UWC’s Mission and Vision was adopted
by the International Board at the 14th International Council meeting in Singapore, October, 2005. UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
UWC believes 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
What UWC can do:
- We have strong foundations in our Colleges, our worldwide National Committee selection and representation system, a large and committed graduate population, and an increasingly effective structure that will enable us to move forward. We now want to build on these strengths and be ambitious to have greater impact.
- We want to take UWC to areas in which we have not been well represented – particularly the Middle East, Latin America, central and eastern Europe and Africa – and to explore various models of education and training
- We want to take UWC to more people worldwide – through a wide range of initiatives including shorter UWC courses, College outreach programmes, National Committee and graduate initiatives, and partnerships
- We want UWC to play a more leading, innovative and dynamic role in education
Our five Vision objectives, 2005-2012
In order to ensure we are able to develop UWC’s impact, we have developed five Vision objectives to be achieved by UWC’s fiftieth anniversary in 2012.
- UWC education. We will ensure that UWC is recognised as a leader in the field of international and multicultural education, making a significant impact on the way the world educates its young people for peace and a sustainable future.
- New Colleges. We will establish a new United World College in the Middle East. In the current political environment, this will signal our commitment to educating for peace and bring our approach to young people in a region where UWC’s presence is most needed. We will also continue to pursue actively all opportunities that arise for new Colleges.
- UWC outreach. We will establish new short-term programmes, particularly in post-conflict areas and in areas where UWC impact is currently low, such as Latin America and Africa. We will continue to support and develop existing outreach programmes, including those operated by our Colleges and National Committees.
- UWC leadership. We will develop our organisational leadership so that we achieve greater impact worldwide. We will focus on ways to make better use of our Presidents, Patrons and supporters; and we will have an effective, diverse, skills-based International Board and management structure that will work to create a global profile for UWC.
- UWC worldwide. We will expand, strengthen and enhance our presence and leadership globally through our National Committee system, bringing UWC to young people worldwide regardless of whether they have the opportunity to attend one of our Colleges. We will ensure that we have worldwide representation that promotes UWC effectively within all regions, as well as maintaining a high standard of selection of students.