Presidents of UWC

President - Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan

HM Queen Noor Her Majesty's commitment to international understanding and in particular to peace-building initiatives is an inspirational example to members of the UWC international movement.

"The goal of our educational movement is not simply to produce educated young people but also to nurture activists for peace and future leaders who can help resolve the challenges within their own societies and contribute to building bridges between communities and cultures within their regions and throughout the world."


Past Presidents

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela had a long and personal connection with the UWC movement since his children and grandchildren attended Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa. Through his life-long defence of freedom and justice, Nelson Mandela encapsulated many of the ideals which UWC strives to achieve and provides great inspiration for students and alumni.


(Photo credit: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory/Matthew Willman)

"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor; that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine; that the child of farm workers can become the President of a great nation."

Lord Mountbatten

HRH Prince Charles

Honorary Vice-Presidents

UWC has five Honorary Vice-Presidents who have distinguished themselves through service to the UWC international movement:
  • Antonin Besse
  • Mr Mark Hoffman
  • Sir Albert Sloman
  • Professor Thomas HB Symons