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United World College in Mostar

United World College in Mostar
Španski trg 1,
Herzegovina-Neretva Canton,
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Type International Baccalaureate
Established September 2006
President Elizabeth Rehn
Headmaster Valentina Mindoljevic
Number of students around 100
Affiliation United World Colleges

The United World College in Mostar (UWC Mostar)(Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: Koledž Ujedinjenog svijeta u Mostaru) was established in 2006 and officially opened by Queen Noor of Jordan. UWC Mostar is the first UWC with an explicit aim to contribute to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society and also the first to be housed within an existing public school (see also Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina).[1] UWC Mostar is the twelfth college in the United World Colleges family and the fourth college in Europe.

UWC Mostar was founded as a joint initiative of UWC and the International Baccalaureate Organization with the aim to support the peace process in the country and the region. The college is implementing recognizable model of post-conflict education, practically demonstrating a convincing, fully integrated curriculum, thus offering a milestone for broader educational reform in the county and the region. From January 2011, UWCiM is part of Foundation Education in Action which is a legal successor of UWC-IB Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UWC Mostar shares the building with Gimnazija Mostar. Before the war this school, also known as the Old Gymnasium, built in 1898 during the Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was one of the finest schools in ex-Yugoslavia.[2] However, as consequence of the Bosnian War, nowadays Gymnasium Mostar teaches two national separate secondary school curricula, intended for Croat and Bosniak students.[3] UWC Mostar students come from all ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as from the region and abroad.[4] All students live, study and serve the community together creating a unique example of integrated education in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The college also serves as the Centre for Professional Development of Teachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina who receive training in international educational standards.

The main objectives of UWC Mostar are to:

  • Demonstrate a convincing classroom model for a wider education reform in BiH
  • Participate in the dialogue on post-conflict education and curricular development in BiH and beyond
  • Foster mutual understanding in the still divided City of Mostar.
  • Use the compulsory social service and activity programme (CAS) to help integration process and community building in Mostar and beyond


The UWC Mostar is located in Mostar, which is the centre of Herzegovina, an historic region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar is widely known by the famous Old Bridge (Stari Most), originally built in 1566, destroyed by HVO forces during the Bosnian War in 1993 and rebuilt in 2004. Mostar was chosen for hosting UWC as the most striking example of the post-war ethnic division and tensions.


The UWC Mostar is located in the city center. The classes for UWC Mostar students take place in state-of-the-art science labs (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) and classrooms, including a fully equipped IT room and a spacious library in the attic shared with Gymnasium Mostar. College assemblies and meetings take place in a spacious study room called the “Spanish Room”, which is also used as a provisional library and reading room with many periodicals and news magazines for students. The Gymnasium Mostar indoor and outdoor sport facilities, including gym, football/handball pitch, volleyball playground, running track and long jump section, are also on UWC Mostar student disposal. The UWC Mostar Language department is based in an additional college building in a walking distance from the college, as well as the College canteen. The Visual Arts and Theatre Arts Studios and Music Room, are located within one of the students’ residences.

Unlike most other UWCs, UWC Mostar does not have its own campus - students live in two big residences in different parts of the still post-war divided City of Mostar.

IB DP curriculum

UWC Mostar is an IB World School since September 2006. It offers International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) in English. In the school year 2011/2012 the UWCiM runs these IB Courses:

Creativity, Action, Service- CAS Programme

The CAS programme at UWC Mostar has the ambitious goal to establish and maintain strong relationships with various local institutions. The UWC Mostar community service programme aims to contribute to the integration processes in Mostar, focusing its efforts on working with underprivileged social groups such as refugees, children with special needs, Roma population, orphans and elderly. Through UWC Mostar CAS Programme, students become more aware of their actions contributing to the process of strengthening the society, making it more connected thus richer. At the same time, students recognize the beneficial impact of CAS activities on their ethical development and maturity. Through joint participation in various CAS projects students learn how to value diversity and difference also fostering youth voluntary action in Mostar and beyond.

Creativities: Model United Nations, Astronomy, School Band, Debating Club, International Cooking, UWC Links Group, AB initio languages, Community Theatre, Visual Arts, Choir, Craft, Robotics, Global Awareness, Mediation, Fashion, School Promotion Group

Actions: Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Football, Rugby, Skateboarding, Hiking & Cycling, Modern Dance, Ballroom Dance, Belly Dance, Yoga, Judo & Taek Won Do,

(Social) Services: Kindergarten Radobolja, SOS Kindergarten and Family Centre, Home for children without parental care “Egyptian Village”, Centre for people with special needs “Los Rosales”, Caritas’ Centre for children with Special Needs “Holy Family”, Primary School for Children with Special Needs, Refugee camp Tasovčić, Ecology Group, UWC Mostar Labs and Library maintenance, IT lab lessons, Mostar Peer Support (MOPS), UWC Mostar Green House, Parent’s Association of children with Special needs “Sunce”, Amnesty International Group, Fun with Elderly

Student body

In academic year 2012/2013 the College is attended by 142 students from 36 countries of the world. Student body consist of 88 girls and 54 boys.

Afghanistan (2), Albania (2), Austria (4), B&H (63), Belarus (1), Belgium (1), Brazil (2), China (2), Czech Republic (2), Croatia (1), Egypt (2), Ethiopia (1), Finland (1), France (3), Germany (7), Greece (1), Iraq (1), Israel (5), Kosovo (1), Macedonia (2), Montenegro (3), Namibia (1), North Korea (1), Norway (3), Pakistan (1), Poland (1), Russia (2), Serbia (2), Slovakia (2), Spain (4), Swaziland (1), The Netherlands (6), Turkey (2), United Kingdom (4), United States of America (6).

Head teachers

  • 2006-2010: Paul Regan
  • 2010–Present: Valentina Mindoljević


External links

  • Official United World College in Mostar website
  • United World College in Mostar
  • Скрбич М. Мир под одной крышей. Skrbic M. The World Under One Roof // Transitions Online. 28 February 2007.
  • Queen Noor marks the Official Opening of UWC in Mostar // The Royal Family of Jordan. 4 July 2007.
  • „Weltschule“ in Mostar. "World College" in Mostar. // 2007-11-08.
  • UWC Graduation Ceremony in Mostar // OneWorld Southeast Europe.

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