UWC South East Asia
Opened in 1971 by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, UWC South East Asia expanded in the 1990s to include primary students. The Singapore-based school now has nearly 5,300 students.
Student profile: 5,280 students aged 4-19
Campus and facilities: The Dover campus has over 3,000 students from more than 73 nationalities, aged 4 to 18. It’s set over 27 acres in central Singapore and has extensive modern facilities.
The East campus has 2,280 students from more than 70 nationalities aged from 4 to 18.
The school offers purpose-built accommodation with boarding for over 190 students aged 11 to 18 and has 265 full and part time teachers from more than 25 nationalities.
Specialisms: Students learn about global issues, the concepts of leadership and organisation and, they are encouraged to establish their own ‘Global Concerns’ initiatives. There are over 120 of these initiatives at the college, and through them, students have helped open UWC schools in Swaziland, Nepal and Indonesia.
Beyond the classroom: The school provides a challenging, holistic education with an emphasis on academic achievement, service to others, teamwork and leadership. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, which include: sports, music, drama and social service.
All International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students join one of more than 50 Singapore-based social service projects which they choose themselves. Every week, for at least one academic year, they visit residential homes or day care centres for older or physically and intellectually disabled people.
Students develop character and learning through challenges in and outside the classroom. From grade 3 on, all students participate in class expeditions outside Singapore.
Twenty six years since I left UWCSEA and, still, there's a flame that burns within. There, I learnt who I needed to be; today I am.
Anita Kapoor, graduated from UWC South East Asia in 1989