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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

  • Ozlem Kucukoruc Head of Department, English

    Ozlem Kucukoruc was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where her family still reside. After completing her university education in literature, she focused her studies on innovation management, linguistics, and creative writing. She has worked with gifted and talented teenagers, held leadership roles, and taught IB language, literature, and TOK courses at international schools since 2006.

    A certified teacher trainer, Ozlem organized and conducted training programs on skills development and creativity for several schools and educators. Her areas of interest also include extracurricular activities that help increase young people’s wellbeing and empowerment. As an educator, she believes that schools have the responsibility to teach critical thinking skills to students in all disciplines and encourage them to develop the awareness and practice to apply these skills on to their lives outside the classroom as well. 

    Having been an avid reader all her life, she is also an aspiring writer.

    In the past she’s met or taught several students who became UWC alumni all around the world, and she herself has been a proud member of UWC CSC since 2020.

  • Jack Zhen Peng Head of Department, Chinese
    Chinese Teacher

    Jacky Zhen Peng graduated with a Master’s degree of Arts from East China Normal University. During 2006-2016, Jacky Peng taught different courses in Shanghai High School International Division and Wuxi No.1 High School International Division, including IBDP Chinese A Literature, Chinese A Language & Literature. He is highly experienced in teaching IBDP Chinese and high school Chinese. Jacky Peng attended several IBO workshops for Chinese subject teachers. He has also been accredited as an IB examiner in the subject of Chinese A Literature.

  • Dennis Oduor Head of Department, Math

    Dennis has been teaching Mathematics at international schools for 16 years in Kenya, Nigeria, Myanmar and Indonesia. His experience encompasses teaching various international curriculums such as IBDP, Advanced Placement, IGCSE and A-Level.

    Dennis is very passionate about meaningful mathematics that enables transfer and application of concepts to real life situations. He is an examiner of Cambridge Additional Mathematics and certified with college board as AP Statistics teacher. He is certified in using (UBD) understanding by design approach of teaching Math that emphasizes scaffolding and back ward lesson design.

    Dennis graduated from Moi University in Eldoret Kenya with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Mathematics and Geography.  He was born in Kenya and is joined in China by his two daughters one of whom is joining DP1 at UWC CSC. He enjoys playing football during his free time and is a trained youth soccer coach.

  • Nadine Espiegle Head of Department, Foreign Languages & Self-Taught
    French Teacher

    Nadine has experience teaching in international schools in Mauritius and Egypt. She has 21 years of experience teaching in the IB, and more specifically in French Language A Literature, French language A Language and Literature, French Language B and TOK classes. She also has experience as a Dean of Students for the IBDP programme and as a Head of Department. Nadine is presently a School Visitor for IB accreditation, Workshop Leader for French Language A and Language B, and an IB Examiner for French Language B. She has two grown up children who have been through the IB so she also knows the IB from a parent's point of view as well. Nadine studied French literary studies in the University of Reunion Island and did a postgraduate teaching certificate in Mauritius Institute of Education. She believes that IB and UWC really are striving to build a better world together. Her wish is to see the French language and culture vibrant and thriving on the UWC Changshu China campus.

  • Feiran Zhang Head of Department, Individual&Societies

    Feiran is an experienced economics teacher and IB examiner. He joined UWC Changshu China in 2019. Since then, he has taught FP and DP Economics, along with FP Peace and Sustainable Future and Critical Thinking. Prior to joining CSC, he served as an instructor and taught Intermediate Macroeconomics at Columbia University. Feiran received his Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy in Economics from Columbia University, with a research focus on trade and inequality.

    Feiran is dedicated to bring quality education to students from diverse backgrounds and with different needs and aptitudes. He is committed to an inquiry-based and concept-based approach and explores ways of using research to inform teaching and learning practices. Outside of work, Feiran enjoys the company of his family, friends, and two cats.

  • Kelvin Rodney Ofosu Head of Department,Science

    Kelvin has been working as an educator for nearly 20 years. Kelvin comes to UWC Changshu as a High school physics teacher and Head of Science. Kelvin graduated with a BSc Honors in Physics and computing and PGCE in teaching at Roehampton University in London. With a wealth of experience teaching GCSE, BTEC, A- Level, iGCSE and being an IB educator for over 12 years Kelvin also has a diverse background in teaching. Kelvin served as a teaching mentor, the gifted and talented coordinator, and Head of Science whilst starting his career in the UK, where he and his family then moved to Africa where he taught in Ghana and Egypt. Before arriving at UWC Changshu Kelvin worked in Qatar as Head of Science, Head of Year and High school science coach.

    Kelvin is known for his dynamic teaching style and ability to connect with students on a personal level. His classes are challenging, but also engaging and fun. Kelvin also loves to incorporate technology into his lessons and is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to engage his students. He is known for his patience and his ability to inspire students to achieve their academic and personal goals.

    Kelvin, along with his wife, and kids are extremely excited by this new adventure and experience in China and look forward to being a part of the UWC family and vision.

  • Max Pfingsten Head of Department, TOK
    Secretary to the College Council

    Since joining UWC CSC in 2016, Harrison Max Pfingsten has served in an increasing number of roles at the school; from philosophy teacher to Learner Engagement Coordinator to Secretary General of the College Council, before becoming Head of Theory of Knowledge in 2021. He is an IB Examiner for both Philosophy and ToK.  He holds a B.A. in Classics from Depauw University, an M.A. in Classics from University of Colorado, and an M.Ed. from Jones International University.

    Before coming to UWC CSC, Max worked for a variety of innovative educational enterprises. He was Student Inquiry Project Manager at his alma mater, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.  He was a founding instructor and curriculum designer at, where he designed, wrote, and directed an online course on Western Civilization, creating about 130 animated educational videos that have been viewed by millions of students in countries around the world, and eventually rising to Dean of Humanities. He also designed and delivered the Ancient World course for Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth.

    From these experiences, Max has developed a passion for innovation in education, with a particular focus on nurturing intrinsic motivation through experiential learning, multimedia teaching, and educational games and simulations.

  • Pranjal Rai Head of Department, Design Technology
    Design Technology teacher

    Before joining UWC Changshu China in 2019, Pranjal was employed in Dubai, UAE for 5 years. Pranjal has pursued several freelance projects in the education sector, toy and game design, education consultancy, and workshop design before moving to a full-time teaching role in 2011. In his 9 years of international teaching experience, Pranjal has developed his association with the IBO working as DT Examiner & Team leader, My IB DT community moderator and a part of the Curriculum review team.

    Pranjal won the Innoventures Education Sustainability award for two consecutive years 2018 & 19. Student team led by him won first prize in DEWA conservation award (Dubai) twice in a row 2018 & 19.

    Pranjal received bachelor’s degrees in Education (B.Ed.) and Mechanical Engineering (B.E). and completed his master’s degree in Industrial Design from National Institute of Design in India. His love for toy and game design led him to Burg Giebichenstein School of Art and Design, Halle (Salle), Germany for a certificate course in 2010.

    Pranjal is passionate about exploration and innovation and fostering creativity and innovation in young minds. Pranjal is a strong advocate of environmental protection and is actively found to be engaged in projects related to Sustainability, Design Thinking, Critical thinking, Waste mitigation, and Climate change action.

    He loves to play drums, badminton, table tennis and swim. He loves photography, traveling and exploring nature.  

  • John Bligh Conway Head of Department, Arts

    Originally from the USA, Bligh Conway has worked as an educator for more than 20 years. He has taught both in the Advanced Placement program and in the IB. 

    Bligh received his Master's Degree in Russian Military History from the University of Tennessee, where he wrote his Master's Thesis on Soviet Poster and Film Propaganda during the Second World War. For most of his career, Bligh worked at the Anglo-American School of St. Petersburg, where he taught History, Philosophy, and Film Studies. A good deal of his leadership experience was in helping to build the Anglo-American High School Program from the ground up and also in assisting the St. Petersburg ex-patriot community weather a turbulent school year when Anglo-American was shut down along with its sponsors, the British and American Consulates. Bligh moved with his students and High School colleagues to the UK and then to Moscow before helping oversee the opening of a replacement school for Anglo-American. He has taught at UWC Changshu for two years, both as a Philosophy Teacher and as a Film Teacher. He is joined in Changshu by his wife, Marina. They have a son who is a project manager at Google in the USA.


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