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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

Polycarp Wekesa

A passionate educator and teacher-leader, Polycarp has a career in the education management industry that spans over two decades, working in Kenya, Eswatini and the mainland of China. He has professional experience in teaching, development of curriculum, student life and academic leadership, having worked in public, private and international schools.

He has participated in International Baccalaureate Educator Network roles in different capacities: as an IB DP Geography workshop leader for the IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East region, an online workshop facilitator and a DP Geography Internal Assessment moderator. He was a member of the International Baccalaureate's (2012-2016) External Curriculum Development Committee for the current IB DP Geography curriculum for examinations in 2019-2025.

Prior to joining UWC Changshu, China, Polycarp was the Head of Residential Life and teacher of Geography at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA. His experience in global schools defying boundaries of race, creed and ethnic identity have instilled in him a deep sense of appreciation for the importance of teaching and learning in a community that is driven by purpose, embodies its mission, and celebrates deliberate diversity. He believes that a curriculum with an impactful mission, makes education a force for transformation.

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