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Welcome To MUWCI

Mahindra United World College, India (MUWCI) is a residential school for 16-19 year-olds who have chosen to live and study in an intentional community where Faculty deliver a holistic and experiential education programme in line with the mission of the UWC movement to make education “a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”.

The IB DP curriculum, with its values-based curriculum, is taught to each of our 240 students who represent over 80 different nationalities. Our diverse faculty and student population enrich the learning of our community with the diversity they bring in terms of language, culture, and traditions, and all of us who live on campus engage with the local community in the villages which surround our beautiful campus, in the Mulshi Valley.

Members of the MUWCI learning community strive to adhere to the Seven Principles underpinning the United World College International Movement. Diversity, intercultural understanding, healthy lifestyles, community interaction, environmental sustainability, taking personal initiative, and supporting students to fulfil their potential are all shared values across the movement and ones the community at MUWCI wishes to uphold.

The College is committed to Service Learning and, as such, facilitates student engagement and participation in the work of NGOs in the Pune region and other parts of India through Travel Weeks and Project-Based Learning.

At a time when, increasingly, there is a drive for young people to excel academically, Mahindra United World College also focuses on developing the whole person through our carefully designed programmes in outdoor education and sustainability, social and emotional development, and active citizenship. We are the conscious and conscientious caretakers of the young people who have chosen a different educational experience in a unique setting.

While we are a unique community, we are very much connected to the international community and want to help create a better world for all. 

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Our Team

Our Team
Faculty & Staff Profiles Board
Head of College
Chief Financial Officer
Head of Admissions
Head of Campus Infrastructure & Services
Head of Student Life, Faculty of Psychology
Head of Triveni, Faculty of Economics
Interim Head of Academics, English Literature
Physics
Computer Science
English A Language & Literature
Mathematics
Mindfulness & Well-being Psychologist
Theatre and Theory of Knowledge
Psychology & Counsellor
Film studies
Visual Art and Theory of Knowledge
Chemistry
Biology
Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge
Spanish
Global Politics
Librarian
Mathematics
Spanish
English
French & Arabic
Economics
Biology & ESS
Mathematics
English A (Language and Literature) and English B
Faculty of English L&L and Learning Support
Mathematics
Zeenat Ansari
Hindi and Self Taught
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Anand Mahindra
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Anuradha Mahindra
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Bharat Doshi
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Maria Ines Kawamura
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Rakesh Mohan
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Ruzbeh Irani
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Uday Kotak
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Ulhas Yargop
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Prof. Vijay Narhar Gupchup
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Vineet Nayyar
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Zhooben Bhiwandiwala
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Gaurav Chopra

Gaurav is an alumnus of UWC-USA, and believes that the UWC movement encompasses education as a force to unite people, as well as co-exist symbiotically. This passion & faith saw him being involved with the movement in India from its earliest days, even before MUWCI was operationalized. Be it the selection & interview process of the students, the guidance to prospective parents of student applicants or the planning for a UWC in India, Gaurav was either involved directly or on some committee. Once the idea of MUWCI became a reality, he was actively involved in the process of potential site selections as well as the selection of architects & layout plans. As the College was commissioned, Gaurav was invited to be one of the Founding Board of Governors of the College and was one of the longest serving. He has also served on the Selection Committee of the MUWCI board to recruit a new HOC. His commitment to the movement comes from understanding what it is to be at a special place called a UWC…!

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Ashish Kumar pande
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Education:

Chartered Accountant (CA)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Finance, Audit, Taxation, Budgets, MIS, Accounts

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Lets keep it a secret

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Most memorable time was when was working in Dehradun

A perfect day for me would involve:

Lot of constructive work, interactions on different issues and finding solutions

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Back to school, 3rd standard

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Pranjal Vankudre
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

Bachelors in Business Administration

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Admissions and Administration

Countries I’ve called home:

Singapore, India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Public Relations, Parent liaisoning, Budgeting and Event Management

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve ever had

Memorable – Admissions

A perfect day for me would involve:

Productive day at work and spending quality time of the day with family

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Primary school days

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Sachin Dicholkar

Mr. Sachin has 15 years of experience in the Indian Navy Defense establishment and 19 years of rich experience in the areas of General Administration, Facilities Management, Property Management, Human Resource Management, Vendor Management and Security Services for corporate and school premises. Prior to joining MUWCI Mr. Sachin served as the Head of Property Management Services at Oberoi International School, Mumbai.

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Karl Pestonji
Working at MUWCI since:

2021

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

Psychology

Education:

Bachelors and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Its people – a melting pot of cultures and stories as well as its location.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Packing a backpack for a trip – you get to know what’s really ‘essential’ while packing.

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Memorable – helped run a homestay for a month at a Buddhist nunnery in Ladakh, India. Was responsible for everything from cooking and cleaning to showing the guests around and making them a hot cup of ginger, lemon and honey tea on request.

Miserable – Washing the dinner vessels of the guests at the same homestay with ice-cold water – could barely feel my fingers at the end!

A perfect day for me would involve:

Walking about, exploring a new place with my partner

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

2018 – took the year off from work to travel.

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Manish Thapar
Working at MUWCI since:

2016

Education:

Bachelor of Commerce; Master in Economics; PGcert. in Management Accounting

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Accounting/Income Tax/Economics; Gandhi Memorial International School, Bali, Indonesia; Aditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai

Countries I’ve called home:

Indonesia

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Open environment and freedom to experiment, Encourage cooperation over competition

My favourite spot in Paud:

Tree House, Saiiba restaurant in Mulshi Valley

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

AQ lock down and capture the flag. It’s funny.

Triveni Activities:

Fire service: I love the the way our students feel responsible for the safety of our campus and the environment.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Meaningful outdoor education

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cooking and watching Netflix

The most memorable job I’ve had:

None: All jobs have taught me and help me to grow to become a better version of me today compare to yesterday.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Hiking and grilled food

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Bali, Indonesia

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Matthew Spall
Working at MUWCI since:

2016

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

Faculty at UWC Costa Rica 2011-15; Vietnam UWC Selection Committee 2015-present

Education:

BA History & French, University of Manchester; PGCE English, Canterbury Christ Church University; Dip Ed (International Education), University of Bath

Countries I’ve called home:

UK, France, Cambodia, Australia, Argentina, Poland, Costa Rica, Vietnam

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Every day is different; my commute is so short; my wonderful colleagues; the hilarious students.

My favourite spot on campus:

On campus: Wada 1 common room (vamos Wada 1!); Further afield: Mt Waghzai; In Pune: sitting in the MCA stadium watching cricket with friends

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Theatre Season: two months of preparation where everyone pulls towards a common goal, followed by two weeks of spectating and discussing diverse performances.

Triveni Activities:

This year: Football not Soccer; MUWCI Highlanders (frisbee) because of my outstanding athletic ability

MUWCI Passion Project:

Removing litter from Mt Waghzai

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Toad Style Kung Fu

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Memorable/nostalgic: summer jobs on a farm when growing up. Miserable: washing dishes in two restaurants in Australia – long, lonely, boring, livened up by the chef screaming from time to time for more plates.

A perfect day for me would involve:

A long hike through mountains and past ancient ruins, no rain.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

La Habana, Cuba, January 1959

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Alejandro Báez Rubio
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Education:

PhD

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Researcher in radioastronomy

Countries I’ve called home:

Spain, México, Portugal, Kenya

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Growing as a person

My favourite spot on campus:

Anywhere with views to the calles (e.g. the spot behind the cage)

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Mud game (It is a wonderful new experience for most of people and a nice way to strenghten the community)

Triveni Activities:

Highschool science, robotics

MUWCI Passion Project:

Sharing

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Helping people in an emotional way

A perfect day for me would involve:

New experiences, acquiring new knowledges, and sharing love with others

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

0.5-1.5 million years BC (to meet other human species besides homo sapiens)

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Amit Rastogi
Working at MUWCI since:

2017

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

M.Sc. (Computer Science)
B.Ed (Mathematics)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Computer Science

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cracking one-liner jokes

The most memorable / miserable job I’ve ever had

Role of a teacher is most memorable because it allows me to learn something new every day.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Seeing smiles on faces of my students after learning something new.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

My childhood

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Ankita Tandon
Working at MUWCI since:

2021

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

English A language & literature

Education:

Bachelor in English Honours, Master in Journalism, Master in Education (Pursuing).

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Secondary school literature and language education in English and French. I previously worked as a journalist and content writer before starting teaching.

Countries I’ve called home:

India, France and Indonesia.

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Its people – a melting pot of cultures and stories as well as its location.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Speaking five languages, dancing and making amazing rajma chawal.

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

My most memorable job was teaching in two schools in a small province of France, called Aubenas. I remember walking down beautiful cobbled roads to reach the schools and the students there would be the most excited to see me and talk to me. The most miserable was at a start up for alcohol. I expected it to be a cool place to be and learn, but I instead ended up being a telephone executive.

A perfect day for me would involve:

A quiet, sunny winter Sunday morning in the mountains…with a cup of chai in the balcony, a dog (or two) lying by my side, soft old Bollywood music playing in the background and a book waiting to be read. A lazy, relaxed day ahead!

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Teaching in France.

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Arun Kumar Khandagle
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

MSc (Mathematics)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Mathematics

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Maths

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Miserable – House hold work

A perfect day for me would involve:

Giving space for creative thoughts.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Era when Jesus lived on Earth.

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Astha Dugar
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

Masters in Clinical Psychology, Christ University, Bangalore

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Mental Health and Well-Being

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Painting, collecting stationery I don’t need, asking ‘life’ questions

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Looking after my plants back in Delhi

A perfect day for me would involve:

A book, a cup of coffee, playing 5v5 with my partner and watching the sunset at a beach

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

I think as a collective we have worked really hard to be where we are right now, so I wouldn’t want to go back to any other time

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Curran Russell
Working at MUWCI since:

2020

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

Theatre & Theory of Knowledge

Education:

BA in Theatre Education & Performance from Emerson College, Boston

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

I came to India in 2014 to teach at Woodstock School in Mussoorie. As a theatre artist and teacher, I am especially excited about Theatre of the Oppressed, improvisation, and musical theatre.

Countries I’ve called home:

USA & India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Ask “What’s up?” to anyone on campus and you will not get a boring answer — you might hear about the art piece they’re creating, current events in their home country, a research project they’re working on.

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Theatre Season audiences! Never have I ever seen such a supportive, engaged theatre community!

My favourite spot on campus:

Below the back gate is a big open spot with a great view of the valley – a beautiful spot to bring a book or a friend and catch the sunset!

Triveni activities I’m involved with:

Improv & Community Theatre — guess why!

My passion project at MUWCI:

I want to strengthen our presence beyond our campus through connections to other theatre groups, artists, schools, and community development projects.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

I make some very silly faces. Sometimes even on purpose.

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Hailing from Maine in the US, I had to serve my time in a lobster pound. Not a fun job for a vegetarian!

A perfect day for me would involve:

A good cup of coffee; some time outdoors; a sweaty, fun and productive rehearsal!

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

A time before plastic bags… how beautiful everything would look.

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Dhanashree Perumal
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?:

No, but for many months prior to joining, I have been inspired by the movement and tried to incorporate the values into my own educational practice.

Education:

B.A. and B.Ed. from Mumbai University, M.A. in Psychology from SNDT University, Diploma in Counselling

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Pedagogical sciences (although, I’d call it a passion project in progress), Psychological well-being of adolescents (SEL)

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Theatre, being a plant parent, carrying a tune, making gluten-free, eggless, refined sugar-free brownies (Yes, it is still a brownie)

The most memorable job I’ve had:

My first job in a psychiatric clinic that involved long hours, regular ice cream breaks, lack of sleep which my youth could tolerate and being mentored by some of the best people.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Tending to my plants, random sing-alongs in the middle of something, drumming, boardgames and meals with my people, having authentic conversations and getting my eight hours of shut-eye.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

The time I witnessed the beauty of marine life, 40 feet underwater in the Bay of Bengal.

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Dinesh Bhadwal
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?:

No

Education:

Bachelors of Science
Masters in Journalism
Masters in Cinematography (pursuing from Film and Television Institute of India)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Film Studies

Countries I’ve called home:

All across India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cooking and music

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Everything to do with Film Studies and Film Production is memorable.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Teaching and making cinema.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Childhood with my parents and my father projecting world class movies on a 70mm screen.

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Hesborne Mosoti
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

Bachelors degree in Education Fine Art.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Teacher of Visual Art and Theory of Knowledge

Countries I’ve called home:

Kenya

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Swimming

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Memorable job – Computer Services

A perfect day for me would involve:

Accomplishing at least one goal/objective i.e cleaning, completing a project, running an errand successfully, making a good meal, going to bed on time

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

My high school years, had the most fun

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Jaydip Chaudhuri
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?:

No, but some of my friends were working in UWC since 2003, so I am well aware of UWC cultures. Also being a public school teacher for over 25 years, Round square and IAYP connections have taught me UWC spirit, much before I literally joined MUWCI.

Education:

M.Sc(Physical Chemistry), MCA (Network computing), B.Ed

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

TCP/IP programming in Java and C was my specialization area when I did my master’s in computer application, grid computing with message passing interface was the application area where I explored further with my students. I know about 10 programming languages, including Prolog, Fortran, Pascal, C etc. I have worked on various OS platforms including silicon graphics, Solaris, Unix, and macOS. I started my career in St. Paul’s school in Jalapahar, Darjeeling and then shifted to the Doon School, Dehradun to teach electronics and chemistry. In my teaching career, I have taught in many well-known schools including Kodaikanal international school, The Aga khan academy, Hyderabad, and Pathways world school Aravali to name a few.

Countries I’ve called home:

India, Maldives

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cloud watching (Observing and learning good things from them, and also learning from my own mistakes)

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

No regrets in life, whatever I did, I always enjoyed. I consider myself lucky to have good parents and kids, blessed with good values and happily placed in the best working environments, I am thankful for the almighty for all these.

A perfect day for me would involve:

In a lush green environment, a book, a pot of green tea and nature around me

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Why go back…? Eastern philosophy doesn’t teach us to look back but to look and move forward, bodily and in the mind. Thus Charaiveti (in Sanskrit it means, move on, move ahead) will be the mantra. No regrets, what’s done is done for a reason, yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is the present.

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Lydia Brenda Ogutu
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?:

No

Education:

Masters In Education Management, Masters Program In Changing Education, Bachelor of Education (Science)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Research on Effects of Cooperative Discipline Model in Managing student behaviour with the aim of ensuring a conducive learning environment. / Education Management. / Former Dean of Instruction and Learning, Currently in the Faculty of Biology at MUWCI.

Countries I’ve called home:

Kenya, Finland

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Singing, Public speaking, Over-thinking things

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Memorable – Teaching my students obviously, Leading TPD sessions.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Sunshine, fresh air, flowers outside, and a picnic under some nice shade with friends/family

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Why go back when I go forward? I’d go forward to 2052. This is 30 years from now……what I see then will help me know how to better prepare my students to remain relevant in their time. I’d also get to know what my legacy is/was and see how I can go back and make it better.

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Liam Goodacre
Working at MUWCI since:

2010-2015, 2021-present

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?:

I have taught at UWC Mahindra and UWC Dilijan for a total of 10 years. I am also an alumnus of UWC Atlantic College.

Education:

BA in Liberal Arts (St. John’s College)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

The key area of my studies and teaching is philosophy. I studied classical Western philosophy in college, but have branched out into other areas such as Buddhism and Feminism. I also have a strong interest in mathematics, science and literature. Recently I have been teaching and learning about the history of slavery.

Countries I’ve called home:

Scotland, India, USA, Armenia

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

C++

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

My first job was being a picture framer. I loved it!

A perfect day for me would involve:

Long discussions, being in nature, and / or listening to music.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

I would time travel to the future rather than the past, as I wish to know what humanity becomes over the next thousand years.

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Martha Lucia Bocanegra
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

Yes, I am member of UWC Colombia Selection Committee

Education:

Degree in Modern Languages ( Spanish-English , Specialisation in the teaching of Literature, Leading auditor in the Quality Management System

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment

30 years of experience as a Spanish teacher. In the past 12 years, I have prepared students in both Language A and Language B in the IBDP Program. Outside of my job, I have been involved in book editorial work, being an author or evaluating books written for schools. Additionally, I am part of the UWC Colombia Selection team. In my last job I was the Head of the Spanish Department, leading the IGCSE, and IB Program in Spanish Language A and Language B. I am an IB examiner and I have been a tutor of Self-taught tutor for students taking the programme in different countries

Countries I’ve called home:

Colombia

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cooking Colombian food

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

The most memorable job that I have had is a much-loved job as a hairdresser. It was my first job, I started doing home visits, then I worked in a beauty salon and later I started my own salon to help my mum support my house and help me through university.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Start the day with a delicious coffee while observing nature, read a book, exercise, enjoy a nice meal and watch a good movie

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Athens, 6th century BC to see the beginnings of Greek theatre

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Nicodemus Muhati
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

MA Education from The University of Nottingham, PGCEi from The University of Nottingham, BA Education (from The University of Nairobi)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment

Education, Teacher Professional Development, Social Policy

Countries I’ve called home:

Kenya

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Baritone Vocalist

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

NA

A perfect day for me would involve:

Music, travelling, and meeting people

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

I would go back to my local community and serve the less fortunate people whom I never had a chance to serve.

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Mary Rose Loria
Working at MUWCI since:

2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

 Library and Information Science from the University of the Philippines

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment

Library administration, digital information literacy, educational technology, robotics, programming

Countries I’ve called home:

Philippines, Thailand, Guatemala

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Playing badminton

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Memorable – becoming the Secretariat manager of an international association which allowed me to travel to different countries and work with diverse nationalities

A perfect day for me would involve:

A meetup with my closest friends in one of the top-rated food places, while engaging in deep conversations and reminiscing silliest memories.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

To junior high school, and tell my younger self to study in UWC!

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Rajalakshmi Pillai
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

Mathematics

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

Master’s in Analytical Chemistry & Master’s in Curriculum

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

IBDP mathematics teacher

Countries I’ve called home:

Georgia, Namibia, Thailand, Cambodia and India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Water-colour painting and kitchen gardening

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

All my jobs

A perfect day for me would involve:

Starting the day with ginger tea, doing gardening, painting and then sit down to read a book

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

I am happy with the present and hence no time travelling

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Ruben Grisalena Ramos
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

Spanish

Education:

Bachelor in History, Postgraduate in Spanish as Second Language, Master in Education

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Spanish language

Countries I’ve called home:

Spain, USA, India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Still looking for an answer…

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Building my own house with a carpenter who became my best friend

A perfect day for me would involve:

A coffee, a book and a mountain view

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

New Mexico in USA, Hampi in India

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Saad Ahmad
Working at MUWCI since:

2021

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

English Language and Literature

Education:

B.A. (English), M.A. (Linguistics), M. Phil (Linguistics), PhD (Linguistics)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

Field of expertise: Linguistics, Literature and TOK, I have taught in Heritage Gurgaon and Pathways World School, Aravali

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Daydreaming.

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

I am terrific at everything. But then I might be daydreaming.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Leisure, tea and discussions over how miserable humankind is.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

The 1970s, when bellbottom trousers were a rage in India.

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Sanaa Rachidi
Working at MUWCI since:

2021

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

Master in Human rights

Key Research / Expertise Area / Previously employed in:

French & Arabic

Countries I’ve called home:

Morocco, Italy, India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Languages

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

My first job

A perfect day for me would involve:

A good cup of coffee

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

To the future

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Sandhya Kadam
Working at MUWCI since:

2021

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

MA Economics

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Working on the development area of education in India

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Organizing and doing research

The most memorable / miserable job I’ve ever had

My most memorable job was working with underprivileged kids in a Bangalore school

A perfect day for me would involve:

Mutual learning between students and me in the class (fruitful discussion)

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

First teaching assignment

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Sandra Ruth Benedict
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

Biology & ESS

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No

Education:

M.Sc in Food Science

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Teaching & Learning, Research & Development

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Organising Lab Sessions

The most memorable / miserable job I’ve ever had

Teaching Maths to High School Students

A perfect day for me would involve:

A class well conducted with students completely engaged and the learning objectives being met

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

My carefree childhood chasing butterflies and catching beetles

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Subarna Sampat
Working at MUWCI since:

2009-2014, 2022

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

As a teacher in other UWCs

Education:

Masters in Physics, from IIT Kharagpur, India.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Mathematics

Countries I’ve called home:

India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

I’d prefer not to answer this question

The most miserable job I’ve had:

My most memorable job is the one I do – being in a UWC classroom

A perfect day for me would involve:

A long walk, good food, a fun math class, one or two good conversations, reading a few pages from whatever I am reading at the moment, listening to some good music…

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Any time between 1998 and 2020

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Teesta Rawal
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Subjects I teach at MUWCI:

English A (Language and Literature) and English B

Education:

BA Hons. English Literature, ASP (with dissertation in English), Ashoka University, India; MA Gender Studies (with dissertation on gender and migration/diaspora studies) SOAS, University of London

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

English Literature and Critical Literary Theory, Contemporary Lit, Gender, Migration and Disability Studies

Countries I’ve called home:

India & UK

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Making people laugh, writing, photography, experiments with cooking, and quizzing!

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Post-covid, working at a bar/nightclub in the heart of London. It was an insight into lifestyles I had never even imagined, and while weekend shifts were always intense, nasty and out of hand, I got real lessons in communication and leadership. But more importantly, I left with tons of unbelievable stories!

A perfect day for me would involve:

Any of the following: being outdoors (by a waterbody or in a very green space) and sitting very still, hopping around on public transport for no reason, watching live sporting events (swimming, football, gymnastics, ice skating), OR a lie in, waffles and Netflix for lunch, unwinding with my cats

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

A time when technology did not govern the world!

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Ujwala Samarth
Working at MUWCI since:

2014-2021, 2023

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

MUWCI teacher and parent

Education:

BA (Sociology), BEd

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Journalism, Sociology, Philosophy of Education

Countries I’ve called home:

Zambia, Mauritius, Trinidad, India

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Research and daydreaming

The most memorable job I’ve had:

All my jobs have their memorable and miserable moments

A perfect day for me would involve:

Walking outdoors on a cloudy but not rainy day and … FOOD.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

In The 70s — when we still had hope for many things.

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Vivek Gandhi
Working at MUWCI since:

2023

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

I was a teacher at UWC Dilijan for 5 years

Education:

Graduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral Degree in Physics

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Key research in Physics and teaching Mathematics

Countries I’ve called home:

India, Armenia, Germany

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Indian cooking

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Miserable – a job where I was asked to help students in their public certificate exam! Memorable job – UWC Dilijan : learnt new things almost every day.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Walking the whole day! (Long trek)

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

10000 BC

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Zeenat Ansari
Zeenat Ansari
Working at MUWCI since:

2017

Education:

Bacholers in Hindi, English and Political Science
Bachelors in Urdu
Bachelors in Education (B. Ed.)
Masters in Language Arts (Hindi)
Masters in Language Arts (English)
TEFL Diploma
International Teacher Training TESOL
Masters in Education (M.Ed)
Masters in Educational Psychology
Pursuing Doctor Of Philosophy

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Educational Research: Hindi Grammar and Literature & Urdu Grammar
Educational Psychology
Curriculum Development

Previous Jobs: Hindi Faculty, Woodstock International School Mussoorie; Hindi Lecturer, Hindi-Urdu Language Centre; Hindi Faculty, Stonehill International School Bangalore

Field of Expertise: Hindi & Urdu Curriculum Writing

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

All the learning experiences that I get to collect with my colleagues and students

My favourite spot on campus:

Wada 4

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

MUWCI in itself is a tradition so I cant pick one

Triveni Activities:

MUWCI Media and Writer’s Lab, because taking pictures, writing and collecting memories are very dear to my heart.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Photography, Writing, Urdu Poetry, Dancing

A perfect day for me would involve:

My students, masala chai, and a lot of laughter

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

My childhood

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