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Pearson College UWC


Pearson College UWC

Phone: 250.391.2411


Address: 650 Pearson College Drive

Pearson College UWC

In 1974, Pearson College UWC was founded as Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. Located on a beautiful campus along the shores of the Pacific Ocean at Pedder Bay on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we are proud that we live and learn on the traditional territory of the Scia'new (Beecher Bay) First Nation. Today, Pearson College is one of 17 UWC (United World Colleges) schools worldwide.

Like all UWCs, the College believes that its mission - "to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future" - is transformational. Pearson is a two-year pre-university school for up to 200 exceptional students aged 16 to 19 selected to represent more than 100 countries in a given year and all regions of Canada who live, study, and grow together. The majority of Pearson students attend on full or partial scholarships. To honour our commitment to deliberate diversity, many students are from regions of conflict and frequently from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds. More than 4,000 students have graduated from Pearson, and today work in a variety of professions in every corner of the world.

Pearson College UWC offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, the most recognized and respected high-school diploma in the world. One of the first schools in North America to offer the IB program, The College continues to develop curriculum, such as the IB Marine Sciences course, which has been adopted by the International Baccalaureate Organization for use around the world.

At Pearson, students are offered the opportunity to embrace a whole education - a powerful one that pays equal respect to academics, service, leadership, physical pursuits, creative expression, experiential learning and the lessons of learning and living together.

The College is a legacy of the vision of former Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1957) Lester B. Pearson. This year, the College is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Mr. Pearson being awarded the Nobel for his work in helping create the first United Nations peacekeeping force, and defusing the 1956 Suez Crisis. In his Nobel Prize Lecture, Mr. Pearson asked, "How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don't know each other?"

Pearson College UWC has volunteered since 1997 to manage the ecological reserve and facilities at Race Rocks.

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Background image and photo by Daniel Lecorre (provided by Pearson College)

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