UWC Mahindra College

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Mahindra United World College India
UWC Mahindra College Logo.png
Coordinates 18.543678, 73.583175
Type Independent, Coeducational, Boarding
Motto UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future
Established 1997
Chairman Anand Mahindra
Head of College Pelham Lindfield Roberts
Faculty 27
Number of students 240, (boarding)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus Rural, 175 acres (0.71 km2)
Nickname MUWCI
National ranking

AAAAA(Careers360 2016)

1# Boarding School in Maharashtra
Newspaper MUWCI Times

United World Colleges



UWC Mahindra College is an pre-university International Boarding School, located 40 km west of Pune in Maharashtra, India. It follows the International Baccalaureate (IB). It is one of the 16 United World Colleges. Established in 1997, by the patron of Mahindra Group, Harish Mahindra. The Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra is the current Chairman of the School. The college is a two-year programme with about 250 full-time boarders.


On 28 November 1997, Queen Noor of Jordan and Nelson Mandela inaugurated the UWC Mahindra College in India as one of the now sixteen United World Colleges (UWC) and the third UWC in Asia. The school was largely funded by donations (approximately US $8m) from the Mahindra family, especially Harish Mahindra.[citation needed]

The founding Head of College, David Wilkinson, had previously founded the Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong together with his wife Veronica Wilkinson. In 2009, Jonathan Long became the Head of the College. Since 2011, Pelham Lindfield Roberts has been the Head of College.[citation needed]


The college is located near the village of Paud in the Taluka Mulshi region of the western state of Maharashtra, India. It is around 40 km from the city of Pune (which, in turn, is around 100 km south-east of Mumbai). The MUWCI campus is situated on a hill surrounded by rural communities and overlooking the valley of the Mula river near Mulshi Dam.

The living Quarters are divided into Residential Colleges called "Vadas". The Vada`s each are headed by Housemasters known as House Parents, Who are also part of the teaching staff.

View of one of the staircases leading to the main academic quadrangle.

The campus is divided into a residential and an academic area. The campus of the school was designed by architect Christopher Charles Benninger. The design incorporates traditional elements and local building materials.[2][3]


A view of the academic area

UWC Mahindra College offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students can also opt for a UWC Project Based Diploma by choosing a research project to pursue during two years of study.[4]

College Meeting, May 2005

The following IB subjects are available at MUWCI:[5][6]

  • Group 1: The Students' Best Language - English Literature (HL/SL), English Literature and Language (HL/SL), English Literature and Performance (SL), Spanish Literature (HL/SL), Hindi Literature (HL/SL), Language Self-Taught (HL/SL)
  • Group 2: Modern Language Acquisition - English B (HL/SL), Hindi B (HL), Beginner's Hindi (SL), Spanish B (HL/SL), Beginner's Spanish (SL)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies - Psychology (HL/SL), Philosophy (HL/SL), Global Politics (HL), History (HL/SL), Economics (HL/SL)
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences - Physics (HL), Chemistry (HL/SL), Biology (HL/SL), Environmental Systems and Societies (SL), Computer Science (HL/SL).
  • Group 5: Mathematics - Mathematics (HL/SL), Mathematical Studies (1 year or 2 years) (SL)
  • Group 6: The Arts - Visual Arts (HL/SL), Film Studies (HL/SL), Theater (HL/SL). Apart from formal subjects, the CAS component (known as Triveni at MUWCI) forms a significant part of the students' educational learning experience.

Apart from this, the college also offers the Cambridge Program.


Students in UWC Mahindra College represent many different nationalities. The batch of 2014-2015 represents over 56 countries.


Students are nominated to Mahindra UWC college by the United World College Committee of India after a rigorous Selection Process. The application process starts in mid-August and is administered by the UWC Committee. The candidates are shortlisted based on merit and are invited to attend the UWC Selection Camp,a comprehensive Two-Day long event, which is held at MUWCI campus in Pune. During the camp, various activities are conducted including panel interviews, Group Discussions, Sports, Object-Presentation or Public Speaking and various written and computer based exams.

Based on the students performance the committee nominates students to Mahindra UWC.


David Wilkinson was the founding Head of College since the inception of UWC Mahindra College in 1997. In 2009, Jonathan Long was appointed as the Head of College and remained until 2011, when Pelham Lindfield Roberts joined.[7]



  1. ^ www.careers360.com. "Top Schools in Maharashtra 2016". Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  2. ^ Miller 2005, p. 23. (more information here)
  3. ^ Business Week/Architectural Record award
  4. ^ "UWC Mahindra College - Academics". UWC Mahindra College. UWC Mahindra College. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "The International Baccalaureate Diploma". Components of the IB Diploma. Mahindra UWC of India. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ IB Diploma Programme#Subject groups
  7. ^ A message from the Board of Governors of UWCMC

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Coordinates: 18°32′29″N 73°35′09″E / 18.54139°N 73.58583°E / 18.54139; 73.58583