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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

The Board
UWC Changshu China is a non-governmental, independent and not-for-profit school. Ultimate authority for decision-making for the school lies with the School Board.
  • Mark Wang Chairman of the Board
    China

    Mark is the founder and Chair of UWC Changshu China. He is the member of UWC International Council and Chair of UWC China National Committee.

    Mark was injured in an air crash when he was twelve. During the five years of rehabilitation he learned the school courses by himself and through sheer determination kept up with his peers. In 1998, through competitive selection, he got the scholarship set up by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and became the first student from the mainland of China to study at Red Cross Nordic UWC (RCNUWC).  In Norway, he is known as a hero for his courage and dauntless struggle with his disability. He won two gold medals at the 36th Disabled Ski Championship (1999) held in Norway. During his time at UWC, Mark wrote and published his autobiography, which became a best seller in China. Later his autobiography was adapted into a TV series, and a musical which inspired many people.  A chapter of his autobiography has been adapted for Chinese text book used by all public secondary schools in Shanghai.

    After his graduation from RCNUWC in 2000, he started to pursue his dream of opening a UWC in the mainland of China. In 2008, he became a member of UWC International Council. In 2010, together with other alumni of UWC in China, Mark founded UWC National Committee of China was founded and he became the Chairman of the Committee. In 2015, UWC Changshu China after 15 years of relentless efforts.

    In 2018, Mark was elected as a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.

    Mark also founded a number of enterprises in the Nordic region and China.

    Mark graduated from RCNUWC in 2000 and later received master’s degree in Economics from Oslo University of Norway.

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  • Wang Yi Vice Chairman of the Board
    China

    Yi currently works for Harvard University as the Executive Director of the Harvard Center Shanghai, where he oversees Harvard University’s programs in China. From 2011 to 2014, Yi was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs based in Beijing Gaohua Securities, where he led the China onshore asset management business. From 1995 to 2011, he worked at McKinsey & Company’s Toronto, New York, and Shanghai offices, and was the Partner in charge of the banking and securities practice in mainland China. Yi is passionate about education and has supported the development of UWC on a voluntary basis over many years. 

    He has also established a college scholarship programme for Huaguang Girl’s High School in Nanning, a school dedicated to educating underprivileged minority girls in Guangxi. 

    Yi graduated from UWC Pearson College in Canada in 1991 and Harvard University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astrophysics.

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  • Simon Head Principal
    U.K. /Australia

    Simon Head has nearly 30 years of experience in teaching at and leading international and IB World Schools in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and China. His focus has been on developing indigenous leadership, sustainable education, and more recently, leading innovation in learning for a better world.  

    The UWC mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future resonates deeply with Simon’s ambition to ensure education supports learners to flourish and empowers them to co-create a future built on the wellbeing of individuals, society, and the planet.

    From 2014 to 2020 Simon was the head of one of the IB flagship schools of Europe – the International School of Düsseldorf in Germany – where his mandate was to develop and implement a compelling vision to position the school as a global leader in innovation in learning. 

    In 2020 he was invited to China to develop an IB Innovation Academy that fuses high academic performance with creative, project-based learning and prepares learners to become positive changemakers. 

    In 2019, Simon was elected to the IB World Heads Council to represent IB schools and advise the IB Director General.  He has served on the boards of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and the Middle East IB Association (MEIBA) and he chairs visiting teams for New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation. 

    His previous leadership roles include Head of School at an Aga Khan Academy in Kenya, Director of Al Sahwa Schools, a bilingual, Islamic school in Oman, and secondary Principal of the Oporto British School in Portugal. He has taught science, physics, and psychology in schools in the UK, Europe and Australia.  Simon is joined in China by his wife Diane, who is an artist, and his two children. He was born in the UK and grew up in Australia.


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  • Wesley Chiu Board Director
    Hong Kong, China

    Wesley is a board member of UWC Changshu China,a member of the UWC National Committee of China(as Selection Coordinator) and a financial sponsor of "UWC Go Make A Difference" programme. He is a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

    Previously he worked at SCA (a global leading tissue company) as General Counsel Asia Pacific, also responsible for sustainability projects in the region. He was also a board director of Vinda (HKSE 3331), one of the leading tissue companies in China and an external postgraduate programme faculty at the Law School of Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy.  

    Wesley is enthusiastic about education. Apart from serving at UWC, he is a founding management team member of Project VolunOnline, an NGO pioneering the application of using video conferencing technology for 200+ volunteers in cities to provide real-time interactive classes to children in more than 40 remote villages in China on a daily basis.   

    He graduated from LPC UWC in 1995. He then received scholarship from University College London and furthered his study at Hong Kong University. He is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and England.

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Educational Leadership Team
  • Li Ping Vice Principal of Chinese Programme, Director of YSACP
    Hong Kong, China
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  • Jared Hall Vice Principal (Academics)
    USA
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  • Simon Hua Ma Vice Principal (Student Life)
    China
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  • Tim Smith Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations
    United States
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  • Elisha Anderson Director of University Counselling
    United States
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  • Gergely Lovasz Dean of Experiential Learning
    Slovakia
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  • Kokming Lee Head of Office of Education Administration and Support
    Malaysia
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  • Christopher Hodachok Head of Academics (DP)
    United States
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  • Ciara Johnson Head of Academics (FP)
    United States
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  • Michael Martell Head of Curriculum Design and Innovation, Coordinator of Accreditation
    United States
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  • Nian Liu Head of Residential Life, Head of House, Chemistry Teacher
    China
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  • Polycarp Wekesa Head of Respectful Community, Head of House, Geography Teacher
    Kenya
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  • Richard Faulding Head of Social and Emotional Counselling
    UK
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  • Mariya Georgieva Head of Outdoor Education and Youth Leadership
    Bulgaria
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  • Tingting Feng Head of CAS, Chinese Teacher
    China
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  • Travis Lawrence Head of Education Technology
    United States
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