The UWC National Committee in India
The United World Colleges (UWC) was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of political conflict of the cold war era, offering an educational experience that would transmit a spirit of mutual understanding to young people to help them overcome prejudice and antagonism through working and living together enabling them to act as champions of peace.
UWC India oversees the selection of candidates to all the UWC colleges across the world. All students are selected on merit regardless of race, creed, colour, background or ability to pay. Students also have the option of need based financial assistance via scholarships
UWC guiding principles are founded on seven educational principles inspired by Kurt Hahn. Though set within the context of Hahn original thought, it reflects experience gained from our 50 year history as well as current educational thinking. Underpinning these principles is the pursuit of peace and justice as the founding aim of UWC.
These are the seven basic principles from which the practice of education at UWC schools and colleges is derived:
1. That this education should take place within a diverse college community. The selection of students should ensure representation from regions and social groups that reflect the wide range of tensions among and between peoples.
2. That this education requires active promotion of intercultural understanding and the development of genuine concern for others founded on shared life experiences, and cooperative and collaborative living. This includes reflective dialogue on global issues and critical and courageous engagement in the pursuit of peace.
3. That physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are integral to the balanced development of the whole person. Unhealthy lifestyles limit human potential and hinder progress in all dimensions of development.
4. That community interaction is placed at the heart of college/school life. This requires the full and active participation of all members of the school or college.
5. That students are able to engage in continuing, positive action towards issues of sustainability, on both an institutional and individual level.
6. That opportunities for students to practice personal initiative, self discipline and responsibility, to manage risk and embrace challenge must be provided. Where appropriate, these opportunities are supported by a reassuring adult presence.
7. That recognition is given to the fact that each individual possesses unique talents and abilities. Programmes should exist in each college which enable all selected students to fulfill their potential.