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Leadership Team
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

Ciara Johnson

As an educator since 2002, she brings her experience from the USA, Turkey, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia to the UWC in China.

Ciara was previously Girls' Secondary Principal and Interim Director at International Programs School, Saudi Arabia, where she developed academics, student life, and staff, led a successful MSA reaccreditation in 2018-19 as Steering Committee Chair, and facilitated the school's move to a new campus facility in fall of 2019. 

Ciara has launched and supervised IB Diploma Programs in Saudi, Turkish, and Vietnamese schools, guiding initial student cohorts through program completion and ensuring achievement of rigorous graduation requirements. She served as IBDP Coordinator from 2018-2019 at International Programs School. She is an IB examiner and has taught English Literature, English Language and Literature, and ToK.

Ciara holds her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education: English from Eastern Washington University, USA. She completed her Master of Science in Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University, USA, and a Master of Arts in Education: International Education Administration from Endicott College, USA. She has served Endicott College as a GOLD Alumni Council Member from 2017-2021, supporting the college's international education programs, recruiting, and alumni outreach. 

Ciara previously worked as a professional ski instructor (PSIA-AASI) from 2005-2009 and was recognized as the Rookie Instructor of the Year for the 2005-06 season at Ski Bowl, Mount Hood.

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