Mission and values

UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future


UWC is a unique organisation. It is the only global educational NGO that brings students together from all over the world, selected from within their own countries, on merit and regardless of their ability to pay. These students come together at one of thirteen UWC schools and colleges  that aim to foster international understanding and peace.

Our belief is that to achieve peace and a sustainable future, the values it promotes are crucial
  • International and intercultural understanding
  • Celebration of difference
  • Personal responsibility and integrity
  • Mutual responsibility and respect
  • Compassion and service
  • Respect for the environment
  • A sense of idealism
  • Personal challenge
  • Action and personal example

There are 13 UWC colleges and schools across five continents all with distinctive characters but sharing the same mission, ethos and values.

These colleges and schools currently follow one of three models:

  • Colleges offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Schools offering the IB Diploma as well as pre-16 curricula
  • Simón Bolívar UWC of Agriculture which offers a tertiary level three-year agricultural education and training programme.

At most colleges, an average of 70 different nationalities are represented at any one time, and embracing the many nationalities present is an important feature of UWC life, helping students to explore and develop and international appreciation. Academic achievements are put into perspective with a demanding mix of community engagement, international affairs, physical activities and creative pursuits.

UWC colleges and schools