Over United World College Maastricht:
UWCM was born in December 2009 as the 12th member in the United World College family.
UWCM is a completely integrated, multicultural school for students of different educational and socio-economic backgrounds aged 3-18 which operates within the Dutch public educational system and is subsidized by the Dutch government. The integrated school was formed to serve both the needs of the international community of Maastricht, and to provide an education for those students chosen through the UWC national committee system from throughout the world to study and live as residential students at UWCM.
UWCM delivers a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.
Today the UWCM serves over 850 students from more than 100 countries, 180 of whom are residential and live on campus.
UWC History and mission
The first UWC, the United World College of the Atlantic (UWC AC), was the brainchild of a group of idealists - the German educationalist Kurt Hahn and a number of veterans of the Second World War – in response to the misery and carnage they had witnessed and the rising tensions of the Cold War and the nuclear arms race.
They committed to waging a war for Peace by bringing together young people at a formative period in their lives from different nations, races, cultures, religions, political systems and social classes and to educate them in an environment of mutual understanding and mutual respect.
A central aspect of this approach was and is to open people’s eyes to the power of community and selfless service to others.
As the years have passed, others around the world - attracted to this simple yet powerful idea that education can be a force for peace and a sustainable future – have lent their support to allow for expansion and growth.