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UWCM closed for Summer Break

Summer break is around the corner! UWC Maastricht is closed until 28 August. We look forward to seeing students and staff back in the new school year!

YSE 2023 – WANTED: Alumni co-facilitators and theme experts!

Next school year we will be entering our 8th edition of the Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Program. Among the novelties this past year we had new themes, some new staff and alumni facilitators, a pilot with 11 new local organisations providing challenges that teams took…

Model United Nations at UWC Maastricht

Our Middle Years Programme (MYP) students held an MYPMUN (MYP Model United Nations) conference! Countries were assigned / represented, debates took place, interviews occurred, escape rooms were planned, a zombie outbreak had struck and the opening ceremony started it all. Feline Persoon and Nicole Marques…

Sasha, Class 2016, giving back to UWCM and living the mission

Sasha Gvozdeva, Class 2016 Can you please introduce yourself to those who do not know you? I’m Sasha, and I graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2016. I came to Maastricht through the Belarusian national committee. What comes to your mind when you think of UWC…

Alumni Machi and Victoria coming back to UWCM to live in residences

ALUMNI IN RESIDENCE Machi Shiiba, Class 2019 Victoria Gutierrez, Class 2017 Can you please introduce yourself to those who do not know you? V: My name is Victoria. I am from Bolivia and Italy, and I graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2017. M: I am…

Alumni Defne and Augustine coming back to UWCM to help with Outroduction

OUTRODUCTION Defne Tekin, UWCM 2021, and Augustine Nthenge, UWC RBC 2016 Can you please briefly introduce yourself? D: My name is Defne and I come from Turkey. I graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2021, and I am currently a student at Smith College, in the…

Sofia, Class 2019, giving back to UWCM and living the mission

Can you please introduce yourself? My name is Sofia but people call me Sofi. I’m Chilean and I graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2019. I currently live and study at Quest University, in Canada. What have you been up to since graduating from UWCM? Life…

Korpo, Class 2022, giving back to UWCM and living the mission

Can you please introduce yourself to those who do not know you? My name is Korpo M. Selay, and I am a UWCM alumna from the Class of 2022, so I just graduated. I’m currently back in my home country Liberia.   What was the…

A greener and more sustainable UWC Maastricht

Dear alumni, As we are approaching the summer, I want to share with you some of the initiatives that have kept us busy and excited this academic year. If you would return to our campus today, you will be able to see for yourself that…

Die With Zero Workshop

Please introduce yourselves and tell us what brought you to UWCM campus? (Fridah): My name is Fridah Mbwaya. I was born and raised in Kenya and attended high school at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Together with Maria, we came to UWCM…

Primary Kids and Staffmembers Ran for Scholarships

The UWC Maastricht community has joined forces in terms of fundraising, while taking on a personal challenge! All primary kids and a couple of staff members ran races and used it as an opportunity to raise funds for a scholarship for a student from Ukraine…

‘Giving Comfort’: Quilts for Child Refugees

A team of eleven volunteers (DP students, parents and staff members) made 22 quilts, to create something practical and comforting for Ukrainian refugee children arriving in Maastricht! Each quilt features a Sint Servaas Bridge pattern (by local designer Olivia Bertus) to signify the link with…

Philanthropist Shelby Davis Doubles Gifts To UWC!

We are delighted to share that United World Colleges (UWC) International Patron and global philanthropist, Shelby Davis, is doubling his support to the Davis-UWC Dare to Dream Scholarship Program for highly talented students in need, who are selected in over 155 countries to attend one…

Changemaker Programme

Students from UWC Maastricht and Porta Mosana College (also in Maastricht) have followed the Changemaker Program in recent months. They learned how to use their talents and networks when starting up a project. And yesterday during the CHANGEMAKER DAY they carried out those projects! Everywhere…

Maastricht Model United Nations: call for participants!

MaasMUN, Maastricht Model United Nations, is a conference led by students for students (with adult supervision). It is an educational simulation for young leaders on how the United Nation works with its policies. You can learn about diplomacy,  International Nations, UN Nations as well as…

WANTED: GUEST FAMILIES or HOUSING

UWC Maastricht is looking for guest families or housing, for students who can not go back home this upcoming summer break (due to reasons such as corona, no financial means or too dangerous in their home country). Are you up for a cultural, informative and…

Use our Booking.com-link and support UWCM for FREE!

Supporting our Scholarship Fund has never been easier! Do you ever book your hotel via Booking.com? Next time use our special link: uwcmaastricht.nl/booking Part of your spending will go to the UWC Maastricht Scholarship Fund and for you it doesn’t cost extra! — Deliberate diversity…

Beekeeper workshop for primary students

Our Primary Year 6 students have been inquiring into the life cycle of flowers and the process of pollination as part of their Outdoor Learning Program. A local beekeeper came over to give a workshop on how “kept bees” are taken care of, how the…

Director of Primary Appointment

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Nilde Pais as the new Director of Primary at UWC Maastricht, effective 1 September 2022. Nilde joins our school following a twenty-year career as Primary teacher, coordinator and Primary lead at various international schools in…

Inspiring and curious encounter with members of Curiosophy Collective

‘The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.’ Viktor Frankl. Exactly one week ago students and staff of UWC Maastricht had a very inspiring curious encounter with members of The Curiosophy Collective! Together they surveyed the question ‘What can we…

Partnership with DHL

UWC is proud to announce a partnership with DHL! The world’s leading logistics company. UWC’s education for peace and sustainability strongly resonates with DHL and its purpose: connecting people and improving lives. The company will be particularly involved in our project to support girls from the…

21 June: Career’s Fair

Our Knooppunt Team is organizing a Career’s Fair to help students who are unsure about their future careers explore different possibilities of life. They would like to present the idea that career possibilities are more than doctors or engineers through real stories. It will provide…

2 June: Diversity and Inclusion Event

How inclusive is the company you work for or the club that you are running? How can we discuss issues concerning race, ethnicity and gender while being mindful of sensitivities and different realities? On 2 June UWC Maastricht is taking you through best practices, challenges, successes and…

UWCM closed for May Break

UWC Maastricht is closed for May Break, between 23 April and 8 May.

UWCM students in Chapeau Magazine

Three UWCM students feature in this month’s issue of Chapeau Magazine. Aslambek, Rosa and Ng’or talk about their lives at UWC Maastricht, what they’ve learned so far and their future ambitions. And about Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, who is a UWC alum and will…

Student to UWCM thanks to TV Program Floortje Naar Het Einde Van De Wereld

Floortje Dessing, famous television host in the Netherlands, visited Belize in one of her recent episodes of ‘Floortje naar het Einde van de Wereld’ (Floortje to the End of the World). There she met Tati, who resides with her parents, living in a house which…

Paris Marathon to Raise Money for Scholarship

She did it! Kate Doyle, UWC Maastricht Director of Secondary School, ran the Paris marathon and raised money for a scholarship for a student from Ukraine to attend UWC Maastricht! Three other staff members are running marathons too. Support them and the scholarship fund via…

Fundraising event for Giro 555 by Primary Students

Our Primary School students hosted a fundraising event and raised over €2000! This money will be donated to giro555.nl. The event was an effort to raise funds for relief in Ukraine, but also a moment of togetherness with music and poetry. There were homemade crafts…

UWCM Alumna together with Dutch Princess in Harper’s Bazaar!

Fahima Elmi, UWC Maastricht Class of ’20, features this issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Together with Dutch Princess Laurentien! They met for an interview to speak about social involvement, female empowerment and Princess Laurentien being an example to Fahima! You can read the interview here. Harper’s…

IBCP at UWC Maastricht

As we have announced earlier this year, UWCM will offer the Career-related Programme (IBCP) to its students from September 2022. Learn more about this programme and the possibilities for alumni involvement from this interview with Nathan Hunt.   IB Career-related Programme at UWC Maastricht  …

Spring Update from Sandra

Spring Update from Sandra, Director of Advancement Now that almost all of the Corona-restrictions in the Netherlands have been released, it’s great to find our school going back to normal again. This means that our students are able to enjoy the full UWC experience and…

Sherab Dorji, Class 2015

Sherab Dorji, Class 2015 Can you please briefly introduce yourself for those who do not remember you from their time at UWC Maastricht?  My name is Sherab Dorji, I am from the Kingdom of Bhutan and I studied at UWCM from 2013 to 2015. I…

Sahar Thomson, Class 2016

Sahar Thomson, Class 2016 Sahar, your co-year Tomasz Bazant who was featured in the last alumni newsletter, nominated you for an interview because of your work on the Global Citizen Year. Before we talk about that, can you please introduce yourself for those who have…

Interview with YSE alumni facilitators

Aoife and Jule, Class 2016, Marilena, Class 2018 and Hannah, Class 2017 Can you please introduce yourself to those who do not know you? J: My name is Jule, I graduated in 2016 as a residential student. I am from Germany. After graduating from UWCM,…

Matej Bilik, Class 2016

Can you please introduce yourself to those who do not know you? My name is Matej and I am from Slovakia. Right now I am a master student but back in the days I was a student at UWC Maastricht and I finished in 2016….

Arnaud Michel, Class 2016

Please introduce yourself to those who do not know you. My name is Arnaud. I am originally from Switzerland but I have had the privilege to live abroad thanks to my parents’ work in hospitality. I lived in a variety of tropical islands before coming…

Running for Ukraine!

4 UWC Maastricht staffmembers decided to join forces in terms of fundraising, while taking on a personal challenge! Each of them will run a marathon and use it as an opportunity to raise funds for a scholarship for a student from Ukraine to attend UWC…

Ukrainian alum safe thanks to UWCM friend

As a global movement that makes education a force for peace, our mission and our work come into sharp focus when crises emerge like they have in Ukraine. At the same time it is heartwarming to see that, even during times of war, our school…

Special visitors for Year 5 students

Our Year 5 kids had some visitors over this morning! Students from Basisschool De Vlinderboom were there as part of a language exchange programme and they played games together. In English and in Dutch, because those are the two languages kids from both schools are…

Tickets TEDxUWCMaastricht on sale

Mark your calendar for 26 March: TEDxUWC Maastricht is happening again! “This year’s theme is Beneath the Mask. Many of us have felt trapped behind a mask that conceals who we really are. Now more than ever, we are being asked to let our guards…

UWC community volunteered for NLDoet

At UWC Maastricht, our actions and language communicate compassion and commitment to communities. We work at all levels – personally, locally, regionally, nationally – to make the world a better place. Today we, our whole community, participated in NLDoet!  More than 1000 UWCM’ers worked with…

Start of Changemakers

CHANGEMAKERS started today! A project in which 120 students from UWC Maastricht and Porta Mosana College are committing to society in the coming period. Through trainings, they learn to discover their own talents and practice with new skills such as networking and project management. After…

International Women’s Day

We celebrated International Women’s Day this week! Our students organized a Femme Fight Conference. And together with students and members of the school’s Female Empowerment Network we discussed fashion norms and values and how they are perceived differently in regions, tribes and countries. Also Youssra…

School closed for Carnaval Break

UWC Maastricht is closed during the Carnaval Break, from 26 February till 6 March.

Great performance by musical team

The UWCM Musical Team has given two great performances of their fully student led show. Congratulations to the whole team! Photo by Ajay Hirani.

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…

Join our Youth Environmental Sustainability Conference online!

15 February at 19.30h it’s time for our Youth Environmental Sustainability Conference!  In the era of fake news and hollow political promises, it’s often disheartening to think about climate change, and think that the battle is lost. Through their conference, our students want to show…

Open call for speakers TEDxUWCMaastricht

Have you ever imagined sharing your unique story on the TEDxUWCMaastricht platform, organised by the youth for their local community, to inspire tomorrow’s world? It is with great excitement that the Tedx Team informs you that for the first time in two years, TEDxUWCMaastricht will resume…

Happy Chinese New Year!

恭喜发财 Happy Chinese New Year! This week Chinese, Asian and other students came together to celebrate Lunar New Year. It is now the year of the Tiger. They had dinner together and joined a Calligraphy Club. Led by club leader Melinda Huang, all participants wrote…

UWC nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

UWC has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!  While we are still a long way from being awarded the Prize, the nomination is such a wonderful recognition of our mission and vision as we enter the 60th anniversary year of the UWC movement. It affirms…

Spectrum Week at UWC Maastricht

Stormy weather in the Netherlands, which is perfect for a waving flag! It’s Spectrum Week at UWC Maastricht and we show our support for the LGBTQIAP+ movement!

Photo exhibition Werelddoelen in Beeld

Our students at the opening of the SDG photo exhibition “Werelddoelen in Beeld #2”! Earlier this year they received lessons about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and learned how to translate them into images. And now their works are presented at Pathé Cinema, Boschstraat)…

Big cheque for UWC Maastricht, thanks to Ladies’ Circle 36 Maasland!

Ladies’ Circle 36 Maasland donated €5.999,- to our Female Empowerment scholarship fund for girls from the MENA region! The ladies raised this amount by selling Christmas trees last month. Today two representatives of the circle visited UWC Maastricht and presented the cheque to the school’s…

UWCM Student Part of Photo Exhibition

Victoria, student at UWC Maastricht primary school, is part of a photo exhibition! She made a picture about her view on ‘Global Education’, one of the United Nations Global Goals. “I like photographers and I like to come up with creative things. I took a…

UWC Maastricht welcomes new Chair of the Board

UWC Maastricht is excited to announce the appointment of Angelique Paulussen as the new Chair of the school Board, starting 1 January 2022. In this role, Angelique will provide leadership at the level of school governance and provide guidance and support to the Head of…

UWC Maastricht closed for Winter Break

Between Saturday 18 December and Sunday 9 January, UWC Maastricht will be closed for winter break. We wish you happy holidays and a peaceful 2022!

Many lesson materials and toys for Adelante thanks to MYP2 students

Our MYP2 students have started an ‘Adelante Material Donation Project’, for which they asked people to donate toys. Adelante, a school for children with mental and/or physical disabilities, was gravely damaged by floods earlier this year. A lot of the lesson materials and toys that…

Human Rights Day Tree Planting

In light of the upcoming Human Rights Day, Shelter City Maastricht, Ugandan lawyer and human rights defender Anthony Odur and UWC Maastricht students planted a tree, to remind us that we all have the power to make a change! “It means a great deal to…

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It’s Giving Tuesday!

Happy GIVING TUESDAY! What good cause will you be supporting today? Imagine everybody would do something good, together we could make a huge difference! Need some inspiration? Take a look at our Afghan Youth Initiative!

Marguerite Soeteman ambassador Female Empowerment Network

Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen (right), together with Maria van der Hoeven, also ambassador, and Fahima Elmi, UWC Maastricht alumna UWC Maastricht is very honored to welcome Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, chairman of SER Top Women, as ambassador of the Female Empowerment Network! Together with women in key positions, she will…

Black Friday becomes GREEN Friday!

Second-hand clothes are given a second life in our Swap Shop, which leads to happy students with new purchases and at the same time a limited footprint! It is the responsible way of UWC Maastricht to participate in Black Friday!

UWC Maastricht for Afghan Youth

❝UWC was more than a school for me. It was a supportive space where I was able to flourish in a safe environment. Focusing on your education is already hard as it is… and nearly impossible to do when in unsafe conditions. The time to…

Power women meet power girls!

Elsemiek and Leone, two Dutch women whose daughters attended United World Colleges several years ago, visited UWC Maastricht to meet up with students Reema and Safiyo. Elsemiek and Leone belong to the school’s Female Empowerment Network and want to encourage other women to join too. By…

Buy Your Christmas Tree and Support Education for Girls

Based on the belief that the world needs more powerful women, United World College Maastricht is committed to quality education for girls. By buying one of our Christmas trees you will support the scholarship fund for girls from the Middle East and North Africa! Thanks…

Interview with alum Ane Breivik

Ane Breivik, Class 2017 Please tell us who you are, when did you graduate and what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of UWC Maastricht? And of your time at UWCM in particular? My name is Ane Breivik, I…

Critical Engagement with alumni Siem and Hazel

Siem van de Kar, Class 2018, returned to UWC Maastricht in October as one of the facilitators of this year’s Critical Engagement (CE) and told us why alumni should think about joining the CE team.   Please tell us who you are, when you graduated…

Interview with alum Georgia Katakou

When did you graduate from UWC Maastricht? And what comes to your mind when you think about your time at UWCM? I arrived at UWCM in 2016 and graduated in 2018. When thinking about those two years in Maastricht, I mostly think about the people…

Interview with alum Basit Muhammadi

Basit Muhammadi, Class 2018 Please introduce yourself, for those who do not know you. Is there anything specific that comes to your mind when you think back to the two years that you spent at UWC Maastricht? My name is Basit, and I come from…

Interview with alum Dasha Davidovskaya

Dasha Davidovskaya, Class 2018   For those out there who do not know you, can you please introduce yourself?  Hi! My name is Dasha Davidouskaya and I graduated from UWC Maastricht in 2018. I am in my last year of studies at Luther College, and…

Interview with alum Tomasz Bazant

My name is Tomasz Bazant, I am Polish and I graduated from UWCM in 2016. When I think back to my time at UWCM, I remember idealistic, hard-working youth that learned from each other in a supportive environment full of devoted staff members. I could not…

Alumni Giving Back Survey

We know that UWC Maastricht alumni are fantastic people who are giving back to the UWC community and movement in many different ways.    Ok, so why the survey? We think we know but we do not have any solid data to show this. If…

A return to normal and beyond

A return to normal and beyond After eighteen months of lockdown, school closure, group quarantine and various modes of physical, online and blended learning, UWC Maastricht started this new academic year with a return to almost normal. Most Covid-19 restrictions in the Netherlands have been…

Caretaker Mac has begun his retirement!

October 22, 2021 was Mac’s, Hermon Mc last day as a caretaker at UWC Maastricht. We managed to catch him for a quick interview while he was handing out candy to all the students…how typical!   Hello Mac, today is your last day at UWCm…

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…