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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

Shirla Sum Nga Wan

Shirla Sum is Vice Principal (Education) with oversight of education programming. Shirla joined UWC Changshu China in 2017 as Head of Department for Individuals & Societies and Economics Teacher. During her 3 years at UWC Changshu China, Shirla led curriculum development and evaluation in the Foundation Program as Deputy Dean of Studies (Foundation Program). As Dean of Curriculum, she led efforts in advancing a research-based approach to curriculum design, integration of education technology and the development of an in-house professional learning program for faculty members. 

Shirla was also a core member of the Yushan Academy Center for Design and Innovation (YSACDI) founding team, driving its conception to creation in September 2018. Under Shirla’s leadership as Director of YSACDI, the center has played an active role in promoting design education in the local community.

Shirla is an IB examiner and taught Economics, Business Management, and Individuals & Societies in international schools in Hong Kong and the mainland of China. Prior to her career in education, Shirla spent five years as an economist at Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong conducting macroeconomics research, covering the US and Asia-Pacific economies.

Shirla is a graduate of Pearson College UWC in Canada, and has a double major in Economics and Philosophy from Wellesley College in the United States of America. She completed her Post Graduate Degree in Education (Economics) and Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies at the University of Hong Kong and is an ISTE Certified Educator.


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