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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


Simon Head


Dear friends,

Thank you for your interests in UWC Changshu China. I hope that your visit to our website will capture your imagination, give you an insight into this amazing place and stimulate your desire to become involved.

At UWC Changshu China, we are committed to a vision that challenges young people to reach beyond their perceived potential to become catalysts of change. We design our education programmes to empower them with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make a positive difference in the future world where uncertainty becomes a norm.

UWC has been committed to the mission “making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future” for 60 years. We provide the opportunity for highly motivated young people from diverse backgrounds to learn hard in and out of the classroom, to transcend the boundaries of race, ethnicity, class, gender and nationality, to develop a critical consciousness of the issues and causes of division in our world and through their UWC experience to achieve unprecedented global connections.

UWC Changshu China is intended to be challenging. The challenges are meaningful and the expectations high. Students, aged between 15 -19, accepted on the full time UWC programme, commit themselves to a demanding range of experiences, from intellectually challenging academic curriculums, to engaging with the complexities of the 21st Century, and to designing innovative solutions to problems. Their "age of idealism" and our highly selective admissions criteria enable us to challenge our students with freedom and accountability, allowing them to learn from their mistakes in a controlled environment. It is an immensely rewarding and fulfilling opportunity for young idealists, aware of the need for change and motivated to act through personal example and leadership.

Those who visit UWC Changshu China discover the friendly and dynamic atmosphere that makes it a significant place. UWC Changshu China offers a remarkable window out to the world for Chinese students and a window into China for our foreign students. An air of purposefulness, a determination to succeed, an opportunity to meet others who are different and the desire to enjoy life, characterise the college. This ethos allows us to discover the meaning of the words of the ideological founder of the UWC movement, Kurt Hahn, who said "There is more in you than you think"!

That is the message we wish to share with you when you visit UWC Changshu China.

Simon Head

Head of School

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