First Luxembourgish students selected
UWC Luxembourg proudly announces the outcome of the first selection of students for the Mahindra (India), Maastricht and Armand Hammer (USA) United World Colleges.
Three students - Zoé Speltz, Lucie Martin and Félix Biver - selected by the UWC National Committee in 2012 are attending three UWC Colleges in 2012-2014. The three students have been specifically assigned to respectively three UWC colleges: Mahindra in Inde, Maastricht and Armand Hammer UWC of the American West in the US. The students were presented to the parents, the school headmasters and the press on Friday, 4 May at 16h00 at the Cercle Münster in Grund, Luxembourg.
This year three Luxembourgish students joined the 2012-2014 class of some 3000 students aged 16 to 19. These students of different cultures and backgrounds, take part in a program of the United World Colleges. The UWC (http://www.uwc.org/) is an organization committed to fostering communities based on social development free from all prejudice and intolerance, no matter the socio-economic, cultural, racial, religious or national origins. Education at the UWCs is sanctioned by the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a challenging two year curriculum that is widely recognized throughout the world.
The UWC combine the academic excellence of IB with a strong emphasis on involvement with local communities and on sustainable development, combined with a wide range of cultural and sports activities. These elements all contribute to the stimulation and interest of the UWC education.
The student selection is a well established process, managed by the alumni of various UWCs, of which Luxembourg hosts about two dozens of different nationalities. The UWC selection process is split in two parts. One is a selection of students based on their academic achievements and ability to demonstrate a spirit of independence and a certain maturity to represent Luxembourg in international communities, exciting and enthusiastic, where students live together along teachers and college staff.
In the second stage of the selection, strictly separate from the first, the UWC National Committee ensures the financing of attendance at a UWC for each of the selected students. Given the basic principle that students are selected strictly regardless of their socio-economic background, the Luxembourg UWC Committee strives to collect funds to provide variable scholarships to the selected students. These funds are collected from various financial sources, patrons, in the Grand Duchy as well as from UWC alumni and parents of current students. Parents of selected students contribute to the system of Luxembourgish scholarships within their means, but are not approached until after the first selection phase has been concluded.
Note to the editors:
The guiding principles of UWC were founded and inspired by the educational principles of Kurt Hahn (1886 - 1974), to select young people, well anchored in their own culture and "comfort zone", but flexible enough to fit in another context, a context of a wide variety of socio-economic cultures. The UWC education model provides opportunities for empowering young people.
UWC aims to achieve its objectives by a transformational educational experience based on a balanced holistic development by encouraging an integrated development of human potential through a range of different dimensions, including the intellectual, moral, aesthetic, emotional, social, spiritual and physical. The UWC education aims for enabling the young to explore the possibility of change through courageous actions, personal example and selfless leadership.
With the experience gained in our 50 year history and the current educational thinking, the pursuit of peace and justice are the founding objectives of the UWC. All colleges share the mission and values of UWC and each school follows the UWC mission in its own location, which creates distinctive identities based on local resources.
The UWC in Luxembourg
The UWC National Committee of Luxembourg is in its startup phase. Legally incorporated as an a.s.b.l. (non-profit association) and operating under the high international patronage of HM Queen Noor of Jordan and the Honorary President Nelson Mandela, we work in the socio-economic and financial fabric of Luxembourg to select students from Luxembourg to attend UWC colleges and to collect funds to provide these students with a partial or full scholarship.
Friends of UWC Luxembourg
UWC Luxembourg is advised by the "Friends of UWC Luxembourg", a group of individuals who act as goodwill ambassadors for the network and presentations, among the local charitable organizations, to support its fundraising . These goodwill UWC ambassadors contribute to the promotion and strengthening of the UWC mission through their contacts and influence within the donor community in Luxembourg.