UWC Mostar is committed to the mission of promoting understanding between different national and ethnic groups through education
Objectives UWC Mostar
  • To provide the opportunity for future leaders in the Balkans to be educated within a fully ethnically integrated environment, alongside peers drawn from all ethnic backgrounds represented in the region
UWC Mostar is the only institution of secondary education in Bosnia that will absolutely insist on total integration of the student population irrespective of nationality or ethnicity. The only means to escape the accepted practice of educational segregation across different ethnic groups that is the norm in the region.
  • To create a unique environment in which young people drawn from across the world, as well as from the Balkans, are engaged in finding peaceful means to reconcile differences between diverse ethnic and national groups
UWC Mostar has a unique location at the heart of the part of Europe that has been most deeply and violently divided since World War II.
As they are located directly in a zone of recent interethnic conflict, young people drawn from all over the world can see at first hand the high costs of ethnic and national divisions.
  • To become the leading secondary school establishment in the Balkans, achieving world-class levels of academic excellence
UWC Mostar is already achieving academic excellence and has an exceptionally strong foundation already in place in terms of educational infrastructure.
Enormous potential to deliver academic outcomes that are world-class.
Creation of UWC Mostar
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The creation of UWC Mostar has been the product of leadership by staff and alumni of the United World College movement, with significant support from private and public institutions
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Intensified commitment by UWC of the Adriatic in Italy to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and especially those of the former Yugoslavia.
Initial efforts focused on the creation of a high calibre international school on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
The OSCE announced plans to integrate the once prestigious Gymnazium of Mostar, destroyed in the war.
2004 - 2005
UWC team invited by OSCE to open an integrated UWC College on the site of the Gymnazium of Mostar.
School opened with initial intake of 90 Bosnian and international students.
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Highly symbolically, UWC Mostar is sited on the front line of the interethnic fighting in 1993-95
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International patrons
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Guiliano Amato, Bakir Izetbegovic, Wolfgang Petritsch, Elizabeth Rehn & Carlos Westendorp
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Guiliano Amato
  • Prime Minister of Italy from 1992 to 1993 and from 2000 to 2001
  • Minister of the Interior (2006 to 2008)
  • Vice President of the Convention on the Future of Europe that drafted the new European Constitution.
Bakir Izetbegovic
  • Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2010
  • Consultant at an architectural consulting firm (1982 to 1992)
  • Entered politics in 2000
Wolfgang Petritsch
  • Austrian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1997)
  • European Union’s Special Envoy for Kosovo (1998 to 1999)
  • European Union’s Chief Negotiator at the Kosovo peace talks in Rambouillet and Paris (1999)
  • High Representative of the International Community for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999 to 2002)
  • Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva
Elizabeth Rehn
  • Chair of the former Board of Directors of the Association “Education from Conflict to Internationalism”
  • United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in The Republic of Croatia, FRY, Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYROM (1995 to 1998)
  • United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative of the Secretary General in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998 to 1999)
Carlos Westendorp
  • Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union (1991 to 1995)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995 to 1996)
  • Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations in New York (1996)
  • High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1997 to 1999)
Achievements Summary
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A detailed list of all achievements of UWC Mostar so far.
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Since inception in 2006 a total of over 350 Bosnian students have been educated at UWC Mostar
The mix between Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs reflects the broad ethnic mix across the entire region.
The College has been and continues to be unique throughout the whole of Bosnia in teaching students from Bosniak, Croat and Serb communities in the same classrooms, with the same teachers, in preparation for the same examinations.
Since inception in 2006 a total of over 340 International students, draw from over 60 countries all over the world, have been educated at UWC Mostar.
Of these, a total of approximately 90 students have been drawn from other (post-)conflict zones, such as Israel, Palestine, Rwanda, North Korea and Iraq
Students, whether Bosnian or International have attended on full scholarships, with selection for scholarships based purely on merit and wholly independent of political, ethnic, religious or financial background
UWC Mostar has strong academic performance compared to other IB schools, consistently achieving above average pass rates for the IB diploma
Upon completion of the IB over 70% of the students admitted to the College have subsequently been selected for academic scholarships at leading universities outside Bosnia
In addition to teaching the core curriculum, the College has developed a vast range of range of community services in which all students participate
Community services are designed to have an immediate and measurable impact on the local population – teachers, pupils and their families – exposing all students to people within the local community of all ethnicities.

National diversity

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Int Baccalaureate pass rate

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University offers

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Education in Action Foundation
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The Education in Action Foundation is the ultimate legal governor of UWC Mostar with the mission to set an example of integrated education in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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To equip the next generations of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the knowledge, skills, leadership qualities and international values necessary to bridge the ethnic divides that persist and move their nation into the 21st Century
To set an example of integrated education by providing secondary schooling open to all three ethnic groups and equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and international understanding necessary to bridge the persisting ethnic divides
Achieved through its role as the ultimate legal governing body of UWC Mostar
To increase the capacity of teachers and educators to become agents of change by giving them an insight on modern teaching methodologies, improving educational standards and spurring educational reform
Achieved through its role as the ultimate legal governing body of the Centre for the Professional Development of Teachers
Members of 'Education in Action'
Elisabeth Rehn, Lamija Tanović, Gianfranco Facco Bonetti, Jasminka Bratić, Adriaan de Mol van Otterloo, Adila Pašalić-Kreso, Ivan Lorenčič, Miljenko Perić, Magnus Persson, Hans Christof Graf von Sponeck, David Brook Sutcliffe, Andrew Watson.
Teacher training
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The Centre complements UWC Mostar in furthering the objective of bridging ethnic divides in Bosnia and Herzegovina through integrated education
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The Centre for the Professional Development of Teachers (“the Centre”) was established simultaneously with the opening of the College
The Centre promotes the mission of the Education in Action Foundation to increase the capacity of teachers and educators to become agents of change throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina
The goal of the Centre is to offer professional development to Bosnian high-school educators of all ethnicities and stimulate positive changes in the Bosnian secondary education system
The target audience includes teachers, head-teachers, Ministers of Education and representatives of pedagogical institutes.
The specific objectives are to:
  • Modernize teaching methodologies by demonstrating practical teaching solutions from the International Baccalaureate that can easily be transferred to the national curricula in Bosnia Herzegovina without additional costs
  • Improve educational standards by creating a network of faculty throughout Bosnia Herzegovina to share best practice
  • Spur educational reform by creating links with other neighbouring countries to learn from their experiences in educational reform.
As of September 2014, the Centre for the Professional Development of Teachers has delivered 20 workshops, organised six study visits to Slovenia an it ran two conferences, reaching out to over 900 participants from throughout the country
The Centre is governed alongside UWC Mostar by the Education in Action Foundation
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College life
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College life
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College life
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College life
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Students on community service visiting the refugee camp in Tasovčići
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Students on community service working with the local Roma community
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Physical site of College pre reconstruction
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Physical site of College post Reconstruction
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College Life