UWC appreciated support for their scholarship model, which differentiates UWC from other international schools, from The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and other world leaders as well as from the private sector.
November 14, 2013, Dubai, UAE: Newly established UWC National Committee in the UAE (UWC UAE), which is the regional affiliate of UWC International, a London-based organization that offers transformational education in its 14 schools and colleges around the world, appreciated the support they have been receiving from both the public and private sector in the region.
“I would like to point out and thank some of our supporters. First of all, I would like to mention that H.H. The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani donated EUR 3 million in June 2011. The funds are shared equally between the UWC International Office for general operating support and to UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands to develop a department for peace and conflict. I would also like to mention a recent grant of Dubai-based Aman Foundation to UWC Pakistan to support ten full scholarships for students of disadvantaged backgrounds over the next five years,” said Sunita Gomes, Chair, UWC UAE.
She further added, “We seek support of the private sector for our scholarship system. The widespread provision of scholarship support is fundamental to the UWC model, not the exception or a token gesture. Overall, 60% of our national committee selected students receive some scholarship funding and our schools also offer a scholarship/bursary programme for younger students. Our scholarship model is one of the key elements that continues to differentiate us from a growing number of international schools.”
Providing examples from around the world, Mrs. Gomes Chair, UWC UAE, stated that the Government of Norway makes an annual grant of approximately USD 4.5 million to Red Cross Nordic UWC in Norway via the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. The UWC movement also enjoys a long term partnership with US Philanthropists Shelby and Gale Davis who provide scholarships, endowed funding and designated gifts. An interesting example of the contributions of the private sector would be that in 2011 two anonymous Goldman Sachs partners donated EUR one million to support of UWC Maastricht or for Dutch students to study at other UWCs.
A volunteer based UWC UAE was set up in 2013 as an initiative to strengthen UWC presence in the region. UWC UAE will be also covering related activities in Qatar, KSA. Kuwait and Bahrain.
“We strongly believe that by funding scholarships through our national committee, a company would prove its commitment to bringing positive changes to the country it operates in or the whole GCC region. It is also a sign of a long-term commitment, which is much respected everywhere in the world, but especially in this region. There are many ways to supports us, and we are open to suggestions from various companies in order to jointly determine how we could align their CSR policies with our goals.” concluded Mrs. Gomes, Chair, UWC UAE.
For more information, please visit UWC UAE’s website at http://uae.uwc.org/
UWC is a unique organization that offers transformational education and has proven an unparalleled commitment to scholarship provision. It was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the cold war era, offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding so that the students would act as champions of peace.
Inspired by the pioneering German educationalist Kurt Hahn, the UWC movement has flourished since the 1960s under the successive presidencies of Lord Mountbatten, HRH the Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela and HM Queen Noor.
UWC has 14 schools and colleges educating students aged between 16 and 19:
• UWC Adriatic (Italy)
• UWC Atlantic College (UK)
• UWC Costa Rica
• Li Po Chun UWC (Hongkong)
• UWC Mahindra College (India)
• UWC Maastricht (Netherlands)
• UWC Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina)
• Pearson UWC (Canada)
• Red Cross Nordic UWC (Norway)
• UWC South East Asia (Singapore)
• Waterford Kamhlaba UWC (Swaziland)
• UWC USA
• UWC Dilijan (Armenia)
• UWC Robert Bosch (Germany)
Annually 7,500 students graduate from UWC schools and colleges with both the knowledge and the enthusiasm to go out into the world and make a positive impact. Almost 50,000 students have graduated from UWC since the first college, UWC Atlantic College, was founded in 1962.
UWC International is governed by the International Board and UWC Council. The executive arm of the International Board is the International Office (UWCIO) based in London. For more information, please visit: http://www.uwc.org/
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