Soraya Sayed Hassen
Head of UWC Mahindra College
Soraya Sayed Hassen, born in Mauritius to a family of Indian origin, is a passionate educator with over two decades of teaching experience. Moving to London in her adolescent years, she acquired a BA Honours in English from Buckingham University in 1997 before pursuing her Masters’ degree at Monash University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra.
Since then, she has held various teaching positions at schools in Mauritius and Australia across a variety of curricula including the Cambridge IGCSE & A Level syllabi, and the International Baccalaureate. During her tenure at the Charles Telfair Institute, between 2002 and 2007, where she taught undergraduate students enrolled on the Media & Communication and English degree programmes, she successfully ran Curtin University’s offshore Foundation Program and oversaw all academic and administrative matters as the Head of Humanities. Her desire to return to higher secondary education brought her to UWC Mahindra College (MUWCI), where she joined as an English and French teacher in 2015. She has since been the Head of Academics and Deputy Head of the College in quick succession, leading the school’s CIS accreditation efforts while being responsible for all aspects of student life and managing faculty professional development.
An inherent understanding of the Indian context coupled with her substantial experience as a UWC faculty gives Soraya a nuanced understanding of the College’s challenges and needs. As Head Of College, she is committed to achieving educational excellence and strengthening sustainability as a core value of the College.
"The wealth of diversity we have at MUWCI, be it among Faculty, students or staff, makes the College an exciting educational space filled with possibilities. It is a great privilege to work with committed, passionate people who believe strongly in the power of Education."