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Welcome from Chris Edwards, Head of College

'Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognised to be right, despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner skepticism, despite boredom and despite mockery from the world.' Kurt Hahn, Founder of the UWC movement

A true measure of a school is not what its students are doing when they are 18: it is what have they have done when they are 80. 

So welcome to the passionate, engaging and effervescent United World College of South East Asia. Please do stop reading if you’re looking for a one-dimensional exam factory, a by-the-numbers international school or a quiet escape from the world.

There is no flag over our door. We are an unsectarian community of ninety nationalities, crackling and fizzing with life, and with no time for the narrow education offered by those living in fear of pie-charts, graphs and tables. “A single candle can light a thousand others without diminishing its own lustre,” said the Buddha. We agree. 

Hence there is no question of compromise in any one area. Take academics for instance. The highest ranking universities in the world receive our students. Around 158 students score above 40 points in the IB Diploma each year. Hurrah. But for other students, a lower score and a new, exciting home other than Harvard or Oxford is an equal or even greater achievement. We do not hide that fact: we celebrate it. So hurrah again, only louder.

All socio-economic backgrounds are here, indistinguishable: boarding scholars from around the world, often from the most modest family circumstances, mingle with students based here in Singapore. We learn, reflect and grow on two campuses under the aegis of an unambiguous mission that delivers a values driven education. Five elements – academics, activities, outdoor education, personal and social education and service – are fused so that students are equipped with the skills, ambition and compassion to impact ethically and significantly in a global context.

We believe our students need the education we provide, but more than that, we believe the world needs our students. Do come and visit us. We’re a busy, happy,  unique community, and you’ll be made very welcome.


Chris Edwards
Head of College

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