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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

Pelham Lindfield Roberts

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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