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Uniting the World Through Education By Jens Waltermann
changing world needs a new kind of leadership. Globally-minded, ethical, strong leadership. Leadership that harnesses the power of diversity and thrives in complexity. Leadership that speaks to and includes the younger generation. Leadership as compassionate as it is courageous. This is what we foster at UWC. UWC (United World Colleges) is a global movement with the mission to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. We recognise that our goal - a more peaceful, just and sustainable world is an aspirational one. But since our founding in 1962 we have had a transformative impact on 60,000 UWC graduates from 160 countries simply by deploying what our late Honorary President Nelson Mandela called the most powerful weapon to change the world: education. There are 18 UWC schools and colleges and dozens of UWC short educational programmes worldwide. Each serves as an incubator for the next generation of global leadership. Many of our alumni lead in their respective fields: science and technology (there are two UWC astronauts), business (from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to some of the most
innovative start-up founders) and politics (currently, Canada’s Chrystia Freeland and Sierra Leone’s David Sengeh are among our graduates). Along with being highly successful in their chosen pursuits, our alumni bring something special to the table: strong values, an unparalleled level of intercultural understanding, an ability to celebrate diversity and the drive to make a difference. Why? What sets UWC and our graduates apart from those of any other educational institution is, as with most things, a combination of nature and nurture. A UWC education begins with our unique way of finding and selecting students. In nearly 160 countries around the world including all G20 nations, committed groups of volunteers locally seek out and select the most promising candidates for a UWC experience. To ensure the most diverse group of students on our campuses, selections are based solely on candidates’ demonstrated potential, and are independent of their cultural, linguistic, religious or socioeconomic backgrounds. Thanks to UWC’s robust scholarship programme and with the help of our funding partners across the globe, these young people are offered places at UWC schools and colleges and according scholarships →
A UWC education begins with our unique way of finding and selecting students. In nearly 160 countries around the world including all G20 nations, committed groups of volunteers locally seek out and select the most promising candidates for a UWC experience. G20G7.COM
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