Welcome to the website of the United World Colleges movement in Malaysia!
UWC Malaysia is run by a group of UWC alumni, current Malaysian students and friends of the movement, all of whom are volunteers committed to fulfilling the UWC vision through action and personal example.
Our primary responsibility is to select empowered Malaysian youths to the 17 United World Colleges each year.
We work to improve and expand selection, fundraising and promotion, as well as to involve the graduate network as much as possible. From time to time we also organize reunions and gatherings for Malaysian UWC scholars and graduates. The UWC Malaysia National Committee solely relies on volunteer participation. Funding for the selection process, ceremonies and scholarships are entirely dependent on generous contributions from individuals and organizations alike. Your help – in whatever form – is vital in supporting the continued work of the Committee and for future students. Kindly contact us if you would like to find out more about opportunities to be involved.
The UWC Movement
“UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”
United World Colleges (UWC) is the only global educational movement that unites students, mostly aged 16-19 years, from all over the world – selected on merit, regardless of race, religion and politics – with the aim of fostering peace and international understanding.
The UWC movement is scarcely recent. It was founded in 1962 by the German educationalist Kurt Hahn, who also founded the Outward Bound School (OBS). In order to ease post-Cold War tensions, Hahn wanted to bring together young people from different nations, races and religions to learn from each other.
Thus the first UWC, Atlantic College opened in Wales in 1962 and was hailed by The Times as “the most exciting experiment in education since the Second World War.” Key figures of the UWC movement include HRH the Prince of Wales, current president Queen Noor of Jordan, and the late Lord Mountbatten and Nelson Mandela.
Today there are 17 United World Colleges, each unique but sharing a common mission and values. Each UWC is very much an enthusiastic, empowered family that is deeply committed to high academic standards, community service and a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities.
A UWC education prepares students to be engaged global citizens who are motivated to make a difference in the turbulent world of the twenty-first century.
*Information based on the official UWC website, www.uwc.org.