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"I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure 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, founder

UWC was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the cold war era. By offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding it was intended that the students would act as champions of peace.

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UWC students are defined by their ambition and ability  to create a more peaceful and  sustainable future. They  are united in a commitment to positive social action to build   a more equitable and fairer world.

UWC challenges people to learn about themselves  and others through embracing diversity and difference. Many see their time  in our classrooms and on our campuses as the  beginning of their UWC journey: a transformational time in which they find ways to achieve a more  peaceful and sustainable future – a commitment  that will continue throughout their adult lives.