Being a UWCSEA student is only the beginning. Whether you graduate from the College or leave after attending earlier years, you are automatically a member of the UWCSEA alumni community.
Our alumni are located around the world, following a myriad of paths. A common theme with all our alumni—whether from the Class of 1972 or our most recent graduates—is the lasting effect that being at UWCSEA has had on their lives.
Our educational goal reaches much further than sending our alumni on their life journey with academic scores that enable them to follow a path into the further education of their choice—although the vast majority do achieve that. It is about ensuring they have the confidence to not only follow their own path, but to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Read some of their stories here:
Heron began working with the British Red Cross soon after completion of an undergraduate Sociology and Anthropology degree, followed by a Masters degree in International Relations, both from Durham University. She was seconded to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) twice—to draw attention to a cholera crisis in Zimbabwe, launch Kenyan and Ethiopian drought appeals, report on a micro-loans project in Djibouti and accompany Sir Bob Geldof to Ethiopia to document, 25 years on from the BandAid campaign of 1984, what had been accomplished.
Heron has always managed to include volunteer work into her busy schedule. While at university, she volunteered at Durham Prison, and while in London at a homeless drop-in centre and at a kitchen making meals for delivery to people living with AIDS. When living in Singapore between 2011 and 2014, Heron came back to UWCSEA to speak to students on a regular basis and was the guest speaker at 2013’s graduation ceremony.
Heron currently works for Habitat for Humanity as the Director of Communications for Asia-Pacific, supporting 18 regional groups in their communications activities and striving to raise the profile of the non-profit housing organisation.
We welcomed Heron back to UWCSEA as the guest speaker at the graduation of the Class of 2013 on Saturday, 25 May. In the video below of that ceremony (from 59s), Heron speaks of how UWCSEA graduates gain more than a great academic education — they also develop global citizenship, morality and self motivation.
Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide ’87 completed his second trip to the International Space Station in 2012 as an astronaut from JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency). This time, it was a stay of more than four months during which he carried out three space walks, becoming the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
Before returning to Earth on his most recent ISS mission, Aki gave a tour of the International Space Station (ISS) to a group of 250 students and staff, and answered students’ questions via videolink hosted by NASA. During this hook up, he discussed how his time at UWCSEA had influenced him and his career, noting (as he showed the audience a view of the earth from space through the ISS windows) that, "I see the world. I do not see borders” and this view of the world is a reflection of his time at UWCSEA.
He also recorded the message below for his Class of 1987 reunion.
Michael Ogutu '08 came to UWCSEA in 2006 as a UWC National Committee Scholar from Kenya and went on to study Chemistry and Economics at Middlebury College in the US on a UWC-Davis Scholarship. Receiving a scholarship to UWCSEA was a life changing experience that has since inspired him to help others receive the gift on an education.
In 2008, while attending Middlebury College in Vermont, USA on a Shelby-Davis scholarship, Mike worked two jobs so that he could sponsor two students to attend the school in rural Kenya where he grew up—a place where his parents had struggled to pay the fees. Now a Senior Associate at a global financial services firm in in Toronto, Canada, Mike has founded his own NGO, the Ungana Scholars Project, so he can support even more Kenyan students. By 2015, Ungana had sponsored 53 students, with nine students going on to gain entry to public universities in Kenya.
Mike reflects on how his time at UWCSEA contributed to his commitment to be an agent of change, “I work hard every day that I may create opportunities to enable those in similar shoes as I was a few years ago exploit their potential. UWCSEA also developed my innate desire to give back, through service and Global Concerns. I am excited to continue making the change I want to see in this world.”
While he continues to gain more experience in the financial services industry, Mike's long term goal is to partner with potential investors aiming to launch businesses in Africa.
Read more about Michael's story here.
Anita Kapoor ’89 is a writer, TV personality and lifestyle consultant with over a decade of combined experience in niche lifestyle publishing and television. Born in Mumbai, India, she has lived in Singapore since 1978, and attended UWCSEA from 1983 to 1989. She is regularly seen as a presenter and emcee at high profile events throughout Asia. Anita believes "After all, we're all equals. We're born, we live and we die. That which seems to rule us and to separate us: money, experience, possessions, trophies, are but temporary distractions which, when employed to differentiate between us, only highlights the real fear within. We must stand up, stand up to, stand up for and make the difference." She supports campaigns for social issues such as The Body Shop Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People, the Lien Foundation's Lifebeforedeath.com campaign, and No to Rape; and is a strong voice and advocate for gender, elder, transient worker and race equality.
Robert Milton ’78 is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE), and Chairman of Air Canada, knew from an early age that his career would involve running an airline. After graduating from UWCSEA, Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech.
Robert is married to Lizanne ’83, and they continue to live the UWC values, giving back in many ways, including supporting Dreams Take Flight, which each year provides hundreds of physically, mentally and socially challenged children with a day to remember at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, accompanied by airline employee volunteers.
Passionate supporters of education, the Lizanne and Robert A. Milton Endowed Scholarship programme was established in 2010, endowing four needs-based scholarships in perpetuity at his alma maters, Georgia Tech and UWCSEA. The first UWCSEA scholar Huynh Ngoc Yen Chi (Chi) graduated with the Class of 2013. Chi, originally from Vietnam, traveled to the US to take up a scholarship to study at Georgia Tech—a scholarship that was also endowed by Robert Milton.
Tim Jarvis AM '84 is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker with Master’s degrees in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to environmental issues that he is passionate about, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, and unsustainable land use. He is involved with several multilateral aid projects as a sustainability adviser.
Tim was made a Fellow of the Yale World Fellows programme in 2009 for environmental and expedition leadership and a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to environment, community and exploration. In 2013 he was named the Australian Geographic Society’s Adventurer of the Year and in November 2014, Tim was announced WWF-Australia Global Ambassador.
A former Ambassador of international child welfare group PLAN’s Corporate Challenge Program and National Ambassador for the Leukaemia Foundation, Australia, Tim currently devotes his volunteer time to his roles as Global Ambassador for WWF, member of Fauna and Flora Internationational’s (FFI) Conservation Circle and patron of Nature Play, Australia. He works as environmental advisor to the engineering company, Arup.
Most recently TIm was instrumental in 25zero, an awareness and action campaign that coincided with the COP21 talks in Paris in November 2015. Tim’s core team climbed Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia and Mount Stanley in Uganda, while other teams climbedMount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Kenya, and Nevado Del Tolima in Colombia. The aim was to relay live fotage into the climate talks in Paris to emondtrate the devatating effects of climate change and to call for real action. Tim hosted a press conference during the talks - click here to watch the videos from the summits Carstensz Pyramid and Mount Stanley and to learn more about 25zero and Tim's extraordinary polar expeditions.
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