UWC was founded in 1962 with UWC Atlantic College in South Wales opening that same year. The aim was to bring together young people from areas of post-war conflict to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. UWC firmly believes that through education comes the greatest hope for young people to realise their full potential. In the turbulent world of the 21st century, UWC’s aims and objectives are as relevant today as they were in 1962 – perhaps even more so. We need future leaders who know and understand one another and who are inspired to make a difference.
There are 18 UWC schools and colleges around the world. We are represented in around 155 countries through our national committees. More than 60,000 students from over 180 countries have studied at UWC schools and colleges as well as taken UWC short course programmes. The majority of UWC alumni continue their education in top colleges and universities with scholarships. UWC offers a transformative and challenging educational experience. Students have an opportunity to discover who they are through an education that isn’t only about academic achievement. We also focus on community engagement, international affairs, physical activities, service to others and creative pursuits.