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Welcome from Carma Elliot, College President

Welcome to UWCSEA – a united, welcoming college community, across two campuses and embracing students and their families from almost 100 different nations. Here in Singapore, UWCSEA has a unique history: as we build on the impact of our work of over close to 50 years, and as our alumni go out into the world in increasing numbers, we have much to celebrate.

UWCSEA was the second member of the UWC movement, opened by Lee Kuan Yew as Singapore International School in 1971. SIS became the United World College of South East Asia in 1975 and gradually expanded to become the K–12 international school of over 5,500 students that it is today.

This year, we are once again celebrating and building on the success of individuals, and the wider impact of our mission. Our established community embodies everything the UWC movement stands for: concern and compassion for others, the willingness to accept responsibility, and tenacity in pursuit of the truth. What also distinguishes our students is how much they give service to others: their compassion and commitment are writ large in the many hundreds of hours of impactful service the College bears witness to every year, across a hugely diverse range of activities, and which we celebrate as much as our academic achievements.

Our diverse community adds so much to the learning environment and outcomes: diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, create an internationalist mindset and build respect for others. Our students are encouraged to investigate and value their different histories and talents, as well as those of other people and cultures.

I am so proud to be joining this amazing community as the first College President, and along with the College Leadership Team at UWCSEA, working together to drive our sustainability and our strategy for the future. I join a teaching leadership and committed staff which is second to none, who are professionally curious and always striving to do their utmost for the students – fostering curiosity, caring, compassion and empathy. On a personal level, I am a great believer in the power of kindness, and I have been guided in this by one of my favourite quotes from the Dalai Lama:

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

I feel very much at home at UWCSEA. As a diplomat for over 25 years, and having spent much of my adult life in Asia, all of my professional experiences to date have affirmed for me the enduring importance and relevance of the work captured in our UWC mission. Looking ahead, as our College story continues to unfold, and aligned with our mission and vision of building a peaceful, sustainable future, I look forward to working with our community as we face the future, and as our students write the alumni stories we will be celebrating well into the future.

If you are looking for a transformative educational experience for your child, one which is based on enquiry, on building understanding and trust, and which inspires each student to create a more peaceful and sustainable future, then UWC South East Asia is the school for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Carma Elliot CMG OBE
College President, UWC South East Asia

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