UWC Mahindra College

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Mahindra United World College India
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campus = Rural, 175 acres (0.71 km2)
Type Independent, Coeducational, Boarding
Motto UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future
Established 1997
Head of College Pelham Lundfield Roberts
Faculty 27
Number of students 240, All boarding
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Newspaper MUWCI Times
Affiliation United World Colleges

UWC Mahindra College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) pre-university college, located 40 km west of Pune in Maharashtra, India. It is one of the 15 United World Colleges. Established in 1997, the college has a population of about 250 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 UWC Mahindra College in India as one of the now fourteen 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 Head of College, 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 Lunderfield Roberts has been the Head of College. Mr. Roberts has taught at UWC Atlantic College for many years and was the Head of School in Boca Prep International School (IES Group) in Florida, USA and Hout Bay International School (IES Group) in South Africa, and Head of College in Salem International College, Germany.


The college is located near the village of Paud in the Taluka Mulshi region of the western state of Maharastra, India. It is around 40 km from the city of Pune (which, in turn, is around 100 km south-east of Mumbai), is located at approximately 18°32′29″N 73°35′09″E / 18.54139°N 73.58583°E / 18.54139; 73.58583. The MUWCI campus is situated on a hill surrounded by the rural community and overlooking the valley of the Mula river near Mulshi Dam with beautiful panoramic views in most parts of the campus.


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

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' (literally 'the shop' in Hindi), and a newly renovated coffee shop, 'Deli-cious'. 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.

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[1] (more information here). In 2000, the campus also won the American Institute of Architects/Business Week/Architectural Record Award for excellence.[2]


A view of the academic area

UWC Mahindra College offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Motivated students can also opt for a UWC project based diploma by choosing a research project to pursue during two years of study.[3] In addition to the normal academic curriculum all first year students are required to attend a seminar each on 'This is India' and 'Global Affairs'.[3]

College Meeting, May 2005

The following courses are available at the MUWCI:[4][5]

  • 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), Mother Language Self-Taught (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 - World Religions (SL), 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)
  • Group 5: Mathematics - Further Mathematics (HL), Mathematics (HL/SL), Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • Group 6: The Arts - Visual Arts (HL/SL), Film Studies (HL/SL), Theater (HL/SL), Dance (HL/SL)


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


David Wilkinson was the founding Head of College since the inception of UWC Mahindra College in 1997. In 2009, Dr. Jonathan Long was appointed as the Head of College and remained until 2011 when Mr Pelham Lundestfield Roberts joined.[6] Dr. Cyrus Vakil is the Director of Studies, in charge of the academic happenings on campus.


  1. ^ Miller 2005, p. 23.
  2. ^ Business Week/Architectural Record award
  3. ^ a b "UWC Mahindra College - Academics". UWC Mahindra College. UWC Mahindra College. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "The International Baccalaureate Diploma". Components of the IB Diploma. Mahindra UWC of India. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ IB Diploma Programme#Subject groups
  6. ^ 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