United World College in Mostar

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United World College in Mostar (UWC)
Gymnasium Mostar 1898-1902 Gimnazija Mostar damaged B-War renovated 2009 United World College Foto Wolfgang Pehlemann DSCN6157.jpg
United World College in Mostar


Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates 43°20′35″N17°48′26″E / 43.343007°N 17.807290°E / 43.343007; 17.807290 Coordinates: 43°20′35″N17°48′26″E / 43.343007°N 17.807290°E / 43.343007; 17.807290
Type International Baccalaureate
EstablishedSeptember 2006
President Elizabeth Rehn
HeadteacherSonia Rawat
Number of students165 up to 200
Affiliation United World Colleges
Website www.uwcmostar.ba

The United World College in Mostar (UWC Mostar)(Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Latin: Koledž Ujedinjenog svijeta u Mostaru) is a part of the United World College, founded by Elisatheth Rehn (UN Special Rapporteur on the Secretary General for the United Nations Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina 1995-1999) and Lamija Tanović (Chair, Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina) 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 (key founding members Elisabeth Rehn and Lamija Tanović) 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. From January 2011, UWC Mostar is part of Foundation Education in Action which is a legal successor of UWC-IB Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Chair of the Governing Board is Pilvi Torsti, Chair of the College Board is Jasminka Bratić (member of Governing Board too.

UWC Mostar (165-200 students) shares the building with Gimnazija Mostar (approx. 650 students). Before the war this school, also known as the Old Gymnasium, built in 1898 - 1902 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.


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The Old Bridge in Mostar

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.

Unlike most other UWCs, UWC Mostar does not have an isolated campus - students live in three residences in different parts of the 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 2017/2018 UWC Mostar runs these IB Courses:

Creativity, Action, Service- CAS Programme

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, Improvisational Theatre

Actions: Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Football, Rugby, Hiking & Cycling, Modern Dance, Ballroom 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

Students of UWC Mostar displaying their country flags from the Stari Most bridge on 7 October 2018 UWC Mostar Flag Day, Stari Most.jpg
Students of UWC Mostar displaying their country flags from the Stari Most bridge on 7 October 2018

In academic year 2020/2021 the College is attended by 193 students from 58 countries of the world.

Head teachers

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