UWC invites GCC students to apply
Dubai, October 20, 2013
High school students from the GCC region have been invited to apply to London-based United World Colleges (UWC) International’s 12 schools and colleges through its newly established National Committee in the UAE (UWC UAE), a regional affiliate.
“UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Our twelve schools and colleges currently span five continents. Embracing the many nationalities present in each of our colleges is an important feature of UWC life and it helps students to explore and develop an international and inter-cultural understanding,” said Sunita Gomes, chair, UWC UAE.
An important and unique feature of the organisation is the UWC national committee network. Each year over 2,000 volunteers mobilise to select students from an applicant pool of 15,000 students spanning 146 countries.
“A volunteer-based UWC UAE was set up in 2013 as an initiative to strengthen our presence in the region. It will be also covering our activities in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. In the Gulf region, we already have one more national committee in Oman,” added Gomes.
The committee’s main goals in the region are to to increase awareness, recognition and understanding of UWC; to strengthen and develop its volunteer and alumni system in the region; and to increase the number of students, both nationals and expats from the region, who will attend UWC schools and colleges.
Nermine Badawy, admissions officer, UWC UAE, said: “Students from the region can submit an expression of interest in applying to UWC on or before January 15, 2014. If we find them eligible to continue with the application process, they will be requested to submit their formal application till February 28.”
“They need to be willing to live in a multicultural environment. Although academic strength is required for the International Baccalaureate programme, students must show that they have engaged in extra-curricular activities and service to their communities.”
Students, to be eligible to apply, must be between 16 and 17 years of age by September 2014, should be citizens of or expatriate students, who are residing and studying in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Bahrain and must be enrolled in a secondary school and have completed at least ten years of education prior to their start at UWC.
Batool Sulaimanji, alumni relations officer, said: “What UWC students have in common is that they have made the decision to apply for the experience themselves and have been recognised to have the potential and desire to be positive change makers.”
“A scholarship programme funded by a single donor makes some of the US’ top universities an accessible option for these students who need financial support to continue into higher education,” she added. - TradeArabia News Service