UWC Thailand (UWCT) is a not-for-profit school that aims, through an open-minded and thoughtful approach to education, to develop international and intercultural understanding. We actively encourage our community to engage in and reflect upon discussions across profound differences – locally, regionally and globally – to develop an appreciation of others perspectives. In so doing the students gain an understanding of the diversity that exists within the world but also our common humanity.
Our aspiration is that our community will be transformed by their experiences and lead meaningful lives as compassionate citizens taking courageous action in pursuit of peace and a sustainable future.
Currently, the majority of UWCT’s income is derived from fee income. The Education for a Sustainable Future Foundation (ESFF) has been established with the sole purpose of supporting UWCT in its ambition to become an outstanding international school.
The Foundation is registered in Thailand and provides a tax efficient method for making donations. The School is currently researching how to provide similar vehicles in other jurisdictions, in particular the UK and the USA.
UWC Thailand is committed to providing a transformational educational experience to students regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and experience as well as of nationalities. The aim is to create a deliberately diverse community in the school that represents a microcosm of the world, thus fostering international and intercultural understanding. By bringing together such a diverse group of engaged and motivated young people from across the globe, we are able to provide a unique educational experience that no other school can provide.
Living and learning with scholarship students from such varied backgrounds allows our students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of specific nations, cultures and global issues. Whilst academically capable, the scholars are selected on the basis of their alignment with the UWC mission statement and the impact they have already had on their current school community. Our aspiration is to have over 80 scholars at the School by 2023.
Research shows that the biggest single influence on student achievement is teachers. Teachers provide the avenues that stretch student thinking and create a challenging learning environment for them. Gifts to the School will enhance our staff professional development programme and help to maintain and further the transformational experience the students have at UWCT. By continuing their own professional development, our teachers are not only keeping up-to-date with the latest research in education, but they are role models for our students.
The School has ambitious plans to invest US$11million in new facilities over the next ten years. The facilities include a new High School Classroom Block, a Mind Centre, the creation of a Black-box Theatre and Auditorium, a covered sports facility, a Nursery and Day Care Centre and Boarding Facilities. In keeping with the School’s philosophy, all buildings will be built to Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) standard. Opportunities exist for naming rights.
Educational Programme Development
Each department and section of the School has a number of projects they would like to introduce that would further enhance the students’ education. Whilst these are in the School’s development plans, support in this area would enable us to bring the introduction of these projects forward.