1973
Changshu & UWC
Changshu is located in the Yangtze Delta and blessed by a mild climate. The yearly abundance of its harvests is what gave Changshu City its name -‘Changshu’ ( 常熟) a reference to the perennial ripeness of its produce. this 3,000-years-old city has been recognized nationally for its rich cultural heritage. It also boasts a picturesque landscape and UWC Changshu China is fortunate to be located on the banks of the largest lake, Kuncheng Lake. It is also easily accessible by highspeed train and car from Shanghai.
The history of the UWC movement in the mainland of China dates back to 1973, when Premier Zhou Enlai nominated 15 students to attend UWC Atlantic College. These were the first group of Chinese students who went abroad to study in the West after the founding of the People's Republic of China. During the following years, a steady stream of Chinese students were selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, and a number of affiliated schools and organizations to follow in the footsteps of these pioneers to represent China at UWC colleges.
Changshu & UWC
Changshu is located in the Yangtze Delta and blessed by a mild climate. The yearly abundance of its harvests is what gave Changshu City its name -‘Changshu’ ( 常熟) a reference to the perennial ripeness of its produce. this 3,000-years-old city has been recognized nationally for its rich cultural heritage. It also boasts a picturesque landscape and UWC Changshu China is fortunate to be located on the banks of the largest lake, Kuncheng Lake. It is also easily accessible by highspeed train and car from Shanghai.
The history of the UWC movement in the mainland of China dates back to 1973, when Premier Zhou Enlai nominated 15 students to attend UWC Atlantic College. These were the first group of Chinese students who went abroad to study in the West after the founding of the People's Republic of China. During the following years, a steady stream of Chinese students were selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, and a number of affiliated schools and organizations to follow in the footsteps of these pioneers to represent China at UWC colleges.
1973
First group of students who went abroad to study in the West after the founding of the People's Republic of China.
First group of Chinese students at AC

The history of the UWC movement in the mainland of China dates back to 1973, when Premier Zhou Enlai nominated 15 students to attend UWC Atlantic College. These were the first group of Chinese students who went abroad to study in the West after the founding of the People's Republic of China. During the following years, a steady stream of Chinese students were selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, and a number of affiliated schools and organizations to follow in the footsteps of these pioneers to represent China at UWC colleges.

1992
Opening of UWC LPC at HK SAR
1992, Prince Charles at UWCLPC opening

Prince Charles (then President of the UWC movement) officially opened Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong.

2000
Start of a 15 year journey
Mark Wang at UWCRCN

Upon graduation from Red Cross Nordic UWC (RCNUWC), Jiapeng Mark Wang’s dream of establishing a UWC in China gained support from the founders of RCNUWC – Tom Gresvig and Magne Bjegne.

2003
First attempt

With the support from RCNUWC and Sabina Brady, the first draft of the feasibility report and the application letter to the UWC International Board were submitted.

2004
Special task force visits China

A special task force led by Board Vice Chair Derek Blackman (former Director General of the International Bacclaureate) and comissionsed by the UWC International Board visited China for the first time for a UWC China evaluation. 

2009
Second task force commissioned

The UWC International Board sent its second task force to China led by Colin Habgood to review the possibility of establishing a UWC in Beijing and later in Changshu and Suzhou. 

2010
Establishment of UWC National Committee of China.

The UWC National Committee of the mainland of China was established and took over the role of selecting students to attend UWC Schools and Colleges. Jiapeng Mark Wang (UWCRCN 98 - 00) became chair of the committee.

UWC 50th anniversary and signing of Letter of Intent of UWC Changshu China Project

Party Secretary Hui Jianlin, Mayor Wang Yang, other leaders of Changshu Government, some UWC alumni in China and founding members of UWC National Committee of China took part in the UWC 50th anniversary and signing ceremony of Letter of Intent of the UWC Changshu China Project. 

2013
22nd April, signing of UWC Changshu China Project Cooperation Agreement
group photo of all ceremony attendees

The Agreement officially kicked off the Project.

2014
29th March, ground breaking ceremony

The construction of UWCCSC started.

24th November, Final Approval

24th November, Final Approval from the UWC International Board to UWC Changshu China to admit students from 2015.

2015
8th May, World IB School Status

8th May, IB world school status awarded by International Baccalaureate Organization 

September, construction completed

September, phase one construction of UWC Changshu China complete

30th September, founding year students arrival day

The founding year cohort consists of 127 students from 54 countries and regions.

7th November, Grand Opening

HM Queen Noor of Jordan and over 500 guests from across China and the world celebrated the Grand Opening of United World College Changshu China.