of today, 1 March, our secondary are welcome again in our school buildings. After weeks of remote learning, in person lessons will start again.

Tree planting by students

Some sunshine, fertile soil and many students willing to help: a perfect combination for these freshly planted trees! Thanks to CNME our students learned about the different edible species they would plant later. A total of 30 fruit trees (pears, figs, cherries), 30 shrubs (all types of…

Latin American Cultural Week

Make your own Piñata, learn more about The Guaraníes, a Paraguayan indigenous group, or explore different Latino American music styles. From Mexican Baladas to Argentinian Tangos, your playlist is about to take a 180º turn! Our students invite you to the Latin American Cultural Week….

Happy Valentine’s Day for elderly people in Maastricht

A happy Valentine’s Day for elderly people in Maastricht. Our kindergarten students finished a unit about the responsibility to care for others and made cards for residents of a care home!

Primary school will reopen!

As of next week, Monday 8 February, primary students can go to school in person again after a series of weeks because of the corona lock down. Teachers and parents/guardians are impressed by the work ethic and determination students have shown during the online school…

Home Stay Family to make students feel at home

More and more families in Maastricht welcome our students into their homes over the school breaks. They sign up for an unforgettable, cultural and educational experience and are willing to give one or more students a warm break at the same time! Some scholars who live on…

Our Year 3 students on TV!

We opened, as the first school in Limburg, our very own Fruit Forest! Curious to know what this is? RTV Maastricht made a video about it!

One of our students features at the World Press Freedom Conference!

Our DP student Mohamed became ‘world news’ when he featured on this year’s winning World Press Photo! A video about Mohamed has been made by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Conference that is taking place 9 and 10 December…

Fast Fruit Corner opened!

We opened, as the first school in Limburg, our very own Fruit Forest on Tuesday 1 December. Thanks to IVN Natuureducatie, CNME and Dolmans Landscaping Group our students can grow their own fruit, nuts and herbs. At UWC Maastricht outdoor education plays an important role, as…

Alumna living the mission: Ilari

My name is Ilari. I went to UWC Maastricht from 2014 to 2016. I am from Tirana, Albania. After graduating from UWC I went to Georgetown where I studied international politics and security with a certificate in diplomatic studies. I graduated this May among the…

Thank you to UWC Maastricht alumni and friends for bringing all students to our campus

The arrival of DP1 residential students at UWC Maastricht was for obvious reasons more complicated than ever this year. Many students arrived late, some even more than a month! It was thanks to the support and help of UWC alumni and friends that we eventually…

8982.48 kg of CO2 has already been saved!

The sun is shining in Maastricht. And that’s good news for our 1074 solar panels! It’s UWC Maastricht’s mission to educate for a sustainable future. Over 8982.48 kg of CO2 has been saved since we installed these panels last summer. That equals up to planting…

Fruit trees and bushes at UWC Maastricht!

Many hands make light work ! Thanks to volunteering students, staff and parents we are able to plant fruit trees and bushes on our primary school playground! During the autumn break these helpers removed the bricks to make room for the plants.

UWC Maastricht Merchandise Webshop

 A sports shirt with the UWC Maastricht logo to wear to the gym? Or a hoodie in UWC Maastricht style to stay warm during the cold months ahead? Yes! You can buy all these items and more in our merchandise shop: https://uwc.got-shirts.nl Pay for your…

700 food cans collected

On Monday 20 September we celebrated UWC Day at UWC Maastricht  A day to celebrate the diversity and strength of the UWC movement. This year we collected food cans for Juupu, who will pass them on to people in need. Thanks to the donations of…

United We Can!

Divisiveness, tension and walls have been built around the world over the last few years. In some respects, it feels as if UWC’s goal of uniting people, nations and cultures through education is moving further away. Yet the global crises we face – whether the…

UWCM in EAL Journal!

​​​​Niki Cooper, English Language Learning Coordinator at UWC Maastricht, features in the latest version of EAL Journal! In this magazine about English as an Additional Languages Niki speaks about our school’s language philosophy, which acknowledges, respects and celebrates our community’s linguistic diversity. Read all about…

Covid-19

The new school year begins! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all schools in the Netherlands were closed for a period between mid-March and early June 2020. At UWC Maastricht, all students were offered remote learning and the educational process continued in a different but productive…

Alycia Diaz Living The UWC Mission

It all started when I was in the 9th grade. My parents had gone to a school presentation about curriculum choices their child could take and that is where they first heard about UWC. My parents thought that UWC was a subject I could choose…

Pumla’s Story

Hey family! I am Pumla Maswanganyi, a South African born UWCMaastrichter, from the Class of ‘12 (also known as the ‘Pioneers’).  Coming to Maastricht at 15, I would have never imagined just how transformative this wholejourney would be! From furthering my passion for the arts,…

Wanted: Home Stay Families or Housing

Students at UWC Maastricht come from all over the world. Many of them return to their home country for the summer holiday. However, due to various reasons some cannot go back. Because there are no flights due to corona restrictions, borders are closed, they don’t…

Staying connected with our sponsors online

Social distancing and working from home as much as possible didn’t stop us from (re)connecting with our network of sponsors and supporters. On June 18th, we welcomed approximately 40 guests in our online classroom for an update and inspiration. How is UWC Maastricht impacting its…

In need of a helping hand? UWCM students to the rescue!

Compassion and Service is at the heart of UWC Maastricht. Every year our students carry out many projects and volunteer over 40.000 hours with organisations in Maastricht and the region. For next school year we are looking for new (corona proof) initiatives! Are you involved in…

Renewed Corendon partnership

The Corendon and UWC Maastricht partnership was renewed last year. This was decided upon after a visit of UWC students. These scholars received a scholarship provided by Corendon the past year, which formed reason for them to travel to Badhoevedorp to tell the organisation about…

Arlanxeo: UWC Maastricht’s good neighbour

“Every visit to UWC Maastricht leaves a mark.” These are the words of Heleen Petter, HR business partner at Arlanxeo Holding BV, during a visit to meet Christelle, one of our scholarship students. The company Heleen works for finances an annual scholarship which helps students…

Live after UWC Maastricht

Cicely Belle Blain, Class 2012, is an activist and renowned social justice advocate. She runs her own successful consulting on diversity, inclusion and equality and has received a number of awards for her outstanding work. Hi! My name is Cicely Blain and I graduated from…

Being home stay family: a win-win situation

Host family wanted! That was the headline Robert Janssen read. Are you up for an unforgettable, cultural and educational experience? Are you willing to give one or more students  a warm Christmas holiday? Then open your doors! And that is exactly what Robert did. He…

UWC Mindset Stays After Graduation

In Maastricht we plant the seed, which keeps on growing after our students take the next steps in their lives. For example 2018 graduate Timmin. While studying in Amsterdam, he has started working at a project which offers university students housing in exchange for doing…