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UWCSEA is a united, welcoming community, spread across two campuses that embrace students and their families.
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Our Guiding Statements help to ensure that our students are equipped to enact the mission throughout their lives. 
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A UWCSEA education is values-based and holistic, developing young people who will build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Learn more.

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K–12 Concept-Based Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and understanding through five elements of our learning programme. Learn more.

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The passion and energy of our diverse community of students is what makes our campuses come to life. Learn more.

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Our scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring unique perspectives and experience to our community. Learn more.

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A welcome from our Director of Admissions and introduction to our process. Learn more.

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Apply now for August 2021

Find our more about our annual admissions cycle. We are currently accepting applications for K1–Grade 11. Learn more.

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Our Big Ideas

As a learning community, we engage with the world of ideas to connect concepts and put ideas into action. Learn more.

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Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series: Reimagining Learning

Join us as we engage pioneers and thinkers in education at our second event Digital Learning and Disruption on Wednesday, 9 December. 
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The UWCSEA culture of giving and service is central to our identity as a mission-aligned community. Learn more.

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Impact of Giving

The generosity of our community has had a significant impact on individuals and groups in Singapore, the region and globally. Learn more.

Meet the College President

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Carma Elliott CMG OBE
College President

 

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About the President

Born in
Scotland

Studied in
University of Leeds; University of Leipzig; Fudan University, Shanghai 

Languages
English, Chinese, Dutch, German, French, Spanish

Work history
College President, UWC South East Asia, Singapore (current); Director China, British Council, China; Executive Director, Half the Sky Foundation, China; Consul-General, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, China, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Saudi Arabia

Family
Single with two adopted daughters

Favourite quote
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." –His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

A career British diplomat for 23 years until 2010, Carma worked in a wide variety of roles and across continents, including bilateral politics, trade and investment, immigration and protocol. Her diplomatic career spanned the UK, Europe, China and Saudi Arabia, where she was the first female Director of Trade and Investment. Her final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and finally Shanghai (China).

Carma has spent much of her adult life in China; 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of Carma first going to China, as a student at Fudan University in Shanghai. After leaving the Foreign Office, Carma became Executive Director at China’s single largest international NGO, Half the Sky Foundation (2010–2013), focused on enriching the lives of China’s orphaned children. Her work at Half the Sky Foundation supported a unique partnership with the Chinese government, for the development of a training programme for local child welfare workers and towards building a sustainable future for the NGO.

In 2013, Carma joined the British Council as Director China, and was concurrently appointed Minister for Culture and Education in the British Embassy Beijing, becoming a member of the Ambassador’s senior leadership team. Throughout her professional life, Carma has affected meaningful change in the government, international education and development sectors in several countries, most recently completing a complex business transformation at the British Council in China. Carma has been honoured twice by Her Majesty The Queen, for her service to the UK abroad; she was was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to UK relations with China (2003) and a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) for the success of the UK pavilion at Shanghai Expo (2010).

Originally from Scotland, Carma is proud to call herself a global citizen. She grew up living in multiple countries as her family moved around with her father’s job, and so identifies as a ‘third culture kid’ with formative life experiences that will be familiar to many in our community. Through her professional life, she has developed a deep knowledge of the cultural nuances required to successfully navigate and create intercultural understanding and an appreciation of the importance of respecting diverse perspectives when working towards peace between people.

On joining UWCSEA, Carma said, “I am delighted and humbled to be joining the UWCSEA community as the College’s first President. I have had the privilege to live and work outside the UK for most of my life: I am internationalist by conviction, and with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and service, I look forward to joining a movement which inspires and is inspired by its students and alumni—to take action and to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally.”

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