UWC is the only global education movement that brings together young people, regardless of their ability to pay, to become agents of change “for a peaceful and sustainable future”. Our ambition is to deliver and inspirational and life-changing educational experience to equip our intentionally diverse graduate body to grapple with the complexities of sustainability, peace and cultural empathy to become agents of change. Learn more about our Vision 2022 and make a transformational difference to the world.
As part of our 15th Anniversary celebrations in 2013, we undertook a series of surveys and groups discussions with our stakeholders in trying to determine the future vision of the College. Over 400 people were involved, including students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, donors and our Board of Directors. Vision 2022 is a document celebrating our community of extraordinary people and who we would like to be in the year 2022.
Our Vision is that in 2022...
UWC Mahindra College delivers an inspirational and life-changing educational experience that equips its intentionally diverse graduate body to grapple with the complexities of sustainability, peace and cultural empathy to become agents of change.
Diversity Through Access: Access for all people, nations and cultures
Students are selected for the contribution they will make to a community of committed and motivated learners who also represent an intentionally diverse range of individuals. Their selection is made based on their own merit and potential, without regard to their ability to pay.
- Build financial resources so that the College can offer places, without regard to parents’ ability to pay
- To select students who have the motivation and capacity to become agents of agents through access to education
- To utilize alumni and multi-stage/multi-location selection processes and events to select students from a greater geographical range
- Increase the visibility of the college to a wider audience in India
- Ensure that our selection process reaches remote regions and communities
- Strengthen the relationship with the UWC Committee of India and the International Office and work with them to have an appropriate scholarship and selection policy in place
Experiential Project-Based Education: Learning by Doing and as Part of a Diverse Team
Learning through doing, and as part of a diverse team is recognized as fundamental to the UWC learning and assessment process. The learning of students is centred on faculty and expert-guided but self-designed interdisciplinary projects that grapple with real world problems in its local context, while allowing students an opportunity to develop skills and competencies allowing them to become agents of change throughout their lives. A number of paths to graduation are established for students, allowing a variety of learning and assessment models, including the International Baccalaureate, a widely accepted UWC Project-Based Diploma and other accredited qualifications.
- The Academic Office works on curriculum design and delivery both with its own faculty and through collaborations with educational specialists and universities.
- Recognition that fundamental academic skills must be acquired by the student during their two years at the College.
- Individualized modular curriculum is established which allows students to take a wider variety of courses or to have a more narrow focus. Evaluation and assessment is personalized.
- Faculty recruitment and retention challenges are surmounted through a multi-pronged approach, including an internationally competitive salary and benefits package and enhanced opportunities for professional development in areas of curriculum design, project-based and experiential learning, assessment and inter-UWC collaboration.
- A Design and Technology Studio and Workshop has been built to provide facilities to enhance capacity of all students to engage in experiential problem-based learning and to develop solutions through the design cycle.
A Sustainable Campus: Environmental Leadership in a Changing World
The campus is carbon neutral and self-sufficient in its water and energy needs through cutting edge sustainable technology, planned and managed with the help of international experts in the field. These technologies inspire student projects and provide technology models to be adapted by the local community, while also making the campus financially sustainable.
- Solar power is being harnessed.
- Water harvesting systems and water management, including reworking of plumbing systems, has been put in place so the college can be self-sufficient using harvested ground water all year round.
- Water and energy use is controlled and measured in each housing unit.
- Wadas, staff living quarters and buildings and renovated to ensure appropriate light, ventilation, water use.
- Maximum use of carbon free transport exists and solar to battery power for local transport is adopted. Students use carbon-free transportation, such as bicycles to travel when possible.
- An Environmental Visitors Centre displays and demonstrates the various technologies being used on campus. It is a demonstration site for organisations and schools in the region to be inspired.
An Office of Advancement: From Vision to Reality
To achieve the objectives of Vision 2022, a professional, properly staffed Office of Advancement helps to engage our stakeholders and to raise funds and partnerships in order to accomplish our mission of “making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”.
- Website and social media presence that demonstrates impact and engages stakeholders
- Professional database for alumni and donor fundraising
- An Annual Scholarship Fund which provides 5 full scholarships by 2018 and 10 scholarships by 2022.
- Creation of a Scholarship Endowment Fund to enable a need-blind admissions policy for all students.
For more information, or to get involved, contact the Advancement Office at [email protected]