Contact Details

UWC Mahindra College
Head: Mr Pelham Lindfield Roberts
Village Khubavali, Paud, Taluka
Mulshi, District Pune 412 108,
India
info@muwci.net
+91 22 2497 4625
www.uwcmahindracollege.org

UWC Mahindra College at a glance

US $8m

An initial USD $8 million donation from the Mahindra family was used to fund UWC Mahindra College

240

A global body of students aged 15-18 years, from over 80 countries

500+

Akshara children from 7 villages educated through UWC Mahindra College’s Akshara local impact initiative since 2005. Over 30 have attended UWCs.

2000+

Global alumni network  since 1997

“Having austerity dinner as a means of saving money by eating simple food so that schools within the neighbouring village may have finances to school books; teaching the ancillary staff who clean and cook for us how to speak English; sharing nuggets of my culture with the rest of my peers and seeing the appreciation and interest they have towards  things I found mundane in my everyday life; holding talks about Greece and how their artistic history has shaped their present country are just a few of what I have been able to engage with here at UWC Mahindra College; a real feat to say the least.”

 

Stellah Bieta (Kenya, UWC Mahindra College, 2016-2018)

Introduction

All began in 1997 with the generous gift of land and building infrastructure by Harish Mahindra of the world-renowned Mahindra & Mahindra Group. UWC Mahindra, or MUWCI (pronounced “myoo-ki”) as it is more informally known, is a vibrant college with a rich tradition of curricular innovation and community engagement. Programmes such as the IB’s World Studies Extended Essay and the Film Studies programme were conceived and piloted here. The College also runs a bridge programme and the Akshara Foundation, both of which enhance the positive local impact of the College and provide students with numerous opportunities for project-based and service learning.

Three Unique Features

  • Curricular richness (Project Based Diploma) – UWC Mahindra College is known as a place of curricular innovation, and several programmes conceived here have been incorporated in the global International Baccalaureate curriculum. It offers an exciting opportunity for real-world and project-based learning through the Project Based Diploma Programme.  The many options for service and project-based learning offered through CAS Specialist
  • Student-led initiatives – Students are active in most decision-making processes that affect campus life, such as envisioning and executing resource management initiatives on campus and in the neighboring villages. Extensive student involvement also results in student projects that turn into long upheld traditions, such as the Community Fund and the annual Theatre Season, during which students direct and participate in several plays performed around campus over a fortnight in February.
  • Indian context – At UWC Mahindra College, students not only benefit from a diverse classroom with peers from over 60 countries, but also from the linguistic and cultural diversity of the surrounding valley and India at large. Context-building courses such as ‘This is India’ and ‘Global Affairs’ help students engage with this privilege and the rare opportunities it bestows on a regular basis, and during Project Week and Travel Week, students have short immersive experiences in various other parts of the country.

Geographic Setting

UWC Mahindra College is located in a 170-acre biodiversity reserve, near the village of Paud in the Taluka Mulshi region of Maharastra, in the Western Ghats, a mountain range that runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula. From its vantage point on a hill overlooking the Mula River near the Mulshi dam, the surrounding villages and fields in the valleys and the steep hills of the Western Ghats provide a striking rural setting. UWC Mahindra College of India was founded in rural Maharashtra to encourage an exchange between UWC students and nearby villages to increase prosperity and improve opportunities for local children.

The villages in the adjoining valley provide abundant opportunities for learning and community engagement. The city of Pune is 30 km away, (about 100km south-east of Bombay), and offers many options for weekend day trips for both resources and leisure. Maharashta is rich in biodiversity and is home to 6 national parks. There are also several wildlife reserves and 4 “Project Tiger” reserves. UWC Mahindra College is therefore in an excellent location for the studying of the natural sciences and understanding the importance of conservation. The College has created a biodiversity reserve from much of the open land on campus. Its policy is to encourage environmental protection and to foster awareness for one’s surroundings.

Campus and Facilities

UWC Mahindra College conducts several short programmes during the summer break which bring together 14-18 year-old students from around the world to learn about issues such as sustainability, globalization and gender. The primary focus is on providing students with a comprehensive introduction to important issues through interaction with field experts and making use of MUWCI’s geographical and cultural context. Encounter India (EI) is the College’s most popular short course, involving a week of context-building at UWC Mahindra followed by 2 weeks of group travel to several places in India. Other courses are Youth, Environment and Sustainability (YES) and Theater, Gender, Identity and Film (TGIF).

In the Classroom

UWC Mahindra College offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, the College offers Art, Theatre, Film, Psychology, World Religions, Global Politics. On top of these, students also take context-building courses such as ‘This is India’ and Global Affairs, as well as specialized courses in Complexity Science and Systems Thinking.

UWC Mahindra College also offers the Project Based Diploma (PBD) along with a Cambridge Pre-University Diploma. The PBD is a specialized programme in its nascent years, where a selected group of students take the IBDP curriculum during their first year and utilize the second year to conceive and execute a real-world, impact-driven project.

Education at UWC Mahindra College follows the UWC example of inspiring action through intellectual engagement with global issues combined with project-based experiential learning, in the local community. Starting this year, students will be able to graduate both with an IB Diploma as well as the UWC Mahindra Project Based Diploma designed to help students meet the demands of the 21st century, while utilising all the resources available to them in today’s world, through project-based learning.

Outside the Classroom

UWC Mahindra College offers an immense variety of co-curricular activities through its Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) programme, referred to as “Triveni” programme, which facilitates project-based learning in four areas: Education, Peace and Justice, Sustainability, Communication and Culture and Outdoor Education. Students participate in at least one area and organize themselves in groups to execute campus and community projects as a real-world initiation into project management. The Triveni Program is at the heart of the UWC experience and is as important as attending all the academic classes and engaging fully in the residential life of the college. The Triveni Program is an exciting and integral part of the experience at UWC Mahindra College. Beyond fulfilling the IB Diploma Programme CAS requirements, the Triveni Program aims to give students an opportunity to learn outside the classroom and to bring alive the UWC mission and values.

 

Community Service on campus and beyond happens through participation in Triveni projects, as well by working with the Akshara Programme and local community initiatives in the valley. These include working with local schools, entrepreneurship programmes, organic farming collectives and non-governmental organizations.

 

Akshara, UWC Mahindra College’s local impact initiative, provides educational support and vocational training to the wider community and empowers more than 500 students in seven villages in rural Maharashtra. Through the Triveni (CAS) programme, students engage with local schools and NGOs and meaningfully experience project-based service learning.

Fostering an enduring sense of commitment to social justice, the college enriches students with powerful, life-defining experiences to lead change in the world. In an increasingly urbanised India, UWC Mahindra College nurtures and celebrates true diversity in tandem with local communities to make a lasting positive difference.

Besides regular sports such as basketball, rugby and football, the geographical location of the campus fosters an ideal setting for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and fire service. A large number of students also participate in physically challenging outings during Travel Week and the inter-house sporting season known as MUWCILympics.

Short Courses

UWC Mahindra College conducts several short programmes during the summer break which bring together 14-18 year-old students from around the world to learn about issues such as sustainability, globalization and gender. The primary focus is on providing students with a comprehensive introduction to important issues through interaction with field experts and making use of MUWCI’s geographical and cultural context. Encounter India (EI) is the College’s most popular short course, involving a week of context-building at UWC Mahindra followed by 2 weeks of group travel to several places in India. Other courses are Youth, Environment and Sustainability (YES) and Theater, Gender, Identity and Film (TGIF).

Admissions

Students apply through their UWC national committee. In special circumstances, students may also apply directly to UWC Mahindra. For more information, visit: http://admissions.uwcmahindracollege.org/

Meet some of the staff members here.

Meet the Head of College here.