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History of MUWCI

Mahindra United World College of India (MUWCI) was the 8th institution to become a UWC member. MUWCI opened its doors on November 28, 1997, furthering the UWC mission to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The inaugural class comprised 91 students from around the world.

Since then, MUWCI has grown both in terms of people as well as resources. From launching a biodiversity reserve to project-based learning opportunities, we strive to offer our students a unique and unparalleled college experience.




UWC India National Committee

The National Committee for students applying to UWCs from India is established

UWC India National Committee

 Indian Government’s Cabinet Committee on political affairs grants permission to open the College.


Mahindra & Mahindra take the first steps in establishing the College

The Foundation Stone is laid and construction begins in the Mulshi valley

Mahindra United World College of India is inaugurated with its first class of students
— Dr. David Wilkinson is appointed the first Head of College
— The first phase of campus construction is completed

Class of 1999

The inaugural class of students graduates

The sports and recreation facilities on campus are expanded with the opening of the Li-Doshi swimming pool


MUWCI pioneers the curriculum that goes on to become the IB’s World Studies Extended Essay option, an interdisciplinary research project focused on an issue of global significance

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Biodome & Reserve with Kotak Donation

Bio Diversity

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurates the Van Vihar Biodiversity Park & Reserve on the occasion of MUWCI’s 10th Anniversary

The inaugural class of students celebrates its 10-Year Reunion on campus
— Dr. Johnathan Long is appointed as the new Head of College

Photo credit: Amruta Borwankar class of 1999

campus view

Construction of new student housing, Wada 5, is commenced

Ulhas Yargop, MUWCI Board Member, joins the UWC International Board 

Anand Mahindra and Shelby Davis make a joint $12.5 million dollar scholarship pledge to the UWC movement, with the Mahindra Group donating 30 crores (US $4.5 million) to a Mahindra Scholarship Endowment

The Triveni Programme consolidates its Project-based Learning approach.  

Collaborated in a new curriculum development partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation introducing modules on Complexity Science and Systems Thinking

Major UWC benefactor Shelby Davis announces the launch of the pan-UWC $15 million Davis IMPACT Challenge

Shelby & Gale Davis and Phil Geier (Executive Director of Davis UWC Scholars Program) & Amy Geier visit MUWCI in November


MUWCI hosts the UWC International Board for its bi-annual Board Meeting

The Scholae Mundi Foundation of Armenia and the Mahindra Group jointly announce a major UWC Scholarship Commitment of  $7.5 million

CIS accredition

Celebrating 20th Graduation with Shaheen Mistri of Teach for India  as Graduation Speaker

MUWCI receives CIS Accreditation

Class of 1999 celebrate their 20 year reunion


MUWCI’s Pioneering IB++ Approach

MUWCI is one of the leaders in the shift to an IB education in India, being the third school in the country to offer the IB Diploma Programme. Like Atlantic College, MUWCI has also played an important role in developing the IB curriculum.

We have piloted and developed the curriculum for many IB subjects in our areas of expertise:

International Education

Global Politics

World Religions

Creativity and the Arts

Literature and Performance

Film Studies

Interdisciplinary Education/Global Concerns

World Studies Extended Essay

The IB invites only a small number of schools to pilot new curriculum/subjects based on their demonstrated expertise in curricular innovation, advanced faculty experience, and the expectation that the school will attend and contribute to curriculum improvement workshops at the Hague.

We also go well beyond the IB CAS requirements with our intensive Triveni Programme that all students must participate in. The programme includes both on- and off-campus service, creativities, and activities, as well as 4 full weeks of project-based learning in various parts of India. Our deep expertise in delivering CAS programmes bring several international schools to our campus for customised CAS Programmes.



MUWCI is fully accredited through the Council of International Schools and a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization.


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