Forbes: United World College Dilijan

As of today, the UWC network includes 15 schools and colleges in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland and the U.S. The colleges in Germany and Armenia became full members of UWC in 2013 and welcomed their first students in 2014. In 2015, UWC Changshu China welcomed its first students. This year two new colleges are joining UWC movement. 15 schools around the world means 55,000 current alumni eager to help each other move into the border-less future. What a gift.

A global student body. Moving from macro to micro, UWC Dilijan is committed to a truly diverse student body. Armenia, for the first time in the post-Soviet space, has opened a school where students from all over the world come to receive a good education. It opened its doors in 2014 to 95 students from 49 countries. In 2015, the college expanded its geography by 14 countries and welcomed 92 students, making in total 187 students from 63 countries. In one minute, I heard two Spaniards singing a song in Spanish, and the next minute I was surrounded by a great group of Middle Easterners going back and forth in Arabic. It was like an international paradise.

Future-focused and culturally sensitive faculty: The visionary founders have clearly attracted an inspiring team of faculty members and administrators. The teachers come from 5 continents from 17 different countries. Paul Murray, head of languages, shared his vision of what it means to be a great school, and why he is excited about working here. ‘The school can’t be great just because it is one of the United World Colleges. We want to make it a place that every day you wake up, and can’t wait to get here and learn.’  Dr. Zuzana Roby, a professor of Economics shared the importance of a culturally sensitive approach to teaching. ‘I teach economics, and I don’t want to make the students that come from developing countries feel bad about their countries when talking about GDP.’ What would it look like if all of our world’s educators thought this way?

– Forbes Magazine,  May 18 2016

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