The difference GIVING makes
The Impact of Giving Report 2017/2018
Highlights 03 THE FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 06 GIVING AT A GLANCE 08 PARENT AMBASSADORS— the face of the Foundation
16 SCHOLARSHIPS— stories of promise and potential
38 SUSTAINABILITY— tales of environmental stewardship
52 TEACHING AND LEARNING—stories of immersive learning
Donor families and their scholars
One family’s passion for a greener world
Innovation and experimentation at the IDEAS Hub
Solar for UWCSEA – a brighter future
Researching the impact of a UWC education
The Staff Scholarship Fund is changing lives Community support reaching new heights Finding hope for refugees
Adopt a Tree – foresting our campuses The pulsing life force of the Dover Green Heart
The generosity of one UWCSEA family In appreciation of Chinese Culture and History
64 ENDOWMENT— the story of a long journey Growing the UWCSEA legacy The UWCSEA Foundation Ltd 1207 Dover Road Singapore 139654 | +65 6419 9353 email@example.com | www.uwcsea.edu.sg/supportus The United World College of South East Asia Foundation is an established charity in the Republic of Singapore. Company Registration Number 200404580M Charity Registration Number 01797.
Editors: Alexandra Touchaud, Monica Stanciu, Courtney Carlson, Dave Shepherd and Elizabeth Orr Photography: Sabrina Lone, Gilmore Woodley and members of the UWCSEA community Design: Nandita Gupta Printed on 100% recycled paper with environmentally friendly inks | MCI (P) 079/01/2019 | 045FOUND-1819
PA East’s commitment to the future
72 THE DONOR ROLL— a drum roll of gratitude
CHRIS EDWARDS This is a story of passion and engagement, excitement and hope. Reducing all that to a mere ‘report’ is to suck away its essence, for the word is cold and utilitarian. The word ‘report’ suggests—indeed it effectively demands—facts and objectivity. So although this is most certainly a ‘report’ in so far as it is a factually correct update, I’d like you to imagine the word doesn’t apply, because this is all about relationships and very human endeavours. Look beyond statistics to the stories, and look within the stories for the warm and critical interventions that donors have made to help further our programme, our environment and our scholarships. We are grateful and excited in equal terms, because the on-the-ground change that philanthropy makes is palpable in every corner of the College. Some of the giving may be invisible, but its impact is all around us. Students can speak to it, visitors can see it and colleagues can advance their work with it. It is all around us, beating at the heart of the community.
“This is a story of passion and engagement, excitement and hope.”
A report it may be, but this publication is also a tale of people who care about today and tomorrow and the world we leave our children. We are immeasurably grateful to all our donors. Chris Edwards, Head of College
UWCSEA FOUNDATION The Foundation is dedicated to enriching the unique UWCSEA learning experience and bringing the College closer to achieving its mission: making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Responsible for advancing the philanthropic aims of the College, the donations support activities and initiatives that help bridge the gap between UWCSEA being a great international school and being a truly great United World College. Since inception in 2008, the Foundation has enlisted the support of the UWCSEA community to focus on four key pillars of activity: scholarships, sustainable development, teaching and learning, and endowment. It is the collective generosity of donors, through gifts large and small, that has helped us realise so many of our most fervent dreams for UWCSEA. Grains of ideas that have bloomed into funded initiatives include Solar for Dover and East (student-led sustainability initiatives), the IDEAS Hub (a centre for entrepreneurship and creativity), and the ever-expanding Scholarship Programme. Scholars are a core part of the UWC mission; bringing extraordinary young people brimming with promise and potential from countries far away, and often from the most challenging of circumstances, to UWCSEA where they, like each and every one of our more than 5,500 students, will be imbued with the UWC ethos and values of positive change. This report, â€˜The difference giving makesâ€™, brings to life the generosity of donors that has created waves of powerful effect in our community; we welcome you to share in the stories and be inspired by the possibilities.
FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL A year of transition
Introducing the Foundation Leadership Council
The Foundation was established a decade ago as an independent, non-profit organisation that builds awareness of the College vision, and raises, invests and manages philanthropic contributions to benefit UWCSEA.
The FLC is a global, non-statutory council made up of Foundation Leadership Council Trustees—senior volunteers who are prominent leaders from within the UWC community. The Trustees are a globally representative group who have a deep affiliation and connection with the College, many are alumni or parents of current students. They willingly donate their time, energy and expertise to the UWCSEA Foundation and advocate on its behalf.
The Board structure of the Foundation has evolved over the years in line with needs. Originally guidance came from the Foundation Board, but in 2017/2018 the Foundation Board was merged into the UWCSEA College Board, providing the Foundation with seamless advice on regulatory matters. We are delighted to announce the new Foundation Leadership Council (FLC), which will be offering the Foundation additional leadership support and the provision of long-term, independent advice on philanthropy strategy and initiatives.
The FLC will take an active role in helping the UWCSEA Foundation maximise advancement initiatives, through a three-pronged approach: • ADVICE: Offer independent, expert advice to guide the Foundation’s strategic focus. • ACCESS: Help the Foundation access and leverage local and global insights and contacts from whom to solicit philanthropic support for the College. • ACTION: Drive action through the establishment of local and global fundraising programmes. We are excited to announce that leading environmentalist and long-term UWCSEA supporter, Kirtida Mekani, will chair the FLC. She will be working closely with the team of committed volunteers, experts in their professional fields, to be proud ambassadors of the College.
KIRTIDA MEKANI It is with great excitement that the Foundation Leadership Council (FLC) has come together—full of plans and energy. It is a powerhouse of committed advocates who are determined to bring their individual expertise, knowledge and passion to the role of Foundation Trustee. We will be working together to reach out and increase awareness of the unique UWC mission, and to help drive increasing levels of philanthropic support for the College. The world is changing so fast, as is the delivery of education, and we believe the FLC can successfully be the conduit for investment into the next generation. There are so many exciting initiatives that can help deliver UWCSEA’s inspirational and far-reaching mission, developing these opportunities for our youth is not a path followed, but a path created. Often new initiatives and activities extend beyond traditional academic programmes, and often the associated costs extend above and beyond what is covered within the existing fee structure. The FLC’s role is to raise philanthropic contributions to help provide capacity for the College to deliver on these opportunities. I am delighted to be leading this action-oriented team, focussed on expanding the College’s resources: opening doors, minds and hearts to the power of UWC’s value-based education. Kirtida Mekani, Chair, Foundation Leadership Council
Introducing FLC trustees
Extending our deep gratitude to former trustees Former Foundation Chair of Trustees Declan MacFadden Kishore Mahbubani
Kirtida Mekani, Chair
Former Foundation Trustees Andy Budden Gay Chee Cheong David Chong Priti Devi Dale Fisher ’78 Shareen Khattar Harrison Mikael Mörn ’92
Michelle Sassoon ’82
Tord Stallvik ’86
Heinrich Jessen ’86 Sat Pal Khattar Derek Lau Ravi Raju Mary Ann Tsao Robinson Satish Shankar Kim Teo ’76 Lei Zhang
GIVING AT A GLANCE
New gifts and pledges
Teaching staff donating*
Programmes and Priorities
Teaching and Learning
Current parents (families) donating
Reunion 2018 attendees participated in Reunion Class Giving**
Graduating Class Giving**
Scholarships Sustainable Development
* Read more on page 28. ** Read more on page 37.
Donors who are members of more than one community group are reflected in all relevant constituencies. At the time of publication, the figures included in this report are unaudited numbers for financial year 2017/2018 at 31 July 2018. All currency references are in Singapore Dollars unless otherwise specified.
Donor recognition societies
Since inception, the UWCSEA Foundation has coordinated nearly S$27million in new gifts and pledges. 100% of donations support the continued development of the College and the UWC movement. Membership of our donor recognition societies for 2017/2018 has increased, as follows:
1971 Society recognises those who have made cumulative lifetime gifts in five giving levels from S$10,000 to in excess of S$1,000,000.
Members renewed/ upgraded to a new giving level
Globe Giving Club is an annual giving society that recognises gifts of S$1,000 or more made during the financial year.
Chairman’s Circle – $1,000,000 and above Patron’s Circle – $500,000– $999,999 Benefactor’s Circle –$100,000–$499,999
Fellow’s Circle – $50,000–$99,999 Member’s Circle – $10,000–$49,999
Kurt Hahn Society recognises those who have indicated they intend to leave a legacy to the College as part of a planned bequest.
the face of the Foundation
UWCSEA Foundation Parent Ambassadors are a group of passionate and motivated parents who represent the Foundation within the UWCSEA community. They are powerful advocates for the work of the Foundation, supporting activities and events, increasing awareness of the impact of giving to the College, and encouraging members of the community to make a contribution through the UWCSEA Fund.
â€œWhether by conducting the remarkably successful Sustainability Tours or helping drive forward the numerous student-led initiatives, our Parent Ambassadors have established deeper roots than one could have imagined. There are so many inspiring stories in this College: how wonderful that we have people not just to tell, but to make them.â€? CHRIS EDWARDS
The Foundation Parent Ambassador programme really came into its own in 2017/2018. With their bright orange lanyards, the more than 100 volunteers can be regularly spotted on the East and Dover campuses, running a myriad of activities:
Foundation representation Stalwarts at numerous parent events, including coffee mornings, campus fairs and festivals, the Parent Ambassadors are celebrated as being the face of the Foundation to the UWCSEA community.
Finding inspiration at Foundation Week “I have visited UWCSEA Dover countless times since my daughter first started in 2011, but I’m humbled to say that I had not realised how comprehensive and impactful the Foundation-supported programmes were at the College. I attended three of the Foundation Week events. The first, a very enlightening tour of Dover Campus to learn about how the school has integrated sustainable water and energy practices into the design and the architecture of the buildings. The second, a screening of the film Plastic Ocean. But perhaps the most impactful event for me was third, the Dinner with Scholars, where families were able to meet some of the international scholars who have been given this life-changing opportunity to study at UWCSEA, thanks to the funds raised by the UWCSEA Foundation. I sat at a table with scholars from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Namibia and Cambodia. They were articulate, mature and grateful, and shared fascinating insights about their backgrounds and experiences at UWCSEA. By the end of the week, I was inspired to sign up as a Parent Ambassador with the UWCSEA Foundation!” VICTORIA GREAT
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Class gift initiatives Parent Ambassadors ramped up terrific levels of support for the end of year class gifts that encouraged an excited wave of student involvement and donations to increase numbers of solar panels and trees around our campuses.
Foundation Week Most celebrations last a few hours, some a whole day— this one lasted a full week. The UWCSEA inaugural Foundation Week, November 2017, showcased the work of the Foundation in a series of free, fun and informative events held over both campuses. Over 800 parents, staff, students and alumni registered to be part of the celebrations and learnt more about the impact of giving to UWCSEA.
1. Dinners with Scholars Parent Ambassadors run an annual Dinner with Scholars on each campus. These evenings are known as not-to-be-missed occasions beloved by our UWCSEA community as an opportunity to share stories, listening and learning from our 89 scholars (who come from a United Nations-worthy list of 45 different countries). The suppers are equally enjoyed by our scholars, who look forward to getting to know more people from the wider UWCSEA family, many of whom have generously contributed to their scholarships, and all of whom have contributed on the night to a home-cooked, potluck feast.
2. Film nights Last year, Parent Ambassadors organised film nights for the first time. There was much positive feedback about the eye-opening choice of movies, addressing ‘missionlinked’ humanitarian and sustainability issues. The films were White Helmets and A Plastic Ocean—stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to care for their communities.
3. Sustainability Tours Run over both campuses, these regular tours give a behind-the-scenes look at how UWCSEA is committed to making environmental stewardship a major part of every child’s education, as part of our mission to create a more sustainable planet. From solar panels to hidden irrigation systems, water harvesting to passive lighting systems, these tours showcase the incredible breadth of sustainability initiatives both in place and planned.
“In the boarding house, we count down to the Dinner with Scholars. Last year I enjoyed meeting some lovely UWCSEA families from Italy and New Zealand on my table. I shared stories of my childhood in the hustle and bustle of Addis Ababa, over a lasagna dripping in mozzarella and a kiwifruit-covered pavlova. Sharing stories is food for the soul!” FEVEN, Grade 12, Scholar from Ethiopia
GREEN NEWS FLASH tales from the Sustainability Tours
UWCSEA spends 30% less on electricity and water than buildings of comparable size in Singapore.
Lighting up classrooms— and imaginations.
Students are turning 50 litres a day of Sodexo scraps into rich compost; then rolling up their sleeves to mix it for tree planting and fertilizing.
On Dover, 82 classrooms are already lit by solar energy from 626 panels—70 tonnes per year of CO2 emissions are avoided as a result. The next phase will install 1,016 more panels. On East Campus, we aim to install 1,130 panels.
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Both campuses have been awarded the prestigious BCA Green Mark Platinum Award. On East, solar power systems generate thermal energy for a hybrid airconditioning and hot water system—providing 100% of hot water and 30% of air-conditioning needs.
Students on both campuses are actively composting and using the rich material in campus gardens.
Capturing the rain: East’s Rain Garden and Dover’s retention ponds supply much of the irrigation needs of the two campuses. Thanks to tropical downpours, rain water is gushing from the purple garden taps around the campus and flushing many of the school toilets.
Students are developing green fingers in the Rainforest Restoration Nurseries and working on ground-breaking biomimicry and pollination projects. One enthusiastic Foundation Parent Ambassador was overheard proudly announcing, “Vegetables, fruit and herbs are growing like weeds!”
4. Impact of Giving Gala Beyond the festivities and frivolities of the wonderful Gala night in November 2017, there was an undercurrent of serious intent—to raise funds for UWCSEA, to ensure we are not just a great international school but a great United World College. Hope, passion and purpose were on the menu. Whilst enjoying the roast lamb and celeriac mousseline, guests bid on auction items to support UWCSEA scholarships and sustainability initiatives. Over praline and frangipane tarts, guests listened to Sreylin, scholar from Cambodia, share her inspirational story: from the streets of Phnom Penh to UWCSEA, future plans for university, and then a return home to work for positive change in the community.
Gala gifts that go on giving For all the sparkling, glittering magic of that night, the message was substantive and the effects long lasting. Only after the music faded away could the echoes of a deeper beat, be heard, it was the sound of real impact. In the weeks and months that followed the outpouring of generosity of that evening, where over S$350,000 was raised, substantive impact began to be felt. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the guests. The effects have been transformational—this is the Impact of Giving from our Gala:
Scholarships Funds raised that night contributed towards three new scholarship opportunities— meaning we were able to welcome excited scholars to their new home at UWCSEA in August of this year.
Sustainability • Adopt a Tree: Thanks to Gala donors, in years to come students will be basking in the shade of the spreading branches of the eight new indigenous trees that now grace each campus, and the virtual orchard of papaya trees that were raffled off. • Solar: Funds were raised for eight new solar panels on each campus. • Green Warrior Programme: Nearly S$30,000 was raised for the new Dover Green Heart, the expansion of the Campus Composting scheme, and an exciting Zero Waste project—recyclable Party Packs. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and passion of the Organising Committees, co-chaired by Julianne Martin and Asema Ahmed, with 26 dedicated volunteers, including Foundation Parent Ambassadors from both campuses, and a group of 300 like-minded guests coming together that night to support a cause they all hold dear. “Ours is a very special community, exemplified by Gala guests, who passionately believe in the difference a UWC education can make, and in the difference they can personally make in that education,” said Dave Shepherd, UWCSEA Foundation.
“Parent involvement is such a vital and differentiating part of life at UWCSEA, and joining the Parent Ambassador team is a wonderful way of helping raise awareness of the UWCSEA Foundation and the positive impact of giving. Join us!” BETTINA HAUPTER UWCSEA Foundation Parent Ambassador Programme Coordinator
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“Being involved with the Foundation is the most meaningful gift I can make to UWCSEA and my children’s education. Whether it is developing a friendship with a scholar from the other side of the world or raising money for solar panels at East Campus, my entire family has benefitted from the Foundation and its impactful programmes.”
“Being a part of the Parent Ambassador community is a way for our family to connect with, and contribute to, the wider mission of UWC. Spreading awareness of the truly amazing work of the UWCSEA Foundation is a tangible and rewarding personal mission.”
“My motivation for getting involved with the Foundation was because I wanted to join in the efforts that I felt would make a difference in helping UWC achieve its mission. As part of the community, parents have a role to play too. It’s great that we have the Foundation through which we can contribute and together make a real difference.”
KATE ANSBRO LAYA
Join us as a Parent Ambassador “It is important to me to show our children that I give both through my time as a Parent Ambassador and through financial support. I need them to see it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture but that ANY donation, however small, can make a real difference - and collectively we can make a huge impact. ‘The greatest crime is to do nothing because we can only do a little.’ (John le Carre).”
“Do you want to see how a single thought can change the world? Come and join the UWCSEA Foundation. It creates opportunities to bring about fruitful change that you can see, experience and participate in. The impact of making a gift has a profound effect not only on the receiver but also on the giver. With a ‘Giving Mindset’ you can easily contribute to changing the world. It’s transformational.”
The Parent Ambassadors’ plans for 2018/2019 are filled with purpose and promise—including launching much-requested tours of the IDEAS Hub—so keep an eye out for their orange lanyards around campus, or get in touch to get your own! If you would like to find out more about this rewarding volunteer role, please contact Bettina Haupter, firstname.lastname@example.org
stories of promise and potential
Uniting people, nations and cultures UWCSEA brings together a diverse group of young people to become future community leaders and find solutions to some of the worldâ€™s most intractable problems. Gifts enhance the diversity of the College through scholarship opportunities so that students of promise and potential can benefit from a UWC education.
Enhancing diversity Kurt Hahn’s vision for the UWC movement was inspirational—to use education as a powerful force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. He passionately believed that bringing together young people from different nations and cultures would create more understanding, respect and ultimately solutions for a better, brighter future. And in the classrooms and hallways, on the sports fields and playgrounds of the 17 UWCs around the world you see the tangible manifestation of that bold vision—students thriving in a melting pot of humanity. It’s all about diversity. At a time when others may be closing doors, building walls, or retreating to comfort zones, UWC reaffirms its commitment to bringing children of the world together to learn, reflect and grow.
“If you ever have the opportunity to sit in on a class, be it history, global politics or another, the dialogue in the room is so much richer because of the perspective and experience that our scholars bring to the discussion.” ANNA LORD Chair, Board of Governors
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As Karma ’18, Scholar from Burma, so succinctly says,
“The beautiful paradox of UWC is that celebrating diversity is what unifies us.” And so UWCSEA, with more than 90 flags proudly fluttering in the tropical breeze, is bringing to life a vision of diversity—with a vibrant, bubbling mix of students, languages and ideas. But Kurt Hahn’s concept stretches far beyond those flags, far beyond the names emblazoned on our students’ passports, for Hahn, true diversity requires social and economic diversity. Ensuring students of promise and potential have the chance to join the movement—whatever their background and means. To that end the UWC scholarship system, supporting scholars often from the most challenging of circumstances, becomes of critical importance in ensuring true diversity. The benefits for the scholars are clear, but so to are there profound benefits for the wider community. Living and learning with scholars in the classroom brings to life global issues, gives an appreciation of differences, and a deeper understanding of specific nations and cultures—we are all immeasurably richer for their presence.
Pleased to meet you
Welcoming scholars thanks to our community
Scholars receiving a UWC education thanks to support from the UWCSEA community
Scholars will graduate in 2019
• 89 scholars at UWCSEA • 4 UWCSEA Refugee Scholarships at other UWCs • 1 Singaporean scholar at UWC Costa Rica • 4 UWCSEA Staff Fund Scholarships at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC and UWC Mahindra
4% New scholars were welcomed to UWCSEA in 2018
• 2 joined Grade 8 on five year scholarships • 1 joined Grade 10 FIB on a three year scholarship • 37 joined Grade 11 on two year scholarships
North and Central America Oceania 6% South America
Scholars per region
9% Africa 16%
“It’s like speed dating, without the dating,” chuckled one of the scholars. In fact it was the bi-annual Meet and Greet soiree when the 89 scholars from 2018/2019 all come together for the chance to better get to know each other. One event is held at the beginning of the school year and one at the end. A group of excited boarders are bused from one campus to the other so that all the scholars get a chance to mix together in the one place. Sodexo puts on a celebratory spread, and the Foundation team arrives with churros for dessert. With nearly a quarter of the 195 countries in the world represented it is like a mini UN of languages and cultures—and yet amongst the noisy, swirling madd of wide-eyed students the commonalities are more evident than the differences. The universal language is laughter, the common mood is optimism—and the international favourite flavour is most certainly ‘Spanish donuts’!
Countries across the world are represented by scholars
Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, USA and Vietnam.
Fond farewells to graduating scholars In May 2018 we said a fond farewell to the 53 members of our scholar community graduating from Grade 12, Class of ’18. They left the College waving further scholarships to continue their education, most funded through the generosity of the Davis UWC Scholars Program. Some headed off for donor-funded gap year experiences first. As with any graduating student, the UWC experience doesn’t stop when they leave the College, it’s the start of a life-long support club as they join a network of 20,000 UWCSEA alumni, and a 50,000 strong global community of UWC alumni. The bonds and support offered within this alumni community is the stuff of legends—alumni seem to have a special UWC ‘passport’ that opens doors to friendships, support groups, future internships and jobs—and, sometimes even, relationships (one of the interesting findings from a recent alumni survey shows that graduates often seek each other out as life partners, fuelled by a common sense of purpose and values).
Maria Fernanda Farias Briseño ’18 Scholar from Mexico
Tintié Ahmed Kone ’18 Scholar from Burkina Faso
“My UWC experience taught me that I want to have an impact in the community and contribute to change, not just wait for things to transform. I will be taking a gap year after I graduate to launch an ergonomic baby carrier I developed in Design and Technology for parents doing manual labour jobs in rural Mexico. After that, I will be in Ecuador working on community projects through Global Citizen Year. After my gap year, I will enrol in the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico to study engineering in sustainable development.
“Over the last two years, I have learned to be more active, to speak up for what I believe is right and to act, no matter the scale. I will take these values with me and do all I can to inspire other young people to lead positive change. After UWCSEA, I will be going to New York University in Abu Dhabi, which is known for its multicultural community. I have chosen to study Electrical Engineering as I believe this will help me make an impact on my home country. Electricity remains a luxury commodity in some areas of Burkina Faso, yet I believe there is huge potential for solar energy. I am grateful for this opportunity and cannot thank the community enough for believing in me.”
I want to thank you for your support. For believing that a young Mexican woman can make a change, widen her perspective and make friends from all over the world. In supporting me, you have not just changed one life, but created a butterfly effect where the flap of tiny wings can create a hurricane.”
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“We’ve been lucky enough to get to know several scholars and see firsthand the impact a UWCSEA scholarship makes on their lives. These students, in turn, have made indelible impressions on our family - and the wider UWCSEA community. They inspire us with their drive and determination, motivating us with their work ethic, ability to overcome challenges, and enlightening perspectives.” JULIANNE MARTIN, UWCSEA Board Member
Emiliana Del Carmen Reinoso Gutierrez ’18 Scholar from Chile
Flademir Luis Ribeiro Mendes Mota ’18 Scholar from Timor-Leste
“UWC has made a huge impact on me. I have lived innumerable adventures. I have taken onboard perspectives of many different things that I would not have been able to see if I hadn’t come to this school. UWCSEA has helped me to lose the fear to undergo challenges. I have decided to take a gap year in India with Global Citizen Year and then, what comes next? I want to contribute to new solutions to social issues in Chile. I want to be an active citizen, student, woman. I want to speak out. Loud.
“The opportunity to be a UWC scholar changed my life! My time at UWCSEA taught me to become a better and more capable person; being surrounded by openminded people and all the UWC values motivates me to create a more sustainable and peaceful future—for myself and my country.
Now it’s time to say goodbye and I say it with enormous hope in humanity, with hope in the power of nature and the universe—with hope in all of us.”
In the future I want to give back, like those generous donors who donated to my scholarship, to enable more kids like me to be able to join the UWC movement, where their eyes, minds and hearts can also be opened and inspired by the energy of positive change.”
Opening the doors to new scholars We would like to extend a special welcome to the 40 scholars who marked the start of a new road of opportunity when joining our UWCSEA community in August 2018; they bring our current scholar cohort to 89 exceptional students representing 45 different countries. They may have only been here for a few short months but already the College is benefiting from their presence. Some of our new scholars share snippets of their first impressions:
Matheus, Grade 11 Scholar from Brazil “Living in this international and multicultural context at UWCSEA changes my perspective. I’m feeling more openminded and socially aware of the political and cultural context of the world. News and events happening in countries that previously seemed so distant from me are now extremely close. In a nutshell, I can say now that I’m a genuine global citizen.”
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Etsubdink, Grade 11 Scholar from Ethiopia “My name is Etsubdink and I am 17 years old. I am from the remotest part of Ethiopia—South Omo zone, Jinka town. I am from a country that has diverse languages, cultures, norms and so on, so that helps me being here at UWCSEA within a diverse community, to meet new people and learn about new cultures. I feel that I’m the luckiest person. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the donors.”
Daniel, Grade 11 Scholar from Ghana “I am a Ghanaian—a wonderful place to grow up, peaceful, resourceful and diverse. Growing up as a kid I was quite different, and I always yearned to do something different. When I arrived in the UWCSEA boarding house I was amazed, everyone seemed excited about meeting new people and interacting with them. It is such a great honour to be a part of this wonderful community. Through UWCSEA, I evolve into being a better person each and every day.”
“The presence of the scholars at school and their visits to our homes enhance the community beyond measure. We appreciate their stories, especially those of the challenges they’ve had to overcome to arrive at UWCSEA. The scholars benefit from the programme as well as helping enrich the experience of those who support them in realizing their dreams.” MARGO ENCARNACION, UWCSEA Board Member
Pretty, Grade 11 Scholar from Fiji “I was really inspired when I went with some of the scholars to have dinner with Mr Charles Ormiston [former Board Chair]. I learnt so much, it moved me. I realised that there are people out there that are collecting funds for students whom they have not even met, I’m really thankful.”
Rothswell, Grade 11 Scholar from Malaysia “I am so excited and happy to open my mind, obtain new experiences, have the chance to do the things that I always wanted to do before, hear and listen to opinions from different perspectives, and to be accepted as an individual, as a true me. Being part of the diverse UWCSEA community makes me feel like I have a big responsibility towards the world, towards everyone, in a movement towards peace and sustainable future.”
Teresa, Grade 11 Scholar from Portugal “I was absolutely petrified at just the thought of an opportunity of this dimension being granted to me! It filled up my heart knowing that UWC trusted me and saw potential in my capabilities and desires to bloom in different ways. It hasn’t been long, yet I already feel like I have gained so much from being here at UWCSEA. I constantly feel the need to share my experience and learning with my loved ones back home.“
Donor families and their scholars Some scholarships are made possible by pooling together funds from tens or hundreds of smaller donations, whilst others are made from the generosity of a single large gift. The extraordinary kindness of the two families profiled here has radically changed the lives of the scholars they are supporting and has grown very special relationships between them and their sponsoring families.
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Nambi and Kayal the healing power of kindness With two daughters who had thrived during their years at UWCSEA, Nambi Viswalingam and Kayal Sachi have a deep appreciation of UWC’s values-based education. So too does their Christian faith guide their profound belief and commitment to the idea of giving back and helping those in need—setting aside a portion of earnings to help others. Bringing these values together, Nambi and Kayal created a scholarship to offer a student from a challenging background the opportunity to study at UWCSEA. Their decision to support a student from Sri Lanka was motivated in part as an opportunity to honour their family heritage, as Nambi’s mother had been born in Colombo, but also as the need there was so great. As a country still recovering from the ravages of war, marked with ethnic and racial conflict, the chance to help educate, empower and positively influence a young student was deeply meaningful. A chance to help in the healing. “From our experience speaking with scholars and observing their growth through attending a UWC school, we have seen how their views of their own communities, and of the world, have broadened considerably. Mixing with students from different parts of the world and learning skills from the rigour
of the IB curriculum gives them confidence in themselves and a way of seeing opportunities in the unconventional. These qualities will hold them in good stead as they face the challenges the future holds for them,” said Nambi and Kayal. Nethmi was the recipient of their first scholarship. She credits Nambi, Kayal and her time studying at UWCSEA with such a wonderful diverse mix of students as fundamentally changing her perspective and life course. Being surrounded by a mixed group of students from different nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds is mutually beneficial, as Nambi explains, “Having scholars within the UWCSEA community enables the whole community to be educated on different perspectives on cultures, religions and histories—students learn to appreciate and respect differences, to find commonalities and solutions, as they inspire each other to create a better future for all.”
“It has been a great pleasure to get to know my donor, Mr Nambi and his family, and to share many worthwhile experiences with them.” NETHMI SACHITHMA PERERA BATHIGE ’18, Scholar from Sri Lanka
As Nethmi is heading out into the world determined to live a life steeped in UWC values and principles, Nambi and Kayal, have offered a new scholarship to Sharon, another young Sri Lankan girl. Sharon’s father had disappeared during the civil war and the family were forced to flee their home, leaving her as an Internally Displaced Person. Just when life was at its most bleak, the scholarship opened a new door to welcome her to UWC Atlantic College. She is currently studying in Grade 11, surrounded by an inspiring group of new friends from all over the world. Standing high on the windswept cliffs of Wales looking out to sea, Sharon’s horizons have dramatically changed; like Nethmi before her, she will soon be taking flight— into a future of unlimited possibilities.
Nethmi, a helping hand to a new life Nethmi Sachithma Perera Bathige ’18, Scholar from Sri Lanka For Nethmi, leaving her home in Matara, Sri Lanka was a mindopening opportunity. She left a community and country scarred by civil war and the brutal legacy of the 2004 tsunami which had killed more than 30,000 of her countrymen.
Bursting with pride: donor support meant Nethmi’s parents could take their first ever flight to be by her side at her graduation.
Her remarkably optimistic spirit is evident in her memories of arriving in Singapore. “On the first day at UWCSEA I met so many people from so many countries across the world that I hadn’t even heard of. I was so excited to speak to them and get to know more about where they came from. I hope to learn many more things in the years to come, and apply these life skills to become a better human being— one who is of service to the environment and the world around me.” Two years later, when asked about the most impactful parts of her UWC education, Nethmi replied, “Making friendships, collaborating with others to create things in line with the UWC mission and values, and learning to respect all people, nationalities, and schools of thoughts and beliefs.” Nethmi’s education continues this year at Macalester College, USA, where she is majoring in biology and geography. “My UWCSEA education succeeded in changing my hopes and aspirations in life towards ones more aligned towards peace, harmony and sustainability in our world. I hope to work either as a marine biologist committed towards preserving our environment, or in the field of global and community health.”
Sharon arriving at UWC Atlantic College
Nambi and Kayal, together with the wider UWCSEA community, look forward to the positive impact these two Sri Lankan changemakers are sure to have in their communities in the future.
Alumni sisters give top Myanmar talent the opportunity to shine Nang Lang Kham (Nang)
Nang Kham Noung (Marlene)
UWCSEA’s values run deep in the family behind Kanbawza Group (KBZ Group). After completing their tertiary studies, sisters, Nang Lang Kham (Nang) ’07, Nang Kham Noung (Marlene) ’09 and Nang Mo Hom (Tracy) ’14, returned home to Myanmar to support the family business, KBZ Group’s KBZ Bank. The sisters explained, “KBZ Group was founded with the mindset of creating a positive impact on society. We welcome meaningful opportunities that allow us to give back to the community, and this scholarship programme was the perfect fit. We have always believed that education is the key to preparing the Myanmar people for the workforce of the future, as our country and bank are currently undergoing an unprecedented rate of modernisation.
Nang Mo Hom (Tracy)
As UWCSEA alumni, we wanted to share the opportunities we had with Myanmar’s best and brightest, to help them achieve their maximum potential and contribute to the country. We hope the UWC values remain with these students for life as they embark upon their professional careers—giving them perspective on the importance of building a sustainable future for generations to come.” Impassioned by a shared dream to help inspire the next generation, the sisters decided to co-create a scholarship programme that would support less-privileged students from Myanmar. The first scholar selected, Deborah, joined UWCSEA in 2017. With the support of the sisters she is thriving in her new environment—as well as looking forward to the day she eventually returns to Myanmar, where she, just like them, will be committed to helping create a brighter future for all.
“Young people like Deborah, represent our country’s next generation of leaders. Through this scholarship, we hope to equip and inspire them with the requisite world-class skills, knowledge, and experiences so they can herald a new era of an inclusive and peaceful Myanmar.” NANG LANG KHAM, NANG KHAM NOUNG AND NANG MO HOM
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Opening doors to a brighter future Deborah ’19, Scholar from Myanmar Arriving at UWCSEA in August 2017, Deborah shared stories from her past growing up in Kachin State in the North of Myanmar, “Life was tough, but I was happy. I mostly spent my spare time helping my mother selling clothes. I loved cooking, singing, listening to music, playing badminton and swimming.” But happy memories were mixed with heartbreak when the civil war broke out in 2011 in the place where she lived. “We just wanted peace,” she said. For Deborah, the chance to study at UWCSEA has drastically changed the course of her life and given her fresh perspectives, “Without this scholarship, I would not be the person I am today. I miss home, as well as my people, but I am very grateful I got a chance to belong to such a vibrant community, full of energy, compassion and hope. I believe that if more youth have the opportunity to experience what I am experiencing, inequality and ignorance would no longer exist.” Looking forward Deborah says, “I now dare to imagine what my future is going to look like.” Indeed, a bright future beckons as Deborah makes plans to head off to college in the USA to study social development, specialising in shaping educational policy and social work. “The opportunities that I gained from UWCSEA have opened wide the doors not only for me but also for my country, and given me more freedom of choice. This is an incredible opportunity to live my life as a world citizen, committed to the UWC values— eventually going back home, where my heart belongs, to share these values and serve my community.”
Support a Scholar Together, we can lend a hand to a deserving young person, changing their life course through a UWCSEA education. Additionally, we welcome donors interested in creating individual scholarships for students from a certain country or region. To find out more about these rewarding opportunities, please contact Monica Stanciu, monica@uwcseafoundation. edu.sg
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The Staff Scholarship Fund is changing lives 20 years ago, UWCSEA staff came together to create the Staff Scholarship Fund. Since then, they have supported 21 scholarship opportunities for students of great promise and potential to experience a transformative education at UWC Mahindra College in India and Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (WK UWCSA), Swaziland. Currently four students are being supported. “Why do I give? Because, as a teacher, I believe with all my heart in the power of education to lift individuals out of disadvantaged circumstances and enable them to realise their potential. Through the collective power of the Staff Scholarship Fund and regular monthly contributions, even modest ones, we too can have a transformative impact on people’s lives.”
• 40% of all teachers and 23% of all our staff (teachers and administration) made a gift through UWCSEA Foundation in 2017/2018.
DR LINDA DE FLAVIS University Advisor
• On a discretionary basis, the fund also assists a small number of high-need UWCSEA scholars with costs involved in transitioning to university: for example, visa fees, arrival costs and occasionally airfares, if their university scholarship does not include them.
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• Donations are made through monthly salary deductions. • UWCSEA staff have been part of the selection process for Mahindra, travelling to Lamdon School in Ladakh to meet potential scholars. Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa sends profiles of admitted scholars and the UWCSEA Staff Scholarship Committee make the selection.
Linda Msibi ’15, Scholar from Swaziland, WK UWCSA
They say ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ and so it was for Linda when she walked out of her childhood home in Manzini and made her way to Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, excited but fraught with nervous anticipation at the new path her life was about to take. It was back in 2009 and Linda had just been awarded a scholarship to Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa. The IB years of this scholarship were supported by strangers—an anonymous group of teachers and staff from half the world away in Singapore. Strangers maybe, but these supporters from UWCSEA saw in her potential, passion and possibility— and believed that this young student could be a changemaker of tomorrow. It was a big step to leave her older brother and beloved mother, who had raised her as a single parent, to go
Celebrating UWC Day 2015 with friends and teachers.
live in the boarding school, but Linda quickly became immersed in campus life. “So many friendly people contributed to my wonderful UWC experience. From the staff, who were a tremendous support system, to the teachers, who encouraged me to challenge myself especially beyond the classroom, and to the friends, who later became like family to me.” Upon graduating Linda wrote to her donors, “It has been a long, challenging and beautiful journey for me both academically and otherwise. I have watched myself transform into a strong and confident young woman throughout the seven years that I have spent at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa. Thank you.” Far from being the end of her journey, Linda’s years at the college were the springboard that took her east,
far east over the Pacific to the chilly climes of British Columbia. Linda was accepted on a full scholarship to study at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada. It was a giant step that saw her struggling at first to adjust to the new culture (and the grey and rainy weather!), but with typical grit she’s come to love living there. “Life in Vancouver is both challenging and exciting. I am doing well and going into my third year at SFU as an Economics major.” When reflecting on how UWC values have shaped her, Linda says, “They have influenced so much of who I am today. So many of the decisions I have made in university, such as adding a minor in Education to my degree (because I believe in the power of education to shape the future), striving to maintain a balance of being a student while being engaged on campus, and
my lifelong commitment to supporting others, like working in the International Peer Leaders programme, are all choices shaped by UWC values.” Indeed, these values drive her life direction beyond university too, “Back in Swaziland, I volunteer as a board member with The Knowledge Institute, a non-profit organisation supporting young Swazis to gain tertiary education opportunities in Africa and abroad. The next few years are uncertain, but I know that given my economics background and undying love for the African continent, I hope to return and participate in the economics and public policy sector.” Linda’s life journey is sure to carry her far and wide but her focus on going home, giving back and making positive change is singular.
Community support reaching new heights
Fund a Flight UWCSEA parents lend a helping hand Sometimes, when you are far from home, you just need a hug from your Mum—or Dad, or another very special person. The Fund a Flight programme provides flights home for hugs in December breaks, and ensures a scholar’s family members are alongside them at key moments, like graduation. This emotionally charged initiative, beloved of donors, scholars and their families, supported 31 flights in 2017/2018.
Djordje Petkovic ’18 Scholar from Serbia “It is hard to describe how grateful I am for being able to have my dad with me on one of the most special days of my life so far. Being a boarder can sometimes be hard, especially because we often miss being able to come home to our parents after school, seeing them in the crowds at our school performances, or sharing many of the important moments we have had here without them. Graduation would have been rather lonely without one of my parents, and it is thanks to you that this was possible. I get to share with my dad this one last beautiful experience as a student in this school, and for that I am immeasurably grateful to you.”
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Masud Tyree Lewis ’18 Scholar from Guyana “You have made my impossible dream, of having my mother here in Singapore for my High School Graduation, a reality—and there are not enough words in any of the world’s dictionaries to express how thankful I am. Being from a single-parent family meant that my mother was the only permanent parent figure in my life. She has been with me throughout my life, through every challenge and at every crossroad. You have afforded me the opportunity to share this special moment with my personal hero and for that, I am eternally grateful. I assure you that I will take what you have done for me as inspiration and ‘pay it forward’—extending the same warmth and generosity to others around the world who are also in need, in the hope of creating and sustaining a cycle of generosity.”
Mikael Mörn’s Big Mountain Challenge alumni community lend a helping hand Mikael Mörn ’92 and Foundation Leadership Council Trustee, recently climbed not one but three of the world’s most remote peaks. The goal of this feat of endurance was to build funds for a new UWCSEA scholarship opportunity. From astride the top of the mountain, Mikael encouraged the alumni community to get involved and help make a difference. They rose to the challenge, with 123 donors combining the power of their collective giving to reach S$108,785—including a S$50,000 matching gift from Mikael himself. The funds raised will be complemented by other funding sources from the UWCSEA Fund to ensure we can fling open our doors to a deserving scholar to start the new school year in August 2019.
“I do not know a group of more positive and passionate leaders of tomorrow than UWCSEA graduates - within that cohort, the grit and determination of scholars, who have often risen from incredibly challenging circumstances, makes them changemakers to watch!”
The goal is to offer this scholarship to a young person who has come from difficult circumstances, potentially an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), and give them the opportunity of a life-changing UWC education.
Shelby Davis strengthens his commitment to UWC Dare to Dream In January 2018, Shelby Davis, long-term supporter of the UWC movement, launched the Davis-UWC Dare to Dream Programme. This remarkable gift, worth US$100 million will provide funding for 100 additional IBDP scholarships every year at UWCs around the world. This will help ensure meaningful socio-economic diversity in the student body across all 17 UWC schools and colleges. This gift is one of the most significant ever made to support secondary education. In making this tremendous pledge, Shelby said: “UWC
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provides a unique education to students from across the world, independent of their socio-economic means. Each year, UWC national committees identify promising young people in almost 160 countries to attend UWC schools and give them access to an international education they would otherwise never even dare to dream of. We need to equip a new generation to work towards a better world. The Dare to Dream scholarships recognise UWC’s capacity to do that and to bring together students from the most diverse backgrounds from
around the globe. I hope it will encourage others to support UWC in eliminating a privileged socio-economic background as a prerequisite for world class education.” As a result of this generous gift, four talented young students have had their dreams come true and joined UWCSEA in August 2018. These deserving dreamers joined us from Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA. This is the latest in a number of Shelby Davis gifts that support the continued growth and development of the UWC movement.
Shelby’s mantra: Learn. Earn. Return.
Davis—UWC Impact Challenge
Shelby Davis credits his generosity to a simple step in the ‘Road Map to Life’s Journey’ passed down to him by his parents. According to the Davis Road Map, the first 30 years of life should focus on Learning, the second 30 years should focus on Earning, and the final 30 years—or third stage of life—should focus on Returning.
In 2015 Shelby, together with his wife, Gale, issued an extraordinary matching gift initiative worth US$17 million in which he offered to match all 17 college’s fundraising efforts—up to US$1 million each. The UWCSEA community rose to the challenge in less than 12 months and together, created the Davis UWCSEA Community Endowed Scholarship. The first recipient of this scholarship began their educational journey at the College in August 2017.
He said his third stage began when he learned about UWC and began the Davis United World College Scholars Program—the largest international undergraduate scholarship programme in the world.
Davis United World College Scholars Program
Davis Projects for Peace
Back in 2000, Shelby Davis founded this programme to support UWC scholars to attend universities in the USA.
Upon the milestone of her 100th birthday, Shelby’s mother and international philanthropist, Kathryn W. Davis, chose to celebrate the occasion by committing US$1 million to create Projects for Peace.
95 universities are members of this prestigious scholarship initiative and since inception, over 18 years ago, 8,595 UWC scholars (and counting) have been supported to receive a tertiary education. These incredible numbers effectively mean that when a scholar receives a 2-year IBDP scholarship to attend one of the 17 UWCs around the world, that lifechanging experience doesn’t suddenly come to an end once they’ve received their IB Diploma and graduated. The beauty of the Davis Scholars Programme is that scholars can have the assurance that in fact there are another four years of continued support available for their tertiary studies. It gives this group the grace of time to further their education, and embed their learnings and values— giving them the opportunity and freedom to thrive.
Through this programme, students studying at a university in the USA submit an application for a US$10,000 grant that enables them to carry out humanitarian efforts around the world. The programme is very popular with UWCSEA students who are looking to put their UWC values into immediate action.
In 2017, Geovânia Clotária Guterres Ornai ’15, Scholar from Timor-Leste, received a Davis Projects for Peace prize. Together with a fellow St Lawrence University student, Geovania used her grant to renovate the Maternity Unit and Patient Bathroom of the Bairo Pite Clinic in Timor-Leste. Having spent her gap year working at the clinic, she was inspired to help update the facilities so it could better serve its low-socio economic community.
From dumpsite to academia
Sayorn Chin ’13, Scholar from Cambodia Impoverished and having lost his parents at barely seven years old, Sayorn took the hand of his younger brother and led the two of them on an epic 250 km journey along the dusty and dangerous roads from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Arriving in the capital, with no family or food, the two boys somehow found their way to the Stung Meanchey dumpsite. Eeking out a living picking through the heaving mountains of rubble and wreckage of the city’s garbage, Sayorn just managed to buy food for the boys to survive, “Perhaps something in my mind pushed me to survive in those circumstances,” said Sayorn reflecting on those terrible times. “I struggled and faced a high level of
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injustice in a disadvantaged society. All I could think of was learning how to survive daily.” A ray of hope came when he was nearly eight and the boys found their way to the Centre for Children’s Happiness (CCH) home, where dumpsite children were given three meals a day and a clean bed. Finally Sayorn was able to go to school. The teachers were astounded— the little boy was clearly brilliant. They watched flabbergasted as he went from being illiterate to topping the class, then quickly skipped ahead, doing the work of a Grade 9 student when he was barely 13 years old. In 2008, Sayorn received a phone call that would change
his life forever. “It was a magical moment! My entire body was shaking. I could not believe what I heard on the phone. A voice of congratulations. That was the moment I received a five-year scholarship to attend the United World College in Singapore.” A dream come true for a child escaping the clutches of grinding poverty? Of course yes, but leaving was another upheaval, another loss. Sayorn explains, “It was not an easy transition at first. I struggled to cope with language and cultural barriers. I missed the orphanage, the place I called home since I was eight years old. I missed my brothers and sisters. I cried most of the days, but I stayed strong. I kept reminding myself that this was a once-in-
Friends from UWCs around the world, at a Davis UWC Scholars event, Colorado College, USA.
a-lifetime opportunity, and out of many underprivileged Cambodian kids who also fought for their own dreams, I was the chosen one. Eventually, I started to take advantage of what the value of my scholarship could offer. A path that enabled me to pursue my dreams and presented me with a chance to give back to my own community.” UWCSEA teachers affectionately referred to Sayorn as “a genuinely lovely person—and a maths genius.” He flourished during his years in Singapore and graduated in 2013. His dreams for a better life had grown and so had the opportunities open to him. He was offered a fully funded scholarship through the Davis UWC
Scholars Program to Colorado College in the USA, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics in 2017.
change that. I want them to think they can have a future. This is the main motivation why I decided to pursue a PhD in Economics at Colorado State University.”
When asked how the UWCSEA education has impacted him, Sayorn replied: “The UWC scholarship enabled me to learn how to open my eyes, my heart, and my mind. I learnt to listen to different perspectives. I learnt to accept different cultures, religions, and how to empower social change. These values made me the person I am today. Every time I visit Cambodia, I see kids on the street, I feel like I was them before. They have no idea what their life could be like. All they can think about is how to survive day-to-day. I want to
Sayorn is in his second year of his PhD immersed in research about political economy, public and health economics. He has come so far and been away so long yet his dream is to return to his roots, home to Cambodia. “My goal is to return to Cambodia and use my knowledge in economics to help improve the education sector and empower social change—and be an example of how a messy life can turn itself into a beautiful mess. But how you get there requires help. I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today without that phone call.”
UWC Refugee Initiative – finding hope in the darkness The UWC Refugee Initiative is a joint programme between the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UWC with the annual goal of offering 100 UWC scholarships to students of refugee or stateless status. Currently funds have been raised internationally to offer nearly 50 UWC Refugee Scholarships every year. We are determined to keep working to create more opportunities for some of the world’s most needy young people, living in the most dire of situations. The UWC educational programme supports the development of future leaders with strong abilities, social consciousness and a drive for reconciliation. • UWC has educated refugees from conflict hotspots like Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Colombia and Guatemala. • 5% of UWC students in the IB Diploma years come from a refugee, displaced or persecuted background. A generous UWCSEA family, MAC3, has created an endowment to support refugees to have access to a UWC education, through the UWC Refugee Initiative.
Introducing Nancy and Lydia, scholars that MAC3 are supporting through a two-year IBDP scholarship at a UWC College.
Nancy ’19, Refugee Scholar from South Sudan, UWC Dilijan Nancy is now in her second year at UWC Dilijan. “After I joined UWC I began to feel so different, my nature has changed, I began to think differently and care about everything. It is just miraculous how I found myself engaging with people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds—all of us embracing the same movement. This opportunity is not only fulfilling my dreams but also giving my family and community hope of future change.”
Lydia ’20, Refugee Scholar from South Sudan, UWC Mostar Lydia, another refugee from South Sudan, recently started a fresh chapter of her life in Bosnia and Herzegovina at UWC Mostar. The Headteacher enthused that “Lydia is a wonderful human-being and a super addition to the community. She is clever, hardworking and not frightened of a challenge.” We look forward to sharing updates of her experiences in years to come.
“Through their years at UWC our hope is that each of these refugee scholars will be given the chance to flourish and thrive, both academically and personally. We are firm believers that this experience will open their minds to new ideas and to the real possibility of a better, brighter future - for themselves and their communities.” MAC3, the impact arm of the UWC family supporting Nancy’s and Lydia’s scholarships
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Community fundraising to support refugee scholarships Funds raised from our UWCSEA community have supported four Refugee Scholarships to date. In some cases these refugees are privately funded by an extremely generous family, otherwise donations are pooled together from a number of sources—including gifts given through the general UWCSEA Fund (and the annual World Refugee Day fundraising appeal), Grade 12 Graduate Giving, and the Reunion Giving programme.
Grade 12 Graduate Giving Since 2008, on the eve of their departure out into the wide world, Grade 12 students have been united by a common purpose to give back by leaving a lasting legacy for the College. This student-led programme demonstrates the passion and culture of philanthropy that exists within the student community. Last year, the Grade 12 graduates voted to support the UWC Refugee Initiative—and nearly 60% of students made a gift.
Reunion Giving UWCSEA milestone anniversary reunions are exciting opportunities for alumni to reconnect with former classmates and staff, revisit Singapore, and learn how the school continues to evolve. Reunion celebrations are also a time when anniversary classes can show their appreciation for the education they received, and lend their support to UWCSEA today. “It was exciting to see the outpouring of generosity around the recent Milestone Anniversary Reunion weekend. We are indebted to the more than 50% of attending alumni who so generously participated in class gifts to support refugees and UWCSEA scholarships. By donating their time, expertise or financial support we see the Spirit of Giving is alive and well in our Alumni!” says Brenda Whately, Director of Alumni Relations.
Mahmoud ’19, Refugee Scholar from Palestine, UWC Mostar
Last year, our College community, through the UWCSEA Fund, came together to fully fund a two-year IB Refugee Scholarship. Palestinian refugee, Mahmoud, was overwhelmed to have been selected by the UWC National Committee for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. In mid 2017, he flew to Europe to begin his new life at UWC Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “UWC has expanded my knowledge and given me different perspectives on issues. It changed me to be more understanding, and encouraged me to look at each side of the story. I feel more comfortable here, since you have the chance to speak up whenever you want about anything—and your voice is being heard by everyone. This is crucial for a person who is coming from a conflict zone. I feel that I am the voice of all of those Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, who are still deprived of their basic human rights and have no one to hear their suffering.” Since then, Mahmoud passed a summer back in Lebanon and returned again to Mostar where he is excited to be focusing on the next chapter: “I have applied to the Global Citizen Year programme, since I might take a gap year before I start my new journey. Then I will most probably study Biomedical Sciences somewhere in Europe. I cannot give you back what you have given to me but I will try as much as possible. Thank you!”
tales of environmental stewardship
Creating a sustainable future A UWCSEA education ignites the passion in students to address peace and social justice issues whilst respecting the planetâ€™s ecological boundaries. Donations to the College enable opportunities for students to build the skills and understanding needed to shape a more sustainable future.
Plants and programmes proliferating thanks to one family’s passion for a greener world The Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Sustainability Fund Since 2009, Kirtida and Bharat Mekani have played a pivotal role in the growth of the UWCSEA Sustainable Development Programme. Their generous support has created dedicated rainforest restoration nurseries on both campuses, established a College-wide Biodiversity Conservation and Education Project, and enhanced the green learning environment of the campuses through the Adopt a Tree Programme. Kirtidia explains, “I firmly believe the mother of all learning is in the doing—that ideas are best taught through active involvement. We’re making things happen by expanding the centres of learning and allowing students to be hands-on in their sustainability education. Building capacity for students to participate in, and lead, a range of environmental projects allows them to get the proverbial dirt, and the very real grit, under their fingernails as they grow green initiatives—and build skills for life.”
Rainforest Restoration Nurseries Kirtida breathes in deeply and smiles as she enters the familiar space of the Rainforest Restoration Nursery. “This place is like a wellness retreat,” she says, while students tend to plants. “We can learn so much from the harmony of nature on how to keep the world, and ourselves, balanced.” Created and funded through the Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Sustainability Fund, these specialised nurseries are equipped with an efficient irrigation system that provides conditions suitable for rigorous academic research and higher survival rates of seedlings.
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Kirtida’s passion is infectious—soon a small group surrounds her; younger children sharing stories of their composting and potting activities, and older students answering her probing questions on their research into soil conditions for the seedlings of endangered species. She listens carefully, offering insight and advice that grows their interest. “It gives me joy to watch as their knowledge increases, curiosity is piqued and passions engaged—these students are committed to growing a better world and in the process they are also growing in themselves, gaining the life skills that will help them become the visionary leaders and sustainability champions of tomorrow.”
Middle and High School students working in the nurseries attend training programmes at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Plant Resource Centre. And last year Senior School students took their work into local educational support sessions for disadvantaged children, enhancing literacy through Biodiversity Education. They collaborated with the South Central Family Service Centre and their Grade 11 Reading Buddies (local service) creating a book on Southeast Asian tree species to engage local school children.
Adopt a Tree
Biodiversity Conservation and Education Project
Since then over 200 trees have been adopted and planted by members of the UWCSEA community. Adopt a Tree East remains a popular giving programme and has been expanded twice to additional planting areas. Since 2015, the majority of adopted trees have been grown from seedlings by students in the Rainforest Nurseries. Following the success at East, Adopt a Tree relaunched on Dover in 2017 where it is now flourishing.
Through further support from the Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Sustainability Fund, the College created an educational biodiversity trail across Dover Campus that includes a series of cards and two flora and fauna informational boards, designed by Art students. The trail now forms part of the environmental education experience for students K–12 with classes visiting regularly. “This trail brings to life the learning from textbooks and makes it so much more tangible and relevant in the real world,” explains Kirtida.
Biomimicry Education Project This new initiative was established by Kirtida Mekani in 2017 to increase interest and understanding of Biomimicry principles—an essential component of ecological literacy for developing sustainable solutions. It started with a pilot Biomimicry Design Challenge based at the IDEAS Hub, where teams of Middle and High School students built prototypes of solutions through design thinking. The funding gave UWCSEA students the opportunity to work outside the curriculum, source materials, and further develop the best projects with seed funding.
Kirtida was an early advocate of the Adopt a Tree programme when UWCSEA East opened its doors in 2011. She rallied the community with her passion to plant: “The goodness of trees cannot be underestimated, our very existence and sustenance is dependent on them. They will survive without us, but we, as human beings, need them for our survival. I encourage you all: plant a tree.”
A history of service Kirtida served on the UWCSEA Foundation Board of Trustees, and chaired the Fundraising Committee until 2017 when the Foundation Board was restructured to create the Foundation Leadership Council (FLC). Under the new structure, Kirtida continues to lead the growth of the Foundation in her role as Trustee and Chair of the FLC. Despite so many projects already in bloom, Kirtida’s focus remains resolutely on the future. “We must strive to make more efficient and sustainable use of nature’s resources, and replenish the earth so that we are able to leave it better than when we began our journey here.” Kirtida’s passion is inspiring UWCSEA students to take responsibility for the environment and to create a greener future for all.
“The Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Sustainability Fund has been a catalyst in helping us develop innovative programmes in biodiversity conservation and education, where students can gain the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to contribute to the stewardship of our natural heritage.” NATHAN HUNT, Director of Sustainability
Solar for UWCSEA – lighting up a brighter future This ambitious project is a student-led initiative inspired by Raghav Shukla ’15 who became excited about the potential of solar energy following his Grade 5 Exhibition project. In 2012 he discussed his ideas with the Facilities Department, and in May 2013 he presented a plan to the Facilities Committee, which received approval shortly afterwards.
What began as one student’s personal passion has caught the imagination of the whole UWCSEA community and become a Collegewide mission to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
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The hugely successful Solar for Dover initiative has installed over 626 solar panels across two buildings since it began in 2014—reducing CO2 emissions by 70 tonnes per year. There are another 1016 solar panels required to complete the next phase—which we hope to achieve by 2021. Lucie, Grade 12, Chair, Solar for Dover “Solar for Dover not only provides a unique opportunity for students throughout the UWC community to have a positive impact on the environment, but also teaches members valuable skills in organisation, fundraising and publicity. I encourage donors to continue to buy panels and get involved in future installations in order to make renewable energy a tangible opportunity for future generations.” Inspired by the success of Solar for Dover, East students have launched their own ambitious plan to further reduce CO2 emissions from the East Campus. Hemal, Grade 10, Chair, Solar for East “As a UWCSEA student, I passionately endorse the school’s mission with its significant focus on renewable energy as a way for us to foster a more sustainable planet. Given the success of the Solar for Dover project in reducing the College’s carbon footprint, it is imperative for us to expand it to the East Campus to light even more classrooms—and spark more imaginations!”
The East Campus programme, launched in March 2017, sees students from across the Middle and High School leading the charge for renewable energy. Working closely with Simon Thomas, Director of Facilities, they created a proposal to install over 1,130 panels on East Campus, which, once in place, will significantly reduce the College’s carbon dioxide emissions. The Facilities Department has recently installed the front loading infrastructure for the solar PV system, ready for the installation of the first solar panels planned for early 2019.
“Despite the fact that our buildings are quite environmentally friendly, we still consume nearly 6,000 MWh of unsustainably generated electricity per year. Solar panels will help alleviate our harmful impact on the environment and potentially save over 170,000 kilograms of CO2 from being emitted,” says Simon Thomas.
Aside from the significant environmental benefits, the Dover and East solar programmes provide a wealth of learning opportunities, enhancing students’ environmental activism and awareness, developing knowledge and technical skills, and encouraging collaboration and leadership opportunities. Activities run each week, and student members lead the marketing, communication, and fundraising elements of the programme. The Solar programmes are fundraising partnerships with the UWCSEA Foundation. Portions of panels can be adopted, starting from as little as $100, and panels are installed in batches of 100. Students and donors are invited to clamber up on the roofs to help in the installation process.
“We support the UWCSEA Foundation because we would like to ensure the widest set of experiences and resources are available to provide greater learnings beyond the basic curriculum. Extra initiatives such as Solar for Dover are exciting as they provide tangible projects that show students how theoretical talk can be an attainable reality.” “Last year, the Grade 6 parents enthusiastically responded to the idea of making a class gift of solar panels. What started with the possibility of raising funds for one solar panel quickly became a bigger phenomenon - with a gift of FIVE panels. This outstanding effort is a testament to the strong parent community at UWCSEA who believe in the values of the school and the work of the Foundation.”
A bright idea for a better future Help UWCSEA create a more sustainable future by powering our campuses with clean solar energy. Light up memories of special birthdays and anniversaries, class gifts or graduations with the gift of a solar panel. To find out more visit our website, make a donation, or contact Monica Stanciu, monica@ uwcseafoundation.edu.sg
Adopt a Tree – foresting our campuses UWCSEA is committed to making environmental stewardship a major part of every child’s education. The Adopt a Tree programme provides a unique opportunity for our community to get involved and contribute to the preservation and protection of scarce indigenous trees from around the region. Imagine turning our campuses into forests! Through the Adopt a Tree programme, the College community has adopted over 300 indigenous trees since 2011—so students can contemplate a greener future in the shade of the spreading branches of endangered Oudhs and Jamuns, Merantis and Maluts. The generosity of the donors who have supported this initiative is making a real impact on the future of many critically endangered species—whilst also leaving a lasting legacy for the College. There are still many trees available for planting, through the Adopt a Tree initiative. Families choose from a list of available seedlings that have been lovingly raised by our student gardeners and greenfingered experts. Some wish to plant one of nature’s miracle trees, the Moringa, or a fruit tree like a Durian, Rambutan or Kalumpang, for others the choice is a rainforest or swamp tree—there is strength in this diversity as together they weave strong roots for our sustainability movement and create a flourishing and fragrant campus for all.
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“I recently did a Sustainability Tour and was inspired by all the initiatives. I immediately signed up to be a Parent Ambassador myself! It’s a wonderful opportunity to play an active role in promoting the UWC mission. The Adopt a Tree programme is a lasting way that our family could help work towards a more sustainable future. My kids love to visit ‘our tree’—a living, growing symbol of our commitment to UWCSEA and a greener tomorrow.” Alison Ozawa Sanders
“The more trees on campus the better! My daughter was inspired to adopt a tree for her 10th birthday and asked for donations instead of gifts. As a family we adopted a second tree together. The location, in the Green Heart of the Dover Campus, was important so that the kids could pass by and see the trees everyday—it will inspire them to focus on their own personal contribution to sustainability as global citizens.” Stephanie Monteith
Rainforest Restoration Project Think global. Plant local.
Planting trees at Lorung Halus Wetland for Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Planting in the community
Research and education
As well as planting on our own campuses, with endangered tree species raised in our nurseries, we have planted trees in public parks, nature reserves and private gardens around Singapore—making an important contribution to Singapore’s ambition to transform itself from ‘a Garden City to a City in a Garden’.
Our projects involve both studying and learning the science and skills of reforestation practices, as well as spreading this knowledge to others in our community here in Singapore. Working closely with the Plant Resource Centre at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and in partnership with Yale-NUS, we undertake joint research projects and students train for our UWCSEA Certificate in Tropical Forest Restoration Practice.
We have a dedicated tree nursery at each campus hosting over a thousand seedlings. Almost all of these are endangered and rainforest species indigenous to our region. We also raise other species of botanical or cultural interest, these trees enhance the biodiversity on our campuses and attract a glorious cacophony of native birds and insects.
What comes around goes around in the Circular Economy Supported by our community through the UWCSEA Fund, this collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to deepen the systems-thinking skills and knowledge of students as they transition to a Circular Economy.
What is a Circular Economy? The new paradigm of an industrial economy that challenges the existing linear â€˜Take, Make and Disposeâ€™ model, and is instead restorative by design, maximising resource efficiency and minimising waste.
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The collaboration has already inspired students to develop projects that promote sustainability, like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Disruptive Innovation Festival (end 2016), and saw Dover’s IDEAS Hub hosting the inaugural Singapore Circular Economy (CE) Mapping Session in February 2018. This event, where Singapore joined a global network of Circular Economy Mapping Pioneers, attracted participants from corporates, NGOs, government institutions, start-ups and the educational sector. It was conceived to accelerate what many believe to be the inevitable global transition from a linear to a circular economic model. UWCSEA Director of Sustainability Nathan Hunt frames the Circular Economy as:
“a key component in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and thus the UWCSEA mission. Transitioning from a degenerative to regenerative economy that learns from nature’s natural cycling of resources is not just environmentally imperative, but economically very attractive, with a whole range of exciting possibilities for entrepreneurs.” In addition, UWCSEA recently hosted Forum for the Future’s ‘Reimagining jobs in the Circular Economy’ at the IDEAS Hub, exploring the expanding opportunities that this transition will provide for students in their future professional lives. The ongoing support of the UWCSEA Annual Fund is contributing to curriculum development of Circular Economy concepts at IB level— benefiting students as courses become more relevant to evolving real world issues.
The Cup-for-Life Initiative A step and a sip on our journey toward zero-waste Fancy a cuppa on campus? Remember to bring your own (BYO) mug! Within the first few months of launching Cup-for-Life, at the start of the 2018/2019 school year, over 50,000 disposable paper and bio-plastic cups were saved from the rubbish bins of our campuses. During the year before, student groups had teamed up with the Operations Department and caterers, Sodexo, to explore solutions to better deal with the 1,200 disposable cups used per day across the two campuses. As part of our Zero Waste plan, and inspired by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s focus on the Circular Economy, the team decided to design waste out of the system, rather than try to manage it as an output (through composting, incineration or other means). To much green fanfare and excitement the team launched the plan through an awareness campaign at the beginning of term. Customers quickly settled in to the new routine of using their own BYO mugs, or they purchased a re-usable Cup-for-Life (made with a mix of plant-based and recycled plastics). The Cup-for-Life mugs can be exchanged anytime for a clean one or for a 50% refund. To sweeten the impact of the change, all drink prices were dropped to encourage everyone to BYO cup. With over 1,000 Cup-for Life mugs sold in this first eight weeks, and with many more customers now adopting a BYO habit, it seems that the sustainability experiment is working. Whilst the goal of Zero Waste may still be a long way off, it just got a step closer.
The pulsing life force of the Dover Green Heart What is the Dover Green Heart project? Vision: Build a green space where students can care for, engage with, and learn from, nature—inspiring them to become environmentally aware leaders who will transform our world and build a more sustainable future for all. How: Develop a ‘living lab’ at the centre of Dover Campus (flowing over the top of the Music Department, to the Bus Bay and the Tent Plaza), enhancing our understanding of the relationship between humans and our environment, building an appreciation of our region’s immense biodiversity, and encouraging wonder, imagination and play.
Initiatives for all • Dedicated Ecology Centre, including the Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Rainforest Nursery
• Grade 4: exploring local biodiversity
• Campus Gardening Service: space for hands-on propagation of plants
• Grade 6 Art: nature drawing and art/science gallery
• K2 Waste Unit: analysis of decomposition rates
• Grade 7 Humanities: nature and urban resilience
• Grade 2 Farm-to-Table unit and Vegetable Garden Service
• Grade 11: testing ecological data collection and experimentation
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• Grade 5 Expo: research including renewable energy and urban gardening
Volunteering comes in all guises, with wildly varying levels of commitment and time frames. Little did landscape architect Robin McAdoo know that getting involved in the embryonic Dover Green Heart project back in 2014 would be the start of such a long, and exciting journey—one that would capture her heart and tie her into a project that will only begin to bloom in mid-2019.
ROBIN MCADOO Landscape Architect and Foundation Volunteer
“From the very start, the investment by dedicated and conscientious educators was contagious and sparked in me the desire to help transform an existing void into a place to attract, comfort and engage all who encountered it.” Despite logistical hurdles and funding challenges, the Dover Sustainability team, led by Nathan Hunt, found a committed partner in Robin McAdoo in helping develop one of the College’s flagship green goals.
Nathan’s brief was clear inspiration for Robin; he explained the project: “The vision was exciting and expansive—we wanted the area to encompass functional spaces for our work propagating indigenous plants, incorporating a beautiful natural balcony for gatherings, and shaded outdoor classrooms—and critically, to be a natural playground where students could explore, wonder and engage with nature, our greatest teacher.” Robin’s creative concept for the space grew and evolved. Nature is the perfect metaphor for this project: once the seed of the idea had been planted, the involvement and enthusiasm of students, teachers, Parent Ambassadors and others in the UWCSEA community acted as fertiliser for the development of the concept. Carefully propagating and pruning the explosive growth of ideas identified the core features. The project was watered with validation from external experts in Green Design, Biomimicry and Ecological Restoration, and now, interest from potential donors is creating the sunlight the project needs to really start to flourish. Work will start in December 2018 and we’ll have flowers blooming, bees humming and birds nesting within six months. For someone who prefers to work discreetly behind the scenes, Robin’s expressive hands and sparkling eyes betray her passion for the project: “In an increasingly urban and technologically-focussed world, nature can have such a wonderful impact on children’s wellbeing and ensures a better future for all.”
Bringing to life the Green Heart project Generous funding has kick-started this project but we have a long way to go. Join us. Contact Dave Shepherd, dave.shepherd@ uwcseafoundation. edu.sg or pop in to the UWCSEA Foundation, next to Admissions in the High School Block on Dover Campus for a tour of the Green Heart site.
The Dover Green Heart brings UWC’s sustainability mission to life—the collective heartbeat of the College will become a pulsing life force for a greener future.
“The solar projects have lit a fire under our students, their passion and commitment is driving this programme forward year on year. It is exciting to watch them evolving, as both individuals and a team, growing into their self-appointed roles as young environmental leaders championing a more sustainable future for all.” SIMON THOMAS Director of Operations and Facilities
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“Composting is like a first aid kit for the earth.” HUMZA Grade 3
“Solar for Dover has completely changed the way I look at the school - I’ve learnt how the nitty gritty parts of finance and facilities work, and experienced the hectic job of organising fundraisers, thanks to my position as Vice Chair. It’s crazy to glance round a classroom and think it could be powered by our panels, and that all this was done by students.” IMOGEN Grade 12, Vice Chair, Solar for Dover
“I am so proud to be part of an initiative where UWCSEA students decided to power up our Dover Campus on solar. As an entrepreneur, there are three things that I emphasize in business, which makes it more meaningful for me to understand why I do what I do, the 3Ps: People, Planet and Profitability. I am so pleased to see UWC students taking action to build a sustainable planet for all of humanity.” KUSHAN KODITUWAKKU ’91
“I love growing plants. It makes me happy to watch the seeds sprout and grow - it takes lots of water, sunshine and love.” SOPHIE Grade 3
“I loved climbing up on the roof and slotting the panels together like a giant jigsaw. It’s exciting to plug in my piece and see how the whole picture can come together. If everybody used solar it would make the planet better and brighter.”
“It is thrilling to see the impact a group of students can make first-hand, and feel the support from the community in achieving our goal of sustainable development.” BROOKE Grade 10, Solar for East
ARISTIDE Grade 4
TEACHING AND LEARNING stories of immersive learning
Exceptional learning experiences UWCSEA delivers a holistic, values-based education that develops young people as individuals and as members of a global society. Combined gifts are helping us build programmes and activities to inspire our community to explore, innovate and collaborate to create solutions to shape a better world.
Innovation and experimentation at the IDEAS Hub There is a perpetual buzz of energy, ideas and excitement emanating from the IDEAS Hub on Dover Campus. It is a place that inspires and supports our UWCSEA community to explore, innovate, collaborate and create sustainable solutions to shape a better world. Innovation and social entrepreneurism have been characteristics of the UWC movement and UWCSEA from the earliest days. From the development of the Rigid Hull Inflatable lifeboat at UWC Atlantic College in 1966, a design which was later adopted by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the development of the farreaching Global Concerns programme at UWCSEA, and the latest Solar for UWCSEA initiative, staff and students are challenged and encouraged to develop groundbreaking ideas to help make the world a better place. The IDEAS Hub was born of
this same spirit—to provide opportunities and assistance to the community as they develop their skills, understanding and passion to become effective changemakers. Opened in August 2016 and funded for three years through the generosity of a small number of generous founding benefactors, the IDEAS Hub is accessible during and after school hours, as well as on weekends. The vibrant space includes areas for collaboration, prototyping and fabricating, coding and robotics, as well as two media studios and 3D printers. It is a unique multi-generational space where students, teachers, parent volunteers, alumni and external experts come together to inspire and support creators from the College and the wider Singapore community, including commercial and non-governmental organisations.
“It’s exciting to see students as they start with an inkling of an idea and try to bring it to life. Once they’ve had that feeling of creating something with their hands, they come back for more and immediately start pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.” COLIN PETER, Technical Manager, IDEAS Hub
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What will our world look like in 2030? 2030 is the year our current Grade 1 students will be graduating from UWCSEA and heading on to tertiary studies or entering the workforce: who on earth can imagine what life will be like for them? The only thing we can say for certain is that it will be a very different world from the one in which we live in today. Technology will continue to challenge the status quo: transforming access to information, human interaction, business and commerce. The changing geopolitical balance, diminishing natural resources, population issues, and socio-economic inequality will all undoubtedly present new global challenges and opportunities. The unique UWCSEA experience equips students with the skills, qualities, ambitions, and compassion to embrace challenges and to take responsibility for shaping a better future. In preparing our students to thrive in an ever-changing environment, success will depend on personal skills such as collaboration, problem solving, resilience, creativity and innovation. In addition, we will need people who are willing to combine these characteristics with new ideas and build sustainable social enterprises, in short—the world will need entrepreneurs. The IDEAS Hub is one of our responses to this evolving dynamic—a centre of innovation, design, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise focussed on creating a brighter future.
What goes around comes around - alumni giving back I would have loved the IDEAS Hub as a child! It would have given me the ability to put my creativity and ideas to work from an early age. It’s an ideal place to experiment and explore, shape and refine, challenge and evaluate one’s ideas to determine whether they could work commercially. I was thrilled to support the development of the IDEAS Hub—to help foster creativity and innovation in students from a very young age. The centre empowers them with knowledge, tools and techniques. Students build their individual and collective sense of entrepreneurial spirit, as they develop and experiment with ideas to see how they could positively influence society and impact the way things are being done in the world today—and tomorrow. MAYANK SINGHAL ’92, 1971 Society
Highlights from the year
on a myriad of topics from 3D print and design to virtual reality, from woodworking to craft ‘make and do’.
The UWCSEA LEGOx Challenge
‘Bricks to Big Ideas’ was an exciting competition for UWCSEA students to come up with a groundbreaking idea that LEGO could use in their stores. Six teams took part, including Grade 6 to 11 students. The winning Grade 6 team created an app allowing users to create LEGO sets from mobile devices.
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Parent and alumni-led expert courses
Mind-opening specialist sessions, included: Fun Introduction to Computer Science, Coding for Kids classes for Junior Schoolers, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) underwater robots, Artificial Intelligence, and Tech and Design for Social Good.
Our signature hackathon for Junior Schoolers from UWCSEA and local schools.
This is a popular area that welcomes over 50 students everyday to work on individual and class projects.
Two UWCSEA Dover student teams emerged as winners of the #codeathon, receiving prizes in 2018. Held across seven countries and nine cities, this flagship regional hackathon with the theme of ‘Technopreneurship for Gender Equality,’ was supported by the U.S. State Department and US ASEAN Business Council. It successfully brought together beginner and experienced coders, designers and business people to develop app prototypes. Hequals, a Grade 10 team emerged as the Global Winner for the pre-university category for their Artificial Intelligence (AI) idea that could ‘intelligently allocate tasks in a project or work environment by analysing team members skills— without bias’. And VRQNK Coders, a Grade 7 team, won the Most Socially Impactful prize in the pre-university category for their Road to Equality game, which builds empathy and models ways to break down gender inequality.
Nurturing the next generation of marine engineers and citizen scientists An ‘Eco-design & Technology for Marine Conservation’ course was run in October 2017 as part of the IDEAS Hub Masterclass Series. The programme was made possible with the kind support of the Van Oord international marine contracting company, and will run for the next five years. Building on student interest in exploring marine conservation, technology and ecology issues, the course investigates ways to reduce negative impacts on marine ecosystems whilst also discussing innovative development projects that have positive ecological and social impacts. Students have the opportunity to get hands on—and wet— learning about sustainability inside and outside the classroom.
Students spent three days exploring how new technology and the use of eco-design in marine engineering can contribute to conservation efforts. After building their own ‘Water Monitoring Kits’—Arduino-based Water Quality sensors, the students visited the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory where they rolled up their sleeves to test their kits around different parts of the island. Marine engineers from Van Oord also led sessions on sustainability and the use of eco-design in marine engineering projects. Students had opportunities to engage with real-life case studies, role-play different stakeholders, and model their own designs on our new Emriver stream table.
“We learnt a lot about Design Thinking - that making something isn’t just a two-step process of planning and creating a system. Nothing ever goes exactly to plan, it’s actually an iterative and experimental process.”
Keeping the light bulb moments sparking The IDEAS Hub was made possible through the generosity of a group of founding benefactors. They provided the funds to create an exciting physical space with outstanding equipment, and to engage a small team of inspirational entrepreneurial educators to lead student activities and create partnerships with like-minded organisations. The initial funding will support the IDEAS Hub for the first three years. To help keep the dream of the IDEAS Hub burning bright, we will be establishing an endowment fund to provide sustainable support for the future. If you want to find out more or arrange a tour, please contact Dave Shepherd, email@example.com or pop in to the UWCSEA Foundation.
SARVASV, Grade 11
Update from the UWC Harvard impact study Can we demonstrate that we are achieving our UWC mission to make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future? This is the question that was posed by the UWCSEA Board of Governors in 2015. Do we really unite peoples, nations and cultures through the force of education, and will they strive to make the future more peaceful and sustainable? Are we doing this more, or better, than other schools with very different mission statements? In short, what is the impact of the UWC mission on our students and on society? Such an important questions needed some significant thinkers to engage with it. Thanks to the generosity of an alumni donor, we were able to fund an exploratory study with researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over an 18-month period, they worked with students, staff and alumni from UWCSEA, UWC RCN, UWC USA and WK UWCSA, exploring the impact of a UWC education.
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The underlying assumption was that the principle way we achieve our mission is by developing young people with the ethical dispositions that will ensure they make a positive difference in the world, whatever path they choose after graduation. Initial findings indicated that our assumption was correct. Students believe UWCSEA has helped them to develop ethical values, and saw the understanding of context they developed while at UWCSEA as having a significant impact on their ethical decision-making. Intercultural/global awareness of students at UWCSEA is very high, and crucial notions of ‘tolerance’ and ‘respect for all’ are pervasive. This supports the evidence that our students and alumni are extremely aware of alternative perspectives to their own—surely an important part of the ‘peace and sustainable’ future that we are aspiring to. One of the alumni put it best: “I think that just going to school and constantly interacting with people of different races, classes and identities, I learned more about social justice, equality and tolerance than many of
the workshops and lectures I’ve had in college. [It] really opened up my eyes to the diversity of the human (not to mention UWCSEA) experience.” Initial results were encouraging, but we knew a true study would require a longitudinal approach. The complexity of the relationship between a student’s experience at school and their behaviour in the real world was not to be underestimated, so, again thanks to the generosity of a select group of donors from our community, we were able to enter into a more long-term partnership with the Good Project at Harvard, this time working with all the schools and colleges across the UWC movement. UWC and the Good Project have a common interest in the development of civic and ethical potentials and behaviours of young people for the good of wider society, and we knew that any findings of the research would be of interest to the global educational world.
The study has many components: a longitudinal study of an individual cohort of Grade 11 students; a sectional study of alumni at various stages of their postgraduation life; surveys with other international schools, and students who applied but were not given places at UWC, to serve as types of control groups; surveys with ‘recipients’ of the UWC student service work; analysis of UWC short courses; and so on. It is a mighty piece of work and whatever the findings, they will be significant. Through this study, we hope to finally understand what the impact of a UWC education is and what UWC and all educational institutions can do to ensure that young people are educated not just for knowledge and understanding, but for skills and qualities that will bring us a more peaceful and sustainable future. And if that all sounds impossible, remember Nelson Mandela’s words: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“The findings of the Harvard UWC Impact study are highly anticipated and increasingly relevant in a world where many claim that values and ethical behaviours are under threat. The study explores what so many in the UWC community believe: that a UWC education helps shape the values and behaviours of students - and that these ethical dispositions guide them throughout their lives. This rigorous independent research will help to us to understand the impact of a UWC education and give us insight into how we can improve our programme so that we can better fulfill our mission - hence our commitment to this exciting project.” SINÉAD COLLINS, Director of Communications and College Affairs 59
The generosity of the Safavi family Reza and Imelda ’90, and their children, Madeline ’20, Olivia, Grade 10, and Beatrice, Grade 7 This is a family liberally bathed in UWC values—with mother, Imelda, and eldest daughter, Madeline, being UWCSEA alumnae (Imelda from the Class of ’90 and Madeline as a UWCSEA alumna, currently at boarding school in Switzerland) and their two younger daughters still in the College. Contributing to meaningful philanthropic initiatives is part of the Safavi family ethos, and they have generously extended their support to a number of UWCSEA activities through the Foundation. The UWC Harvard Impact Study is one the College’s prominent projects supported by the family. Madeline, who approved family funding for the project, says:
“This study is all about ‘proof of effectiveness’, the community obviously believes the impact of a UWC education, built on the values of Kurt Hahn, can be the driver of an alumnus’ lifetime commitment and determination to shape a better world - but what is needed is analysis. This study will help identify the key ingredients.”
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The Safavis have certainly got an impressive range of viewpoints from which to judge the impact of a UWC education—as students, graduates, alumnae, parents and active members of the UWCSEA community—but they are keen that there is hard data to support their impressions and intuitions. “The Harvard Study will enable concrete conclusions to be made,” says Reza Safavi.
“It allows opinions to be tested as facts. This is an important step for the UWC movement, to truly assess its effectiveness, over the long term and in the context of the external world.” Another initiative supported by the Safavi family is the IDEAS Hub. “It’s like a library for the next generation,” says Reza. “Instead of just learning from textbooks in a one-way flow of information, the IDEAS Hub is an innovation centre where students’ ideas and collaborations can make breakthroughs at even the youngest of ages. It has the power to be the intellectual creative space that wakes up the imagination and dreams of young students. It can be the place where children and young adults can make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes, in order to climb mountains.” The Safavi’s have also been instrumental in launching the Student Speaker series, which aims to have students engage face-to-face with successful individuals, under the age of 25. Events are planned and led entirely by a team of Grade 10 and 11 students. Ryan Hreljac, from Ryan’s Well Foundation (building wells for clean water in Uganda) was the first speaker, and Kaiesh Vohra ’01, an Artificial Intelligence expert, was the second.
Leading the way Our donor community has already contributed significantly towards the realisation of our strategic vision. The launch of the new UWCSEA Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023 will equip students with the skills and qualities to became compassionate, engaged global citizens, who seek to make positive difference towards peace and a sustainable future. We welcome current and new supporters to play a role as we bring to life the four key areas of the plan: • Education as a Force • Peace and Sustainable Future • A United Community • Our Strength and Capacity To learn more, please contact Dave Shepherd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The support of the Safavi Family is creating very real impact on the ground through these exciting range of initiatives.
ARRICAH, Grade 3
“Chinese calligraphy is like drawing a picture with each brush stroke it’s storytelling with images for words. The classes are so much fun and help with my Chinese.”
In appreciation of Chinese Culture and History A Chinese Culture and History Programme was established in 2017 through the generosity of a UWCSEA family, keen to support increased awareness and understanding of the rich and vibrant Chinese culture. Now into its second year this initiative has quickly established itself through a number of popular Activities, during lunchtimes and after school, where students broaden their intercultural perspectives through learning about Chinese history and culture. Teachers bring to life an exciting selection of literature and art, enhancing student perceptions through detailed discussions and hands-on cultural and aesthetic activities. • Chinese legends and historical stories for fluent Chinese speakers, for Grades 2–5 • Chinese painting, for Grades 2–6 • Chinese Culture and History Club, for Grades 5–12 • Three activities including five sessions per week
“作为中国人我不能不知道自 己的国家曾经发生了什么。” Cathy 说。
“As a Chinese person, I can’t be ignorant of what had happened in my own country,” said Cathy. Her mother is very happy that Cathy joined the Chinese culture learning group, which will help Cathy better understand who she is and where she comes from.
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• 100 students taking part in activities, from Grades 2–12
“The IDEAS Hub has had a tangible impact on the entrepreneurship of UWCSEA students, both inside and outside the school. We have seen IDEAS Hub regulars win several external competitions, often against much older students. We have also seen constructive engagement with several Singapore NGOs and charities, leading to mutual benefits for both parties.”
“I love the IDEAS Hub where I get to build new skills, like woodworking, green screen and 3D printing, and participate in fun competitions like the LEGO Challenge - we were so excited when they announced our team had won!”
“In our strategising, we often follow the maxim: Think Big; Start Small; Go for an Early Win. Our relationship with the UWCSEA Foundation permits us to think big and its impact has been transformational for the Primary School.”
“The session with Mr Chin in the ‘Workshops with the Composer’ series was very interactive and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed his positive method of teaching and how he brought all the string instruments together, to a new level. It was really fun and inspiring and I hope we can have more sessions like this.”
BEN MORGAN Director of IT
RAYNER Grade 7
BRIAN Ó MAOILEOIN Junior School Principal, Dover
KARTINI Grade 10
the story of a long journey
Supporting the long-term future ofÂ UWCSEA Endowment funds provide the College freedom to seize opportunities as they emerge, strengthening the legacy of the College and supporting its continued growth andÂ development. Gifts from our community can be pooled together in endowment funds delivering long-term impact by growing our scholar community, elevating our teaching and learning programmes, and enhancing future sustainability initiatives.
Message from Andy Budden Endowment giving provides a lasting financial contribution to the College. Funds are pooled together to earn a higher rate of return and are invested to provide long term stability for the College. Over 2017/2018, the UWCSEA Endowment Fund has benefited from steady investment returns and donation inflows. With nearly S$200,000 in new gifts and pledges and an investment return of 3.1%, the Fund’s value increased to S$9.7 million at 31 July 2018. In addition, this year saw one of the most successful endowed scholarship community fundraising initiatives to date, with Charles Ormiston’s bike ride across America bringing the whole UWCSEA community together and raising over S$130,000 from more than 150 donors. Three years ago, we conducted a review of our investment strategy with Willis Towers Watson and put in place a long-term investment strategy, which comprises an asset allocation of 70% high-quality Singapore-Dollar denominated bonds and 30% global equities. This strategy aims to capture the right balance of long-term opportunity, while focusing strongly on the need to
preserve the value of donations. In the three-year period since we implemented this strategy, the Endowment fund has achieved an average return of 5.4% p.a. with solid investment returns, especially from our equity portfolio. With the investment environment predicted to remain challenging for the foreseeable future, we believe that our current strategy remains appropriate, focusing on high-quality, fixed-income securities combined with the long-term return potential offered by our limited allocation to equities. I look forward to keeping you updated on the growth of the Endowment Programme and thank you, once again, for your kind and generous support of UWCSEA. Andy Budden Chair, Foundation Investment and Disbursement Committee (FIDC), UWCSEA Independent Foundation Director
About the FIDC The Committee assists the Board by providing strategic direction and oversight of the Foundation’s investments, disbursements and investments and advises the Board and College management on matters within its remit. The committee is formed of the following members: Andy Budden, Chair Kim Teo ’76 Derek Lau (resigned 1 October 2018)
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Non voting members Chris Edwards, Head of College Dave Shepherd, Director of Advancement
Growing the UWCSEA legacy
S$9.7million S$192,258 Endowment Fund value at 31 July 2018
New gifts received in 2017/2018
Endowment fund value in Singapore dollars $9.7m
2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Endowed funds support a broad range of programmes and initiatives in perpetuity for the College. • UWCSEA College • Lizanne and Robert A. Milton Endowed Scholarship
Named Endowed Funds
5.4% p.a. Investment return
(three year average return rate)
• Shripriya Ramanan Artist-inResidence Programme • Parents’ Association Dover • Parents’ Association East • Iain Ewing Memorial • The Scholarship Fund • Davis UWCSEA Community Endowed Scholarship
“I passionately believe in the power of endowment giving. It allows the College to develop exciting new programmes and initiatives that capitalise on cutting edge educational opportunities ensuring the next generation can navigate in this rapidly changing world.” ASEMA AHMED, Foundation Leadership Council Trustee
• Annual Fund Endowment • MAC3 Refugee Scholarship • Ricardo and Petra Portabella Endowment for Excellence in Teaching and Learning • Fredrik Fosse ’03 Endowment Fund • Ormiston Family Endowed Scholarship
Changing lives and creating future leaders The Lizanne ’83 and Robert A. Milton ’78 Endowed Scholarship
“My fundamental belief is if people would just focus on being kind we’d all be a lot better off.” ROBERT MILTON ’78 UWCSEA alumni Lizanne ’83 and Robert Milton ’78 are changing the lives of young people and helping to create future leaders through their incredible generosity and passion for providing transformational educational opportunities to deserving students. In 2010 the Miltons put in place an endowed scholarship at UWCSEA, in addition they also set up an endowed scholarship at Robert’s alma mater Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in the USA to enable UWCSEA scholars the opportunity to continue their education at university after graduation College. There have been four students to date who have been awarded the Lizanne ’83 and Robert A. Milton ’78 Endowed Scholarship to attend UWCSEA, and in addition two UWCSEA graduates have been awarded the Miltons’ Georgia Tech scholarship. Here are their stories:
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Ngoc Yen Chi ’13, Scholar from Vietnam
Chi was the first recipient of the Miltons’ scholarship to attend UWCSEA, and upon graduation in 2013, she was awarded the Miltons’ scholarship to attend Georgia Tech. In May 2017, Chi graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Applied Mathematics with high honours. In September 2017, she began a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When asked what her time at UWCSEA meant to her, Chi says, “Looking back on my time there, I think I was very well prepared for college. I was very quick to adjust to changes in my surroundings thanks to my time living among friends from all over the world, and the IBDP prepared me well for the workload and need for time management. I still remember my time at UWCSEA with a lot of fondness and I am grateful for the scholarships that the Miltons provided me for my education at both UWCSEA and Georgia Tech. The investment they made in my education was the foundation for all the achievements that I have made, and gave me access to opportunities that I would not have gotten otherwise.”
“Few experiences in life are as fulfilling as enabling a child who is really capable, who would not otherwise get the chance at a world class education, to benefit from one.” ROBERT MILTON ’78
Anh Vu ’15, Scholar from Vietnam
The second student awarded the Miltons’ scholarship to UWCSEA was Anh Vu from Vietnam. After graduating from the College she received a Davis scholarship to attend Wellesley College in the USA where she is currently a senior pursuing a double major in Economics and Mathematics. “I have been pursuing my passion for economics (research projects at Wellesley) and coding (projects at MIT). I spent this past summer interning at a global strategy consulting firm, providing research on the economic and political situations of Southeast Asian countries, like Vietnam and Myanmar. Looking ahead, I’m looking for a full-time opportunity in economic consulting.” On her UWCSEA experience, Anh said, “The most powerful takeaway from UWCSEA for me, is that our race, our skin colour and our nationality don’t speak wholly for who we are.” She says of the Miltons and their scholarship, “UWCSEA has enabled many things I have today, including my constant intellectual growth and progress, and for that no words can express my gratitude to Robert and Lizanne for making my two years there possible.”
Sivhuo ’17, Scholar from Cambodia
The third student to receive the Miltons’ scholarship to attend UWCSEA was Sivhuo from Cambodia, who later received a Davis scholarship to Macalester College in Minnesota, USA, to pursue studies leading to a medical degree. “I decided to major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry emphasis because I hope that in the future I can use this scientific knowledge to benefit the world.” Looking back at her time at UWCSEA she said, “The education system in this school has taught me to be a student who loves challenging myself, seeks out opportunities and is always well prepared for them. Moreover, we are taught to put our values into action through service and that is something that is meaningful to me and will always stay with me.” Sivhuo continues to carve out time for her service activities in Minnesota: “I am a member of the Asian Pacific Awareness Board helping spread culture on campus. I also meet weekly with older adults to share stories and perspective on life, and volunteer in a programme geared towards first generation, low income and students of colour— to let them know college is possible.”
Davit ’17 from Armenia, although not on a Milton scholarship at UWCSEA, he became the second UWCSEA student to enter Georgia Tech on a scholarship supported by the Miltons, to study Computer Science. Armed not just with academic excellence but the commitment to UWC values that will help shape his future, Davit says, “I hope one day I will be able to give such an opportunity to another child, because kindness should be endless on the Earth.” In August 2017, Aquib ’19 from Guyana, South America, joined UWCSEA on the Miltons’ scholarship. He says, “When I heard that I had been offered a scholarship to UWCSEA, it was probably one of the most ecstatic days of my life so far … this is the path to my future.”
Charles Ormiston’s pedal power A journey across America—cycling for scholarships
In July 2018 Charles Ormiston, former Chair of UWCSEA, cycled an incredible 3,840 miles (6,180 km) across the USA—from the Pacific to the Atlantic. It was an emotional, mental and physical challenge that pushed him to the absolute limit over nearly two months, but his determination and dedication to his cause held him on course. Charles would stop at nothing to create the Ormiston Family Endowed Scholarship; raising awareness of the UWCSEA Scholarship Programme and funds for a new endowed scholarship. When asked why he took on this challenge, he talks of the transformational potential of a UWC education motivating him to create new scholarship opportunities to help dramatically change the lives of promising young scholars, often from the most challenging of backgrounds. Charles was an important part of the team that established UWCSEA’s East Campus in 2008—an initiative which allowed the number of students receiving scholarship funding at the College to rise to over 100. Charles’ ambition is to double that number, in part through this coast-to-coast cycling trip. Charles’ ride was one of the most successful community fundraising initiative to date, bringing the whole UWCSEA community together and raising over S$268,000 from 156 donors, including Charles’ matching gift. Personally matching donations to his campaign, up to S$500,000, he said,
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Tejas Ewing encouraging endowment giving “I’m a proud supporter of the UWC Foundation through the Iain Ewing Memorial Fund, established in honour of my father, who was a major supporter of the Foundation. Our fund supports scholar enrichment, paying for activities that a scholarship student would otherwise be unable to do. This year, the dividend from our endowment allowed a passionate Serbian student to develop and run an Initiative for Peace workshop in Timor-Leste. He was so inspired by the event that he now plans to create his own peace-building initiative when he returns home. The opportunities that a UWCSEA education provides lead to lasting change, as students invariably go on to make a meaningful impact in the world, in line with the UWC values they learned and lived with over their years here. I would encourage anyone interested in creating long-term, sustainable and meaningful change to consider endowment giving, because of the lasting nature of the contribution and the benefit to the overall financial stability of the Foundation. It’s truly a rewarding way to give—and one that will keep contributing forever.”
PA East’s commitment to the future The PA East team make a donation every year to build their endowment fund to support high profile and impactful activities on the East Campus. The Fund will be used to create world-class activities and opportunities for students and teachers, enriching the UWCSEA experience for the community now and in the future. Additionally the PA East’s support for the College through the Foundation extends to: • Supporting the ‘greening’ of the East Campus, giving students, staff and parents increased access to green spaces. • Providing additional momentum for the College’s sustainability goals, through the support of the Solar for East initiative.
Tejas Ewing ’98, 1971 Society member “At the Initiative for Peace Conference in Timor-Leste I had an opportunity, along with other facilitators, to help share with delegates tools for positive change in their society. I would like to build on my experiences and one day apply it in my own region, organising conferences in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.” Dušan, Grade 12, Scholar from Serbia
“UWCSEA is so much more than a school, it is a philosophy for life that encourages a way of looking at the world - one that is positive, proactive and engaged.” PA EAST COMMITTEE
THE DONOR ROLL a drum roll of gratitude
Message from Dave Shepherd These stories have been written thanks to the incredible generosity that you—our UWCSEA community of believers and changemakers— have shown. Each story is a shining example of the difference your involvement, individually and collectively, makes in increasing the impact of the UWCSEA experience. Whether you volunteered your time as a Foundation Parent Ambassador, or helped fund scholars or sustainability initiatives, whether you shared your expertise as a FLC Trustee, or participated in Foundation activities, the cumulative effect of your involvement has been transformative. Donations, whatever their size, are combined for maximum effect. We are equally grateful to the enthusiastic children and classes that have fundraised to buy solar panels and plant trees, the families and staff that have contributed to life-changing scholarships, and the major donors who have launched entire projects. So THANK YOU for including the UWCSEA Foundation in your philanthropy. Dave Shepherd, Director of College Advancement
1971 Society Named in honour of the year the College was opened by the then Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, the 1971 Society recognises those who have made cumulative lifetime gifts in five giving levels from S$10,000 to in excess of S$1,000,000.
Society Members Chairman’s Circle
Trafigura Pte Ltd. Andy and Mei Budden UWC Denmark National Committee Bataua Scholarship Fund Dauren Yerdebay The Sassoon Family Foundation Anonymous gift
Capital International Inc.
Mayank Singhal of PI Industries Ltd
Leon Le Mercier ’94
($1,000,000 and above) Lizanne ’83 and Robert A. Milton ’78 Lee Hysan Foundation Gale and Shelby Davis Ricardo and Petra Portabella MAC3
Sonia Nayaham and Hari Kumar
In Memory of Sarojini Viswalingam
Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors
Kirtida and Bharat Mekani
Reza and Imelda Sasmito Safavi
KMG International N.V.
Mara McAdams and David Hand
Nang Lang Kham ’07
Ravi and Sumati Raheja
Shiv and Urvashi Khemka
Nang Kham Noung ’09
Sanjay and Ravina Kirpalani
Gary Basil Scholarship Fund
Nang Mo Hom ’14
UWC National Committee of Germany
AT Capital Pte Ltd
A grateful UWCSEA Family
Fredrik Fosse ’03
Mary Ann Tsao Robinson
In Honour of the late Lal Kumar and Dr. Rajadurai
Maxim and Altynay Telemtayev
($500,000 and $999,999) Kewalram Chanrai Group
($100,000 and $499,999) S and V Foundation
UWC Changsu China
“Having watched my children grow and bloom over the years at UWCSEA, I have seen the impact of the Foundation’s activities first-hand - from bringing in more amazing scholars to enrich their classroom experiences, to firing their passion for sustainability solutions to make a cleaner, greener environment. We have supported numerous initiatives over the years, and were welcomed into the 1971 Society in 2009. It is inspiring to see a group of like-minded people coming together to support these projects, which I truly believe will make UWCSEA - and the world - a better place.” GISELLA HAROLD, 1971 Society
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UWCSEA East Parents’ Association UWC Spain National Committee Ormiston Family Anonymous gifts made by 6 donors
($50,000 and $99,999) Prince of Wales Trust Dato Abdul Rahman Abdul Shariff and Datin Dr. Mona Abdul Rahman Family Harrold Manzoni Family Lester and Christine Gray UWCSEA Dover Parents’ Association UWC China National Committee Shripriya Mahesh Ramanan and Ramanan Raghavendran BHP Billiton Yun Dai Family Nitin and Amie Gulabani Scholae Mundi Julianne and Jeremy Martin Anna Mezhentseva Saga Tree Capital Anonymous gift
($10,000 and $49,999) Iain and Tejas Ewing Jean de Pourtales Craig Flood ’78 Kush Handa ’78 Haeyong Jung Kishore Mahbubani John Shang ’78 Mr and Mrs Zain C. Willoughby ’78 Julian and Buff Whiteley Tord ’86 and Kimberly Stallvik Satish and Anita Shankar Gay Chee Cheong Mark Koczanowski and Vicky Binns Bindiya and Raj Mishra Dale Fisher ’78 Vinod Sahgal Peter ’83 and Tine Jessen Mr and Mrs Hooi Siew Yan Kennedy-Cooke Family David and Sonja Chong James Dalziel and Nancy Fairburn Viren and Ruchee Desai Arvind and Niharika Tiku
Ashwin Ranganathan and Claire Ngo Kandisaputro and Juliet Chris and Fleur Thomas Mr and Mrs G. S. Ramesh Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd Åsa and Magnus Böcker Ben Morgan Ne Aung and Khin Moe Nyunt Soofian ’90 and Fatima Zuberi Jacques Mainguy ’79 Mr and Mrs Sohmen-Pao Ross and Florence Jennings Ko Ko Gyi and Moe Moe Alex Dong Seng Chee and Audrey Ho Ravi and Lakshmi Raju Rigel Technology (S) Pte Ltd Lau Family Mr and Mrs Yaw Chee Ming Wang Piau Voon and Lam Li Min Tek and Angeline Heng Dominic and Tania Pemberton KC Hew Mr and Mrs Shinichi and Emi Tonomura Varun Kodthivada and Tara Gupta
Hideshi and Mana Tokoi Jerome and Stephanie David Sheng Zhang and Donna Tang Rob and Jeanette Gilby Prashant and Claudia Kedia Liu Tsu Kun Nisha and Rajesh Raman Newman Family Srinivas Venkatraman Abad Merritt Family Declan and Chisa O’Sullivan Takeda Family Dave and Sue Shepherd Mikhail Nikolaev Ronald Chong ’78 Nicholas Chan Paul Cummins ’78 Bhargava Family Mikayla Menkes ’17 John Menkes Utsav Ratti ’96 Mark Reinecke ’86 Stirrat Family Julie Ann Kohn and Dan Swift and Family Lan Jian Richard and Zainab Slovenski
Hamanaka Family Bovornrudee Poonsornsiri Derek and Katherine Chang Moreau Family McLaughlin Family Jeremy and Janet Snoad Geetha Muthiah Magnier Family Jina Chung’s parents Mario and Francesca Salvatori Sung and Fumi Lee Family Aya Takeda and Joseph Chia Holt Family Beckmann Family Buchan and Malee Love Serena Tan Haroon Family Miran Salgado ’79 Petersik Family Jonathan and Corinne Carter Carmichael Family Masuhr Family Aya and Yukihiro Nomura Chris Edwards Julie and Albert Ovidi Anonymous gifts made by 12 donors
Kurt Hahn Society Named after the founder of the UWC movement, the Kurt Hahn Society recognises those who intend to leave a legacy to the College as part of a planned bequest.
Society Members Tui Britton ’98 Andy and Mei Budden
Iain and Tejas Ewing Dave and Sue Shepherd
Julian Whiteley Five anonymous members
Annual Giving 1971 Society Annual Giving Recognising those extremely generous supporters of the 1971 Society who have made gifts of S$10,000 or more during the financial year. A grateful UWCSEA Family Gary Basil Scholarship Fund Bataua Scholarship Fund Beckmann Family Jina Chung’s parents Yun Dai Family Gale and Shelby Davis Fredrik Fosse ’03 Lester and Christine Gray
Hamanaka Family Holt Family Peter ’83 and Tine Jessen Sanjay and Ravina Kirpalani Leon Le Mercier ’94 Lee Hysan Foundation Sung and Fumi Lee Family Liu Tsu Kun Buchan and Malee Love
MAC3 Julianne and Jeremy Martin Mara McAdams and David Hand Anna Mezhentseva Sonia Nayaham and Hari Kumar Petersik Family Bovornrudee Poonsornsiri Ravi and Sumati Raheja In Honour of the late Lal Kumar and Dr. Rajadurai
Shripriya Mahesh Ramanan and Ramanan Raghavendran Reza and Imelda Sasmito Safavi Saga Tree Capital Mario and Francesca Salvatori The Sassoon Family Foundation Scholae Mundi Aya Takeda and Joseph Chia Takeda Family Serena Tang
Mary Ann Tsao Robinson UWC National Committee of Germany UWC Spain National Committee UWCSEA East Parents’ Association Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors In Memory of Sarojini Viswalingam Dauren Yerdebay Anonymous gifts made by 7 donors
Globe Giving Club These generous supporters are part of an annual giving society that recognises gifts of S$1,000 or more made during the financial year. Abad Merritt Family Dara Akbarian and Michelle Hertz Salvatore Albani Alchin Family Harry and Louise Alverson Hemant and Rachna AMIN Anand and Pavithra Annika and Ayush Pengwei Bao Battenfeld Florian and Verena Becker Mark Bedingham Bellens Family The Beri Family Victoria Berman Bhargava Family Simon Bignell and Andrea McDonald
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The Bilan-Cooper Family Andrea and Manuela Billè Sandra Binny Bray-Bridgewater Family Zoe Brittain Bryant Family Carmichael Family Jonathan and Corinne Carter Lara Chal and Family Elisa Chan Derek and Katherine Chang Subodh and Shaila Chanrai Angela Chew (Class of 2000) Margaret Chhoa-Howard Jason Choo Lisa Chow Clark Family
CMO bucket list supporters Sinéad Collins and Gary Toner Kevin and Emma Crombie Michelle ’88 and Ken Crouse Paul Cummins ’78 Michael Czerny and Donna Lee Dahiya Family Barry and Leah Daniels Antoine and Isabelle Decitre Viren and Ruchee Desai Destandau Family Priti Devi and Tarun Kataria Hao Ding and Zhang Yi Eduard R. und Maike Dörrenberg Alex Dong and Cecily Guo Ojas ’91 and Ruchi Doshi DSG Partners Asia
Rick Duijm and Shirley Koffijberg Daire and Tamara Dunne Chris Edwards Jean and Natasha Eichaker Ellerbaek Family Encarnacion Family In memory of Kay Everett ’91 Adam and Taeko Farthing Victoria Ferris Rachel Freeman Thales Gabay Mark Gabriel ’93 The Ghirardello Family Kareem Gomersall Pippa Haley Kush Handa ’78 Nicola and Bob Harayda
Ralph and Bettina Haupter Douglas and Moemi Heskamp Jensen Hjorth Seng Chee and Audrey Ho Mr and Mrs Hooi Siew Yan Hu Huan Edna Irani and children Iswahyudi Damien and Sharon Jacotine Guoqing Jiang and Haiyan Xu Il Yong Jung ’02 Seho Jung and Seokyoung Nam Kaneda Family Han Seung Kang and Mee Jee Jung Josephine Kang Family Kankaanpää-Monney Ijaz Kato and Shukura Babirye
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Neil Keating Prashant and Claudia Kedia Kennedy-Cooke Family Chandru and Sunita Kewal Ramani Zayn Khan Robert and Sylvia Kong Vyacheslav Kormiltsev and Maria Rzhevskaya Alexander Krefft ’93 Johannes Lagerwij and Mona Zoet Eugene Lai Adam and Linsey Lawrence Martin Lechner Masaki and Naoko Lee Xian Yu Li and Jun Michelle Fang Liang Chuxin Dr and Mrs Lim Ka Liang Kristina and Rebecka Livingston Lord Family Bolor and Pierre Lorinet Louis Dreyfus Company Luo Chuan Magnier Family Kishore Mahbubani
Laksh Maheshwary Jacques Mainguy ’79 Vandana and Sumit Malik David and Fei-Ying Marshall Masuhr Family McLaughlin Family Manoj Mishra The Mohantys Monteith Adams Family Ben Morgan Morgans Family Mikael MÖrn ’92 Scott Murray Indrani and Priyanka Murugason Mikhail Nikolaev Sr. Dr. Akiko Nomura Gen and Tomoko Nonaka Brian Ó Maoileoin and Kate Drudy Berna Okten Lyndsey Oliver Ormiston Family Yumiko Oshima Julie and Albert Ovidi Pai Family
Pant Family Amee Parikh Mijung Park and Youngseo Lee Sean Hyunwook Park, Jenny Jungsook Ahn Catherine Parkin Parr Family Ping Ping Jason and Lisa Plamondon Subarna and Mohan Prabhakar Leena Prakash George and Claire Psillides Raghavan Family Nisha and Rajesh Raman Reitmaier Family Zain, Yasser and Zarah Rizvi Maxime Roulin Nety and Abhishek Sahai Kenji Sakurai Miran Salgado ’79 Malini Samai Anand Sanghi Renaldo Santosa ’08 Teruhide Sato Paul Scott
Jarrod Seah Vidhi Shah Shankar Family The Sharrys Dave and Sue Shepherd Kyoko and Toko Shimizu Mike and Eya Sicat Richard and Zainab Slovenski The Snoad Family Hendrik J. Soewatdy ’00 Mr and Mrs Sohmen-Pao Moses, Sarah, Evelyn and Eleanor Song Stirrat Family Lindsay Strickland Gregory Stuppler and Carys Owen Ann Syauta ’92 Kina and Kiho Takahashi Maria Takimoto Akshat Dheeraj Talreja Itsuko and Kotaro Tamura Sameer and Geetika Taneja Altynay Telemtayeva Graeme and Ying Temple Arvind and Niharika Tiku
Timm and Almud Tokuda Family Tonich Family Yining and Duncan van Bergen Judyta Van Heukelem Alain and Laurence Vandenborre Gurpreet and Rupinder Vohra Roxanne Walker Mark and Sandy Wang Peggy Wang Nick and Nikki Weber Brenda Whately and Stan Wagner Laura Whiteley Amara and Arosha Wijemuni Zain ’78 and Anastasia Willoughby Wu Haiyan Xu Qiwen Lijun Yang You Jee Won and Ji Jung Ah Sheng Zhang and Donna Tang Xingying Zhou Zhu Wenqing and Fang Weidong Anonymous gifts made by 18 donors
Grade 10 Mentor Groups Grade 12 Mentor Groups Grade 12 East Class Gift Soeren Addicks Adrija Sanjeev Agarwal Shradha Agarwal Neetu and Rohit Aggarwal Tengku Nong Fatimah Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah ’82 Brian and Fay Alesi Fiona Alexander ’87
Alp and Tomoko Rebecca Alsagoff Coleen Angove Anjna Gina and Will Anstee Apell Naoko Arai ’82 The Araki Family Arriyan and Rishaan Arvind and Jita Sibel Ascioglu Hayran Rebecca, Max and Lexie Ashby
Billy, Fai, Poe Auer Avci Family Paul Baird Rebecca Baker Nikhilesh Balaji The Bali Family Bill Ballenden Partha Banerjee ’97 Haider Baray Danielle Barratt ’87 Ruth Beattie Ian Bellhouse and Eleanor Great
UWCSEA Fund Supporters K1 Infant School - Class of 2017/2018 Class of K1SLm K2 Infant School - Class of 2017/2018 Class K2AVs 2018 Teachers, Children and Parents of K2JSi, UWCSEA Dover G1 Infant School - Class of 2017/2018 Class of G1ATu Class of G1 PTh, 2017/2018 The Class of 2CTh 2017/2018, Cinders Thomas Class of 3DWn 2017/2018
Ms Jessica Kelly and Class of 3JKe 2017/2018 Class of 4JMs 4LWh Class of 2017/2018 Class of 4SZi Grade 5 Junior School Class of 2017/2018 Grade 5 2017/2018 (JSu, JSm, KTl, MBo, SKa, SLc, PAr, FSt) Grade 6 Middle School Class of 2017/2018 Class of 6ALo Grade 9 Mentor Groups
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Nitin Bhanot Urmi Bharne ’99 Gaurav and Smriti Bhushan Birte Christ Nicolas ’98 and Rachel Blewitt Ben Bowden Boxö Fishingmen Denise Boynton ’97 Mark and Sue Bradshaw Ananya Skye Brandon Andrew, Donna, George, Alfie and Tilly Brereton Erik Brodersen David Brown ’97 Rachel Brown Family Brownlee Liliane A Brunner Halbach Marc Buchli Chuan Ian Campbell ’84 M and B Campbells Coco and Sasha Canale Kathy Cao Lystad Courtney Carlson and Tony Lee David Chan ’92 Nicholas Chan Chang Rong-Zer Xin and Dianna Chang Anushka Chaudhuri Radhika Chavali Xinwei Che Clifford and Stephanie Cheah Chee Boon Leong and Rachel Phoon Chen Jie and Pan Weiying Chen Rong Rong Naiqian Chen Patrick YH Chen Richard Chen Diana Chee Timothy Cheung and Sue-Ann Yong Elaine Chew
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Chia Yoke Chee The Chiampo Family Peter Cho and Hayoung Cho Chong Su-San ’82 The Chong Family Chu Pei Hwa Samantha Chua ’14 Varun and Tanaya Chugh Sunny Chyun ’97 Adam Clark ’07 Raymund Co Karen Cole Gilles Collong Linda Cook Corrigan Family Ted Cowan and Belinda Robinson Jackie Cragg CWM Bonnie and Andrew da Roza Dahan Family Batbayar Damdinsuren Jordan Davies Yumi Davis ’97 Natalie de Boursac ’07 Rajeev and Alexandra De Mello Joao Silva de Souza Tommy Dean ’07 Emma Defechereux Kobita Desai Benjamin Detenber Ahna Dewan ’92 Vishal Dhawan Nikki Dinh Djaja and Limardo Clan Robert and Edna Dompeling Caroline Doo Jerome Dubois ’97 Louis Dutilh ’97 Gayathri Dwaraknath Susan Edwards and John McAuliffe
The Ellard Family Emes Family The Ohio Esguerras Mahmoud and Karin Esmaeili Talitha and Reuben Evans Ewington Family Michelle Faherty Farhani Soeren Ferre and Julyana Irawan Don and Purni Ferrin Kyra and Leah Finkelstein Johanna Fishbein Sarah Fisher Christian Foo Graham and Kahin Francis Tomohiro Fujita Tomonari Furukawa Mansi Gandhi Apollo, Tara and Scott Garson Flower Shikha and Ab Gaur,3IVa Aaron Gay ’91 Geeta and Ramanathan Lucas and Rania Ghai Sarah French Gibbons ’92 Jason and Katrina Glassick Robert and Vanessa Glennie Liyah and Asiya Gokal Goldberg Vivek Gomber ’97 Georgina Gonzalez Goshawk Family Govil Family David Gowdey and Kathryn Gray Gray Family Brian and Ethel Green Jason, Stefanie, Annabelle, Vanessa, Alexis Green - 2 generations of UWC Grignani Family Andrea Groth The Grundlingh Family
Ishina Gujral Amit Gulati Sophia Gunkel ’08 Piyush and Priya Gupta Kantesh V Guttal James and Maria Hackett Gyuah Han The Hannigan Family Hina Haris Haroon Family Irene Hartono ’92 Thomas Harvey ’77 Dirk Heerding ’80 Simon Henry Shuichi Hidaka Diya and Jai Himatsinghani Adrienne Hintz ’81 Liese Ho ’87 Mihoko Eto Hobberstad Anne Hoecker Richard and Birgit Holland ’97 The Holt Family Tony Hopwood Juliet Hornsby Ian Hortin Jerry Huang Alex Hunte and Nadia Larsson Cameron Hunter Shena Hussain Wataru Ishikuro Tamako Ito ’97 Iversen Family Iyer-Vohra Family Stephane and Gaelle Jacqmin Abheeshu Jain Charu Jain Shruti Jain Inda Malini Jamil Javier Meza Robayo Jawa Family
Jelfs Family Philip Jemielita ’74 Carl Jenkins Kenneth Jeyaretnam ’77 Jiang Family Jiawen Anupam Jindel Ming Jing Cathy Jones Anisha Joshi Yuan Ju Kinjal Kaji Anitha Kamath Marc-Andre Kamel Ananya, Rohan, Jemy and Kannan 2018 Erik Karlström ’92 Karan Kaul UWCSEA ’98 Katsunori Kawaguchi Janet Keating Peter and Natalie Kennedy Monica Kesuma ’82 Derek Keswakaroon Olivia Kay Khaing Kha ’07 Zara and Zubin Khanna Sohana and Nafees Khundker Divya Kirti ’06 Yohei Kitano Effie Knights Max Kohler Manish and Aditi Kohli Anita Kollarne Minko Frank and Monika Kotschenreuther Anika Astrid and Ava Kowald-Linsley Marc Kremer Rajesh Kumar Vivek Kumar Jae Jeong Kwak Kwan Liyi Drummond, Alice, Claire and Alexander Kwiatkowski
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Koen Laan Anushka and Sanjana Lahiri Trillion Lai ’07 Yufang Lai George and Suzie Laing Ranjan Lath Kimberly Latham and Jeff Bullwinkel Su-In and Vinson Lau Nicholas Laveris The Layards Sylvie Ledig Andrew Lee and Yida Lee Doyun and Yuchan Lee Sam and Poni Leong Karen Letchmanan Ernest Chun Man Leung Kate Lewis and Doug Wills David Lewnes Li Yiheng (Andy) Linda Li Sung Sang Khantey Lim ’19 Lim Kam Su ’82 The Lima Salvo Family Amber and Elijah Liu Liu Guolin and Wenpu Zhang Qing Liu Yixuan LIU Russel and Tina Lok Kate Lonsdale ’97 Charlie Lory Anna Lowndes Xuan Lu Ellie Luckcock Gina LUENGAS Matt Lulu Xiaolu Lyu Kaiyen Ma, Sijun Ma and Shanyi Ma Paul MacCullum ’84 Anne MacFadden Samantha Mak ’07
Masami Makino Airlangga Manansang ’97 Rajesh and Rujuta Manghani Hanli Mangun and Jisun Park Donation in Memorium of Mr. Wellington Manullang Tor Marshall Nicholas Martin Sittichai Matanachai Reina Mathieson Micky and Sandeep Mathur Tsuyoshi and Mariko Matsubara Elizabeth Matsumoto Sue Matthews David and Kim Maxwell Maya and Trisha McAdoo Family Chris McCann ’92 McCarthy Family Wade McDonough ’92 Gareth Mcilroy and Hyeon Jung Kim Catherine McKinley ’89 Melvil Meddour-Steiger Caroline and Robert Meek Nirali Mehta Kirtida and Bharat Mekani Philip Meschke ’07 Michaelis Family Milland Family Min Jungi Minford Family Arjun Mishra ’07 Yuki Mitsuyasu ’01 Vanessa Mittman Miyakoshi Family Anne-Maj Moern Kamal Uddin Mohammad and Shirin Begum Steinar Mollan ’98 Mongeon Family
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Moreau Family (Manu ’18 and Thys ’21) Kunihito Morimura The Morley Family Motteram Family Stephen and Karin Motteram Elias Moubayed ’82 K.K Mukherjee David and Karen Mulvenna Vicky Mulvey-Mackay ’87 Zachary and Alexander Myerscough Patrick Myhrman ’92 Selma Nadarajah ’97 Tapash Nag Rustom Nagarwalla ’82 Nancy Dhevin Nandyala Bhavna Narayanan Aadya Navandar Nayantara Puneesh and Chandni Nayar Winston and Heshani Nesfield Chris Newman Han Nguyen and Boris Forey Minh-Tam and Jessica Nguyen Karen Norris Nyunt Sein Carol Oakley ’77 Ichha Oberoi Michiko Ohya Steve and Paige Okun The Olivan’s for Mikael Mörn Rae Omar Ong Chaw Yin Ong Family Neil and Shauna O’Reilly Dan and Libby Orr Yumiko Oshima Vipart Pakartikom ’85 Laurent Palacio Robert Palmer
Pang Juxiang Kanaiya Parekh Junyoung Park Anne-Marie Parnell Paterson Sustainability Chiayu Peng Harvey Perkins ’77 Raj Pherwani The Pinnegar Family Family Pluijmers Ashis, Alpa and Yash Poddar Saju Youseph Ponnissery Pooja Prasanna Aristides and Dominique Protonotarios Quentin and Lohan R Kalyanaraman Divya Raghavan ’07 Santosh Raghavan Tengku Rahimah ’84 Mallika Ramdas Sora Ramnebro Shivendra Rana ’07 Sripriya Ranganathan Antonio Rappa and Angelique Chan Upwan Ratti ’97 The Raver-Wong Family Anne Redfern (Pelling) ’77 Rinck Family Joe and Nikki Rivera Erin Robinson Aksel Roejkjaer Lyn Rosmarin Sid Roy Tanya Rustogi Oliver Rydstrom Siti Aminah Sabtu Herry Salim’s Family Jason Sambanju ’92 Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson
Joseph Santiago ’89 Tidaporn Santimanawong Petrus Santoso ’82 Kavi and Tejas Sarna Listi Sasmito ’87 Mark Schiet ’82 The Schwender Family Scott The Scotts Oliver and Mayuko Seddon Nancy and Mat Segal Cyanthi Seneviratne Seo Family Gary and Mel Seston Bharti Amul Shah Reshna Shah Tianlan Shao Varini Sharma ’07 Shashvin Timothy SHEU ’05 Mamiko Shigemasa ’99 Shilin Family Shim Shang Doe Kay Shin Jota ’95 and Claudia Shohtoku Radhika Shukla Bhagwan Singh Shishir and Nidhi Singh Mayank Singhal ’92 Aaryan Sinha Kavita Sinha Lauren Sipelis Roberto Sirtori ’92 Erwin Sjamsudin Edgar Sjoberg Fintan and Toshiko Smyth Sonal Qihong Song Rina Song Stampfer Family
Monica Stanciu India Steger Stephens Family Francesca Stevens Su Yu Kuang Sunir and Shailja Chandra Suny ’82 K C Suresh Hendra Sutandinata ’82 Marjie Sweeney Pattama T. Carola Tagliabue Larrie MF Tan Tan Hsin Ci Zac and Ryan Tan Oranuj Tantimedh ’81 Bhupender and Nivedita Tanwar Arnav Tapadia Tavleen ’17 Louise Taylor ’87
Teagle Family Siong Swee Tee Kemal Temenggung ’07 Suzanne Teo Parveen Thakral ’97 Ashima Thomas ’97 Amit Kumar Tibrewal Jocelyne Tjandra ’99 Meenakshi Tomar Nazliza Tomari Tonello Family Tony and Nikki Cecilia Torterola Agota Toth Alexandra and Dominique Touchaud Laurence Tournerie Tran-Harvey Chantal Travers Siddhant Trivedi ’09 Troutman Family
Masayasu Tsuda Shoken and Ayumi Tsurumaru Yoshiyuki Tsutsui Yu Ming Tung ’82 Adam and Angela Turner Jay Tuseth and Tabitha Manresa Ueki Family Tisella Umar ’16 Family van Noord Kristen and Suvir Varma Venkatesh Joke Verhaart Nicholas Verrill Basant Vigarniya Mit Vithalani ’07 Von der Luehe Family Lodewijk Vriens ’11 Alice and Laurent Vuibert Sota and Kiyomi Wakabayashi Lorna Walker
The Wallner Family Tina and David Walton Eileen Wang Jiongtong Wang Yaoyao Pongdanai Wangthamrongwit ’06 Genevieve Waters Darryl Wee ’87 Tarin Wenger David Wibisono ’82 Wickmann Family John M Widder Franciska Wihardja ’92 Anisha Wilmink Oliver Wilson Marko S. Winedt ’16 Bettina Wipf ’81 Christian Wipf ’77 Mr Wolfie Aizsa Wong The Woods Family
Jun Wu Wu and Wang Ariane Wyss ’90 Lin Xia and Ning Zhang Peng Xu Farhana Yaakob Wayne and Helen Yang Jon Ye Shawn Yeo Carolyn and David Yong Mark Zagrodnik ’82 Norman Zeng Christoph Zenker ’82 ZHAI Xiaoyu and Family Liandong Zhang Zhang Ling Zhang Xiaohong Zihan Zhang Allison and Scott Ziemer Anonymous gifts made by 115 donors
Julie Dale Lorena Daly Ferreira Barry and Leah Daniels Christopher Davies Tim Davies Nicholas Dawling Linda De Flavis Simon Dean Andrew Denney Gavin Dinsdale Nicola Dinsdale Nora Donohue Duff Douglas Gillian Duncan Tony Dura Canales Susan Edwards and John McAuliffe
Gemma Elford Dawson Jacqueline Evanko Andrea Felker and Chris Haigh Victoria Ferris Andrew Fielding Lesley Finley Johanna Fishbein Daniel Forster Helen Gamble Ronald Gillies Marie-Anne Glavan Velia Goberna Deborah Gordon Alexandra Graham Pippa Haley Richard Hannah
Luke Haugen Jane Healey Simon Henry Steven Hickey Adrian Hill Lisa Hill Victoria Hill Gordon Hirons Jensen Hjorth Tony Hopwood Cameron Hunter Caitlin Hutchinson Rachel Ingram Liam Isaac Jaeisma Jamil Veronica Jansen
UWCSEA Staff Scholarship Fund Alchin Family Caroline Araneta Adrian Armstrong Naida Arrindell Paul Baird Karen Balthazaar Natalie Bane Louie Barnett Erin Belliveau Victoria Berman Simon Bignell and Andrea McDonald Sandra Binny Peter Blythe Mark and Sue Bradshaw Bray-Bridgewater Family John Bush
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Catherine Butler Bronwyn Bye Andrew Carter Jonathan and Corinne Carter Carlos Cazorla Garcia Christine Chaboyer Catherine Cheffins Elaine Chew Margaret Chhoa-Howard Kim Hoon Chia Viki Cole Nicola Coles Lucia Cordani Mireille Couture Kevin and Emma Crombie Joanne Cuthbert
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Robert Jefferiss Leigh Jenner Maria-Pilar Jimenez Sian Johns Ijaz Kato and Shukura Babirye Neil Keating James Kirrane Drummond, Alice, Claire and Alexander Kwiatkowski Sarah La Caze Catherine Lane Adam and Linsey Lawrence Helen Leeming Kate Levy Kate Lewis and Doug Wills Michael Little Alison Lloyd Eric Lyman Martin Lyon Maggie Ma Jennifer MacSwain Nadine Mains Irene Malone
Carla Marschall Tor Marshall Julie Martens Jonathan Mayhew Rebecca Maynard McCarthy Family Paula McKillop Joseph McWilliams Frankie Meehan Catherine Mellor Kristin Mikulka Luke Milburn Minford Family Sarah Mollitt Ben Morgan Scott Murray Mary Newbigin Claire O’Farrell Lyndsey Oliver Brian Ó Maoileoin and Kate Drudy Dan and Libby Orr Kirstie Parker Catherine Parkin
Parr Family Urvashi Patel Imogen Piccirilli Michele Pirson Debra Pollard Hugh Pollard Stephen Potter George and Claire Psillides Trina Putt Louisa Radford Aarti Rai Mallika Ramdas Sora Ramnebro Patrick Renouf Gareth Richards Stephen Rowcliffe Rebecca Sandford Johannes Schellekens Lynda Scott Gary and Mel Seston Sathia Bhama Sethu Madhavan Dave and Sue Shepherd Jennifer Smith
Danielle Solk Moses, Sarah, Evelyn and Eleanor Song Sara Jane Soutar Martin Spreckley David Starzynski Jill Stephenson Lindsay Strickland Martin Suarez Adam Taylor Visalatchi Thangaveloo Poonam Thapar Cinders Thomas Miles Tranter Nicole Tripp Geoffrey Tsang Ian Tymms Manoj Varghese Kate Vaughan Sabine Veron Roxanne Walker William Walker Joanne Wallace Soula Walters
Timothy Walters Andrew Ware John Waters Michael Watson Carl Waugh Helen Webster Pamela Kelly Wetzell Brenda Whately and Stan Wagner David White Olivia White Alice Whitehead Laura Whiteley John M Widder Paul Williams Anisha Wilmink Melanie Wilson Wittig Family Mr Wolfie Katherine Wood Diana Yacou Fang Yang Johann Zobrist Anonymous gifts made by 8 donors
Aevar Arnason ’18 Anjolie Arora ’18 Sahil Arora ’18 Alagu Ashwin Muthiah ’18 Hui Li Yen Askvik ’18 Azhara Assanova ’18 Andre Auch ’18 Advik Ayya ’18 Sean Bagary ’18 Aida Baimenova ’18 Dina Baimenova ’18 Aiym Bakytbaikyzy ’18 Siddhartha Bali ’18
Kevin Bao ’18 Alexander Barbier ’18 Sophia Barkham ’18 Joshua Beacroft ’18 Melchior Beneton ’18 Dhea Bengardi ’18 Rahil Bharat Ram ’18 Ansh Bhargava ’18 Shruti Bhargava ’18 Tatia Bolkvadze ’18 Satayu Boontaveekit ’18 Anthea Bordier ’18 Kenza Brouwer ’18
Isabelle Bull ’18 Coralie Bultel ’18 Zarina Bux ’18 Carl Anthony Castueras ’18 Jayasree Chakravarty ’18 Kathryn Chan ’18 Anisha Chandrasekar ’18 Krit Chatikavanij ’18 Nadja Na-Ya Chong ’18 Seok Hyun Chung ’18 Philip Comrie-Smith ’18 Emmett Coughlan ’18 Lauren Crosbie-Walsh ’18
Sara Currie ’18 Iyaan Dabu ’18 Tara Dahy ’18 Ivan Davies ’18 Sarah Davies ’18 Connor Delahunty ’18 Riccardo Di Mauro ’18 Rahul Dias ’18 Ananya Diddapur ’18 Max Docking ’18 Tosca Dori ’18 John Joseph Doyle IV ’18 Naman Dugar ’18
Graduate Giving Class of 2018 Veer Abrol ’18 Kartikeya Agarwal ’18 Pallav Agarwal ’18 Lior Agmoni ’18 Ridhima Agrawal ’18 Farzin Ahmed ’18 Arman Alluri ’18 Ines Amathieux ’18 Farhan Ameen ’18 Lilliana Ammann ’18 Vitoria Andrade Carnier ’18 Aida Appaz ’18
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Courtney Duncan ’18 Emee Marjorie Dy ’18 Ingowari Sarah Erenyanate ’18 Maria Fernanda Farias Briseno ’18 Martina Fausto ’18 Alexandra Francis ’18 Joaquin Gaite ’18 Daria Alessandra Galli Zugaro ’18 Vartika Garg ’18 Risako Gen ’18 Ella Glanville ’18 Lela Gomersall ’18 Aida Gueye ’18 Patrick Gullery ’18 Trisha Guttal ’18 Chivas Harlie ’18 Antonia Harrold ’18 Mahnoor Hasan ’18 Madeleine Hoang ’18 Sean Hoet ’18 Yeji Hong ’18 Annie Huang ’18 Nikola Hughes ’18 Alina Idrissova ’18 Nikita Ignatev ’18 Miyu Inoue ’18 Gauthier Jacqmin ’18 Aditya Andre Jagtap ’18 Mahpara Jahan ’18 Nikhil Jain ’18 Jun Hyeok Jang ’18 Hyae In Jee ’18 Victoria Smoerum Vang Jensen ’18 Alison Jeon ’18 Lea Jessen ’18 Elliot Jessop ’18 Siming Ji ’18 Jasmine Johnson ’18 Sresta Kandikattu ’18 Devika Karmakar ’18
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Samiksha Kattera ’18 Freya Kelly ’18 Sebastian Kendrick ’18 Mrunal Khadke ’18 Vania Khoe Yu Wei ’18 Caroline Kim ’18 Julia Hae Jin Kim ’18 Kyung Sang Kim ’18 Yu Rae Kim ’18 Patricia Kinsumbya ’18 Andrew Kiplagat Kipkoech ’18 Anna-Marie Kohn ’18 Tintie Ahmed Kone ’18 Eva Konig ’18 Alisha Konnoth ’18 Kochakorn Krachaiwong ’18 Aditya Krishna ’18 Akshata Kuvelkar ’18 Jasmine Kwok ’18 Katherine Lai ’18 Zoe Lambert ’18 Julia Lamers ’18 Paul Le Helloco ’18 Sol Gye Leader-Cole ’18 Adeline Lee ’18 Jung Whan Eddie Lee ’18 Sz Ying Lee ’18 Sten Leinasaar ’18 Dylan Leupi ’18 Masud Tyree Lewis ’18 Jiayi Li ’18 Rebecka Lichtenecker ’18 Xin-Yi Lin ’18 Chenyu Liu ’18 Zoe Lo ’18 Novia Long ’18 Siao Si Looi ’18 David Lundevall ’18 Radu Lungu ’18 Caroline Lye ’18
Honami Maeo ’18 Lisa Magnusson Biel ’18 Anya Magotra ’18 Ishita Mahajan ’18 Violet Majendie ’18 Naviya Makhija ’18 Anta Male ’18 Daniyal Manekia ’18 Muskaan Matwankar ’18 Isobel Maxwell ’18 Zoe McAdoo ’18 Paula Medina Agromayor ’18 Anushree Mehta ’18 Jay Mistry ’18 Annika Moeller-Chandiramani ’18 Mehak Monga ’18 Gyu Rie Moon ’18 Young Min Moon ’18 Navya More ’18 Manu Moreau ’18 Eleonore Morin ’18 Emma Motteram ’18 Muhammad Anaqi Muhamad Afendi ’18 Ainur Mukhamejanova ’18 Sayantan Mukhuti ’18 Sudeekshna Muralidharan ’18 Yurie Muramatsu ’18 Sigapi Muthiah ’18 Erica Myat ’18 Abhinav Nair ’18 Shubh Nanda ’18 Riya Narayan ’18 Dhruv Narayanan ’18 Hattie Nelligan ’18 Tahlia Nesfield ’18 Nana Kwame Nyarko-Ansong ’18 Maxine Ocampo ’18 Sam O’Donohoe ’18 Devaditya Ojha ’18 Yuko Okumura ’18
Juan Palacios Rodas ’18 Hristina Panajoti ’18 Tanisha Pande ’18 Michael Paredes ’18 Dhruv Patel ’18 Sharole Tatiana Pineda Pardo ’18 Maria Plessia ’18 Matthieu Pool ’18 Petra Portabella ’18 Samay Prakash ’18 Annika Prinz ’18 David Protonotarios ’18 Huzaifa Raghav ’18 Muhammad Raka Rahmatullah ’18 Ashika Rajesh ’18 Akshara Rajeshkannan ’18 Ela Rautner ’18 Prahalad Ravi ’18 Rohit Ravi ’18 Lorenzo Remmerswaal ’18 Flademir Luis Ribeiro Mendes Mota ’18 Noa Rosenfeld ’18 Corin Runacres ’18 Idhika Sahi ’18 Karil Salim ’18 Raffaela Santosa ’18 Muskan Sapra ’18 Luca Sassi Arobba ’18 Anna Marie Saviano ’18 Fernando Sepulveda ’18 Muhammad Shah ’18 Tianlan Shao ’18 Marta Shcharbakova ’18 Anna Mae Sheehan ’18 Yesha Sheth ’18 Varun Shetty ’18 Kyoko Shimizu ’18 Meera Shoaib ’18 Eve Singer ’18 Devika Singh ’18
Sidhant Singh ’18 Udayveer Singh ’18 Arinjay Singhai ’18 Tarini Sinha ’18 Isha Sipahimalani ’18 Lydia Small ’18 William Smith ’18 Rebecca Helen Snoad ’18 Chanreaksmey (Mey) So ’18 Elika Somani ’18 Vignesh Srivathsan ’18 Uday Sudhakar ’18 Witold Sulima-Horbatowski ’18 Dillon Tallentire ’18 Ellie Tam ’18 Ken Meng Tan ’18 Nikhil Tan ’18 Terrence Tan ’18 Zi Jin Tan ’18 Georgina Taylor ’18 Samuel Taylor ’18 Sreylin Touch ’18 Lauren Traas ’18 Savannah Trafford ’18 Daiki Tsumagari ’18 Sandra Tu ’18 Kirsten Corinne Tumaru ’18 Rosemary Tymms ’18 Kanhav Uppal ’18 Maximiliaan Van Es ’18 Marie Van Hove ’18 Jonah Floran Van Sluijs ’18 Sonia Varma ’18 Zaal Vasania ’18 Pumaeth Veeratanapanich ’18 Jessica Verhoeven ’18 Lennart Von Der Luehe ’18 Chadwick Wang ’18 Kaho Watanabe ’18 Alexander Watt ’18
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Marcus Went ’18 Lara Weyns ’18 Muditha Wijemuni ’18 Cassandra Wong ’18
Manuel Wuest ’18 Chuwen Xiao ’18 Yu Xiao ’18 Yung Yung Sylvia Yang ’18
Xuan Yee ’18 Bexultan Yeraly ’18 Sue Ann Yong ’18 Jessica Yu ’18
Yelim Yu ’18 Ruining Yuan ’18 Wei Zhang ’18 Aizhan Zhomartkyzy ’18
Martin Zieler ’18 Alva Zinser ’18 Anonymous gifts made by 45 donors
“I have donated to the Class of ’78 scholarship fund in the hope that others will have the benefit of the UWC experience, and that they too will be able to go into the world, with a sense of exploration and adventure, with lifelong friends beside them and with a spirit of community to guide them.” CRAIG A FLOOD ’78
Class of 1978 Liz Ager ’78 Lesley Anton ’78 Matthew Bucknall ’78 Greg Caccavale ’78 Ronald Chong ’78 William Chong Meng Wan ’78 Charles Culley ’78 Paul Cummins ’78 Lian Fey Foong ’78 Karen Giambalvo ’78 In Memory of Gösta Kush Handa ’78 Danica Holtes ’78 Jacqueline Kayser ’78 Yuki Konii ’78 Ee Wey Lim ’78 Alexandra Lutton ’78
Prakash Patel ’78 Eleanor Reid-Meyer ’78 Mario Rosario ’78 In Memory of Rajiv Sachdev ’78 Andrew Smith ’78 Eric P. Suan, M.D. ’78 Bruce and Jackie Walker Patrick Widjaja ’78 Zain ’78 and Anastasia Willoughby Joanne K Wood ’78 Anonymous gifts made by 11 donors
Class of 1983 Kaitlin Ayres ’83 David Birks ’83 Edwina ’83 Irene ’83 Peter ’83 and Tine Jessen Lewis Marks ’83
Names appear in alphabetical order, as per requested recognition name.
Debbie Miller ’83 Indrani and Priyanka Murugason Milika Nederlof ’83 Joselina Paredes ’83 Petra van Boetzelaer ’83 Von der Luehe Family Bill Wilson ’83 Jeanne Zilch ’83 Anonymous gifts made by 5 donors
Class of 1988 Adnan Ahmed ’88 Analia Roxana Blanco ’88 Peter Breuer ’88 Simon Collins ’88 Jody Conibear Tangredi ’88 Michelle ’88 and Ken Crouse Sarah Deplagne ’88 Sandie (Alexandra) Hanke ’88
Drew Hulton-Smith ’88 Miwa Ishii ’88 Deepak Kaul ’88 Sacha Lien ’88 Tanya Luthra ’88 Yumi Matsushita ’88 Caroline Nath ’88 Parr Family Nachi Periakaruppan ’88 Samantha Rice (Wilde) ’88 Mark Sarre ’88 Rachel Smith ’88 Peter van Veen ’88 Wong Chen ’88 Anonymous gifts made by 8 donors
Thijs Bonsma ’93 Katie (Wood) Elcombe ’93 Mark Gabriel ’93 Kiri Harkess ’93 Markus Heiliö ’93 HyeJun ’93 Alexander Krefft ’93 Tony Miller ’93 Sitas Prasertmanukitch ’93 Steffanie Riess ’93 Sandra Shakespeare (Schmidkunz) ’93 Margarita Tantra ’93 Aphichai Techanitisawad ’93 Stuart Thomson ’93 Anonymous gifts made by 7 donors
Class of 1993
Class of 1998
Roswatinee Abdullah ’93 Gaurab Banerji ’93
Nicolas ’98 and Rachel Blewitt Ken Bogaert ’98
Tui Britton ’98 Permada Darmono ’98 Paola Del Fabbro ’98 Tejas Ewing ’98 Alex Halbherr ’98 Oliver Houchin ’98 Elizabeth Hutton ’98 Karan Kaul UWCSEA ’98 Mantazh Khanna ’98 Mori Madenokoji ’98
Aulia Masna ’98 Steinar Mollan ’98 Asha Stabback ’98 Nicola Timmins ’98 Vera Tomatis ’98 Sumi Vishnu ’98 Jacob Young ’98 Anonymous gifts made by 16 donors
Class of 2008 Anurag Arora ’08
Saskia Baer ’08 Danish Bajaj ’08 Lee Balmforth ’08 Louise Beck ’08 Marie-Liesse Capelle ’08 Sophia Gunkel ’08 Natasha Howitt ’08 Muaz Jema ’08 Avnee Jetley ’08 Sophie Malmros ’08
Ira Martopullo ’08 Ed Meade ’08 Shusuke Morioka ’08 Simon Neal ’08 Vernon Neo ’08 Okkie Nikijuluw ’08 Adyuta Amarendra Pramudya ’08 Ana Lucia Robleda ’08 Renaldo Santosa ’08 Riccardo Stilli ’08
Madison Tilbrook ’08 Alex van Hasselt ’08 Gustav Wessman ’08 Aswin Widjaya ’08 Evelyn Z. ’08 Anonymous gifts made by 6 donors
Other years Heather Ager ’80 Kate Gudgeon ’75 Anonymous gift
Foundation Parent Ambassador Programme Ambassadors Alison Sanders Ana Carrera Anchal Attal Anna Bryant Anna Layard Archana Tapadia Bettina Haupter Camilla Wallner Caroline McLaughlin Carys Owen Charlotte Peters Clare Kiersey Colleen Reid Cyanthi Katugaha Seneviratne Debbie Grignani Dhara Shah Farida Montanus Francesca Gasparrini Gayathri Ramaswami Geraldine Gibb Harish Kelath
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Harry (Hakuei) Kosato Hema Shantigram Hina Adeel Inderjeet Thareja Itu Gupta Jackie Cragg Jacyl Ware Jenifer Raver Julianne Martin Karin Esmaeili Kate Ansbro Laya Katarina Radosavljevic Kathryn Zastera Kavita Satwalekar Kelley Morrow Kiran Karunakaran Lakshmi Raju Laura Dahan Laurence Clements Laxmi (Mala) Kamath Leena Prakash Lesley Olejnik-McBride Libby Orr
Lisa Poon Lyndall Menon Malavika Shanker Mark Newman Marcela Tellez-Glover Marchien Vuijk Margaret Kim Maria Carvalho Margo Encarnacion Melita Gerber Michelle Hertz Micky Mathur Miwa Otsuka Nathalie De Spiegeleire Navleen Kohli Neha Patel Neeti Govil Nimisha Pandey Prity Tibrewal Rachna Amin Rita Joseph Ruchee Desai Rupinder Kaur
Rusan Bicuri Yazicioglu Sabine Hein Saima Ahmed Saloni Bajaj Singh Sarimah Bonehill Seema Sutradhar Shikha Sarkar Shirley Kan Stefanie Green Stephanie Monteith Suparna Kapoor Suvidha Balasubramanian Suzannah Ritch Tanya Watts Victoria Great Vinni (Vineet) Sethi Yamini Bawa Yashoda Kukean Yohanna Kurniady
Former Ambassadors (2017/2018) Anne-Valerie Ohlsson
Asema Ahmed Carolyn Wang Yong Chandni Kapoor Edna Irani-Fey Gao Wei Geetha Muthiah Juhee Shah Katrina Glassick Lauren Sipelis Liliane Brunner-Halbach Manvi Chandak Mehvish Maniar Melinda Jacoby-Hogg Michelle Lawlor Miyoung Ha Nancy Segal Noelle Lew Priya Sengupta Rajani Thomas Rebecca Risby-Jones Sara Kahafi Vandy (Vandana) Agarwal
“Since our children joined the school almost four years ago, we have seen first-hand how UWCSEA values are woven into the very fibre of the College. We see the students actively champion causes and, as parents, we are delighted to get involved and help where we can - through gifts to expand the Scholarship Programme, in supporting sustainability initiatives, or volunteering time. Recently we hosted a 1971 Society Appreciation event in our home. It’s inspiring to see how the whole UWCSEA community is imbued with the culture of giving.” CAROLINE MCLAUGHLIN, 1971 Society
Gifts in Kind Through the significant contributions of individuals, businesses and corporations, the Foundation has been able to provide even greater support to the College in achieving its vision of becoming a leader in international education. Annanya Agarwal ’10 and Agarwal Family Fredrik Fosse ’03 Sean Ghazi ’87
Lateral Plains Iain and Caroline McLaughlin Kirtida and Bharat Mekani
Nang Lang Kham ’07 Nang Kham Noung ’09 Nang Mo Hom ’14
Charlotte Peters RadioQuip Communications The Sassoon Family Foundation
Mayank Singhal ’92 Prab Thakral ’95 Deborah Widjaja ’02
â€œOur mission transcends bricks, books and baccalaureates, and the generosity of our donors helps take us from being a very good school to a great UWC. There is a world of difference, and we are deeply grateful for the kindness and engagement of our community.â€? CHRIS EDWARDS
Gifts to the College, through the UWCSEA Foundation, enrich the unique UWC learning experience and bring the College closer to achieving its mission.