UWC Mahindra College
|Mahindra United World College India|
|Type||Independent, Coeducational, Boarding|
|Motto||UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future|
|Head of College||Pelham Lindfield Roberts|
|Number of students||240, All boarding|
|Student to teacher ratio||9:1|
|Campus||Rural, 175 acres (0.71 km2)|
|Affiliation||United World Colleges|
Mahindra United World College India is one of the 14 United World Colleges, located 40km west of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Established in 1997, the college has a population of about 200 students from all around the world who live together on campus for two years. Alongside academic performance, international experience and community service play a central role in the school's educational concept.
On 28 November 1997, Queen Noor of Jordan and Nelson Mandela inaugurated the Mahindra United World College of India as one of the now twelve United World Colleges (UWC) and the third UWC in Asia. It had been made possible largely due to financial donations (approximately US$8m) and personal efforts by the Mahindra industrial family (especially the late Harish Mahindra, deceased 1999).
The founding principal Dr. David Wilkinson had previously founded the Li Po Chun UWC in Hong Kong, together with his wife, Dr. Veronica Wilkinson. In 2009, Dr Jonathan Long, a well known educator from the UK, became the head of the college. Since 2011, Mr Pelham Lindfield Roberts has been the headmaster.
The college is located near the village of Paud in the Taluka Mulshi region of the western state of Maharastra, India. It is around 40km from the city of Pune (which, in turn, is around 100 km south-east of Mumbai), is located at approximately . The MUWCI campus is situated in rural area on a hill overlooking the valley of the Mula river near Mulshi Dam with a beautiful view of the valley in most parts of the campus.
The campus is generally divided into two separate parts. One of the parts is the residential area. The residential area has five separate living areas called 'wadas'. Each wada houses students as well as faculty. This area also has the social center, the medical center, the gymnasium and sports facilities. The social center has a pool table, two ping-pong tables, a student run shop, called 'the Dukaan', and a coffee shop. The medical center has 16 beds. Among the sports facilities is a swimming pool, a football field and a tennis court, which doubles up as an area for playing 'Cage Football', a popular student-run activity. There is also a basketball court and nets for cricket practice.
The academic area consists of classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, art studios, the library and a number of lawns. Most of the classrooms are located in a building known as the Academic Quadrangle, which also houses four staff rooms. There are five laboratories, which are located in the science block. The administrative area houses the offices of the Head of College, the Director of Studies, the finance department, the administration department and the transport department. The main administrative building also houses the reprographics section and the conference room. The Multi-Purpose Hall, which is the venue of social events and examinations, is located in the Academic Area. In between both the areas lies the cafeteria, which is operated by Sodexo. The cafeteria provides lunch, breakfast and dinner to all students, faculty and staff in the school. On school days the cafeteria provides an additional snack to students.
The campus of the school was designed by architect Christopher Charles Benninger. The design incorporates traditional elements and local building materials and won him the Designer of the Year award in 1998 (more information here). In 2000, the campus also won the American Institute of Architects/Business Week/Architectural Record Award for excellence.
Students in UWC Mahindra College represent many different nationalities. The batch of 2013-2014 represents 56 countries.
From its founding in 1997, the headmaster was Dr. David Wilkinson. Since 2009, the headmaster of the college was Dr. Jonathan Long until 2011, when Mr Pelham Lindfield Roberts was appointed. Dr. Cyrus Vakil is the Director of Studies, in charge of the academic happenings on campus.