United World Colleges (UWC)
“UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”
United World Colleges (UWC) is a unique global educational movement that brings together students from all over the world – selected on personal merit, irrespective of race, religion, politics and the ability to pay – with the explicit aim of fostering peace and international understanding.
The UWC concept was conceived in the 1950s at the height of the Cold War by German educationalist Kurt Hahn. Hahn believed that much could be done to overcome religious, cultural and racial misunderstanding and avoid conflict if young people from all over the world could be brought together. Today there are 13 UWC colleges and schools across five continents, each with its own distinctive character, but sharing a common mission and values.
Students and staff from many different nationalities and a wide variety of backgrounds form vibrant and enthusiastic communities as they live and work together. High academic standards, a strong emphasis on community service and a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities are all part of the challenge and excitement of a UWC education.
UWC colleges and schools are supported by a network of volunteer National Committees in over 130 countries.
National Committees promote UWC to prospective students, encourage and support applications, select students, based on merit and potential to represent their country and prepare students for their UWC experience. Some national committees also run short programs.
Visit the UWC website for more information.
By people from everywhere for people from everywhere
United Words began as a student-led initiative at Atlantic College, initiated by Valentin Jeutner, aiming to promote the United World Colleges ideals and to provide a platform for dialogue within the UWC Movement. The webpage http://www.unitedwords.org, created in November 2007 with the financial support of two AC graduates, features articles and videos on UWC and global issues. The United Words network has now expanded to include students from other UWC colleges and schools around the world.
It is our belief that the international environment of a UWC provides the best opportunity to examine global issues from different perspectives. After all, a Chinese student commenting on China, the lives of Chinese people and their own story is not comparable to the news report submitted by a foreign journalist, however experienced they may be.
United Words has been recognized by the International UWC Office as the Official UWC Student Magazine since March 2008. The website has continued to develop with over 150,000 people visiting the blog at a day rate of more than 150 visitors. We welcome suggestions and articles.
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The current editors-in-chief are: Hajar El Fatihi, Paul Lau, Frances Howell, Yuexin Zeng, Sonia Cheung and Morag McKenzie.