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The Board and Management Team
How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don’t know each other?

Lester B.Pearson

Early supporter of Pearson College, former Prime Minister of Canada, and Nobel Peace Laureate

The striking feature of the UWC is that they embrace the entire world. They are unique and they are conscious of their responsibilities.

Nelson Mandela

Late Honorary President of UWC, Former President of South Africa

We have realized our dream to create a dream school for you. Please go out and realize your dream and other’s dreams.

Wesley Chiu,

Member of UWC National Committee of China, board member of UWC Changshu China

The sense of idealism and a purposeful life really makes the UWC experience unique and its impact life-long.

Wang Yi

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of Board and Executive Director of Harvard Centre Shanghai. Pearson 89-91

UWC was one of the ten members of the international schools association that created the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva in 1963 … today, they are taken in over 4,000 schools worldwide and have become the gold standard for university entrance.

Sir John Daniel

Chair of UWC International Board and International Council 

I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion.

Kurt Hahn

German Educator, Founder of United World Colleges

The Board
UWC Changshu China is a non-governmental, independent and not-for-profit school. Ultimate authority for decision-making for the school lies with the School Board.
  • Mark Wang Chairman of the Board China

    Mark is the founder and Chair of UWC Changshu China. He is the member of UWC International Council and Chair of UWC China National Committee.

    Mark was injured in an air crash when he was twelve. During the five years of rehabilitation he learned the school courses by himself and through sheer determination kept up with his peers. In 1998, through competitive selection, he got the scholarship set up by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and became the first student from the mainland of China to study at Red Cross Nordic UWC (RCNUWC).  In Norway, he is known as a hero for his courage and dauntless struggle with his disability. He won two gold medals at the 36th Disabled Ski Championship (1999) held in Norway. During his time at UWC, Mark wrote and published his autobiography, which became a best seller in China. Later his autobiography was adapted into a TV series, and a musical which inspired many people.  A chapter of his autobiography has been adapted for Chinese text book used by all public secondary schools in Shanghai.

    After his graduation from RCNUWC in 2000, he started to pursue his dream of opening a UWC in the mainland of China. In 2008, he became a member of UWC International Council. In 2010, together with other alumni of UWC in China, Mark founded UWC National Committee of China was founded and he became the Chairman of the Committee. In 2015, UWC Changshu China after 15 years of relentless efforts.

    In 2018, Mark was elected as a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.

    Mark also founded a number of enterprises in the Nordic region and China.

    Mark graduated from RCNUWC in 2000 and later received master’s degree in Economics from Oslo University of Norway.

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  • Wang Yi Vice Chairman of the Board China

    Yi currently works for Harvard University as the Executive Director of the Harvard Center Shanghai, where he oversees Harvard University’s programs in China. From 2011 to 2014, Yi was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs based in Beijing Gaohua Securities, where he led the China onshore asset management business. From 1995 to 2011, he worked at McKinsey & Company’s Toronto, New York, and Shanghai offices, and was the Partner in charge of the banking and securities practice in mainland China. Yi is passionate about education and has supported the development of UWC on a voluntary basis over many years. 

    He has also established a college scholarship programme for Huaguang Girl’s High School in Nanning, a school dedicated to educating underprivileged minority girls in Guangxi. 

    Yi graduated from UWC Pearson College in Canada in 1991 and Harvard University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astrophysics.

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  • Pelham Lindfield Roberts Principal United Kingdom

    Pelham began his association with the UWC movement in 1995 when he joined UWC Atlantic College. There he taught History and Peace and Conflict Studies and ran the RNLI Lifeboat Service.  Before his appointment as Head of UWC Mahindra College in India in 2011 he had led schools in Africa, Europe and North America. At Mahindra College, he is known for his passion for bringing the UWC Mission to life within and beyond the IB, the classroom and the confines of the college campus.

    After leaving Atlantic College in 2004, Pelham held Headships at Salem International College in Germany (part of Schule Schloss Salem, the first school founded by Kurt Hahn) and at IB schools in the USA and South Africa. When his wife, Ulrike, worked at the Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa he volunteered there, undertaking academic research.

    He has a wide-range of professional experience prior to training as a teacher at Oxford University. He has a Masters in Education from Bristol University and worked on doctoral studies at Bath University where his focus has been on Leadership and creating the culture of a Learning Organization. Pelham and his wife, Ulrike have three sons, all of whom have passed through different UWC schools and colleges. Their entire family is grounded in UWC’s mission and values and Ulrike is also taking teaching and other responsibilities in the college.

    “It is our responsibility to envision the role that education has to play in our changing world, and to empower our students to not only be up to its many challenges but be forces for peace and sustainability in shaping a better future.”

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  • Wesley Chiu Board Director Hong Kong, China

    Wesley is a board member of UWC Changshu China,a member of the UWC National Committee of China(as Selection Coordinator) and a financial sponsor of "UWC Go Make A Difference" programme. He is a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

    Previously he worked at SCA (a global leading tissue company) as General Counsel Asia Pacific, also responsible for sustainability projects in the region. He was also a board director of Vinda (HKSE 3331), one of the leading tissue companies in China and an external postgraduate programme faculty at the Law School of Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy.  

    Wesley is enthusiastic about education. Apart from serving at UWC, he is a founding management team member of Project VolunOnline, an NGO pioneering the application of using video conferencing technology for 200+ volunteers in cities to provide real-time interactive classes to children in more than 40 remote villages in China on a daily basis.   

    He graduated from LPC UWC in 1995. He then received scholarship from University College London and furthered his study at Hong Kong University. He is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and England.

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Management
The Senior Leadership Team is made up of divisional heads from all branch of the school, which consists of: Academic, Co-Curricular, Residence, Chinese Programme, Operations, Admissions, University Counselling and IBDP Coordination:
  • Li Ping Vice Principal of Chinese Programme Hong Kong, China MORE
  • Kokming Lee Dean of Studies Malaysia MORE
  • Shirla Sum Nga Wan Dean of Curriculum & Director of Yushan Academy (Design & Innovation) Hong Kong, China MORE
  • Ma Hua Dean of Student Life China MORE
  • Tim Smith Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations USA MORE
  • Elisha Anderson Head of University Counselling USA MORE
  • Dr. Arunananda Mukherjee IB Diploma Coordinator India MORE

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