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We just have to share great stories about our alumni with you!Marwan Safar Jalani comes from Syria and is a UWC Mostar alum, Class of 2016. Marwan graduated from Yale University and received a Rhodes scholarship for his Master's degree at University of Oxford. He left war torn Syria in 2012, moving to Egypt, then Turkey, before coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina to study at UWC Mostar. While living in Mostar, Marwan established many friendships but also became acquainted with the war and the divisions that are still visible and in his time after UWC Mostar still carried on the UWC mission and values in finding a way to unite people and helping them coexist.At Yale University, this was the topic of his dissertation “Post-Conflict Inter-ethnic Initiatives”. His thesis topic included the effects of territorial divisions on the operations of inter-ethnic youth initiatives in Mostar and Brcko. Marwan found inspiring the generosity of his interviewees with their time, knowledge and resources. It was another affirmation of how energetic and generous youth organizations are in the region, and how they are a symbol of hope, specifically in Bosnia and Herzegovina. An important finding of his research was that, where there is institutional and territorial division, initiatives that are established to support the youth from different ethnic and religious backgrounds become powerful multigenerational agents of change, spearheading other similar initiatives, and creating a unified civic culture that crosses the boundaries of ethnic divide.Marwan's current Master's dissertation is about the effects of sequencing of post-conflict peacebuilding policies on peace outcomes in multiethnic communities. Marwan also had a message to share with UWC Mostar students:"Enjoy being in Mostar. It's one of the most special places in the world that will teach you about your interests and passions, about your responsibility towards the society around you, and about the value of feeling a sense of belonging in a community outside your home. Learn both in the classroom and from your peers. If you're an international student, make sure you learn about the history of the country, to make friends with local students and people in Mostar, and to learn some of the local language. Most importantly, don't forget to check-in with yourself every once in a while, take care of your mental health, and have a lot of fun along the way!"Thank you Marwan and best of luck in the future ❤ ️ ... See MoreSee Less
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UWC Mostar Call for Tenders

UWC Mostar announces call for tenders for submission of competitive bids: - 1. For leasing of real estate property for accommodation of UWC Mostar students - 2. For providing food catering services for UWC Mostar students. The call is open for local applications for 30 days from the day of this announcement.

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What is UWC?

UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Who we are

Entering the Mostar Gimnazija in 2006, our school building was still partly in ruin from a war that had ended only a decade before. Now, after more than twenty years of peace, UWC Mostar stands as a bright model for post-conflict education and reconciliation. Though national divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina persist — we are still the only school in the country where Bosniak, Croat, and Serb youth live and go to school together — the college has affirmatively grounded itself in our community. And with nearly 200 students from 60 countries, staff from 10 countries, and with 608 alumni all around the world, the global family of UWC Mostar grows year by year.

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Learning in Mostar

We learn in Mostar through late night talks in rooms, on walks from residence to school, sharing coffee with refugees in service activities, collecting oral histories for Balkan Studies projects, in buses traveling around the region for project weeks and, of course, through inspiring classes that aim to reimagine our relationships with facts and ideas that shape these worlds outside the classroom. While the International Baccalaureate forms the foundation for academics, any UWC Mostar student will tell you that the intellectual and emotional growth you undergo here cannot be contained by the IB. We are committed to the fact that learning takes place in the everyday.

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At UWC Mostar, the city is our campus, and our campus is the city. Unique amongst UWCs, our students and staff live all around the city of Mostar. We share our main school building with the Mostar Gimnazija, one of the best secondary schools in the country. Our cultural performances are held in a city youth center. Teachers and students meet in local coffee shops to discuss academics and plan the community festivals we host for the community. Weekends at the Croatian seaside or music at the Sarajevo Jazz Festival are a short bus ride away. Integration and engagement are essential practices, core to our daily existence.

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