1 April 2017, San José, Costa Rica. On 1 April 2017, the University for Peace (UPEACE) and the United World College Costa Rica (UWCCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of contributing to the more effective attainment of their common objectives. Representatives from many UWC campuses around the world joined UPEACE Acting Rector, Dean Juan Carlos Sainz Borgo, and UWCCR Executive Director Mauricio Viales, during the signing of the MoU, which solidified their existing cooperative relationship between both institutions. Over the past decade, several UWC Alumni have pursued their graduate studies at UPEACE, while many UPEACE Alumni have gone on to assume teaching and staff positions at UWCCR upon completing their graduate degree.
The UWC movement makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. In a similar vein, the overarching mission of the University for Peace is to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.
Through this MoU, UWCCR Alumni will receive a tuition waiver towards their UPEACE postgraduate degree. Furthermore, UPEACE students will be able to carry out their internships, which make up an integral part of their academic experience, on the UWCCR campus, thus allowing them to apply the knowledge they have acquired at UPEACE within a practical setting.
The University for Peace welcome this opportunity to work alongside the UWC movement and welcomes UWCCR to the UPEACE Family.