大家好，我是鍾欣彤(Jill)，就讀新竹女中高二。今年很榮幸能被世界聯合學院 (UWC) 台灣理事會錄取，將前往位於加拿大的分校就讀兩年國際大學預科文憑課程(IB)。
UWC聚集來自世界各地的高中生，以教育團結不同國家、民族和文化，促進世界和平和人類的永續發展。一次偶然我參加了Lead For Taiwan舉辦的「思辨論壇」，我發現有價值與能力是比「會考試」更重要的，同時身邊有朋友是分數到哪就念什麼系，又或花了18年在念書，卻要在短短幾天決定未來要念的系，才發現臺灣教育什麼都教，但在思考與邏輯論證方面仍比行之有年的國外缺乏。我在臺灣學生「尋自我」的旅程上看見努力的方向，UWC讓我看到教育能有的可能性，以及學成歸臺後回饋我成長的家鄉的機會。
身為高敏感族(High Sensitive People)，我對生命意義的思索和對他人心理狀態的同理比一般人感受強烈許多，「什麼是好的人生？」，諸如此類不易回答的問題在我看來卻是能提升幸福感的重要因素。Z世代的我們常有對未來的焦慮，或對自我探索的迷惘。在多元價值觀充斥的現代社會，人們的心理狀態成為需要更關注的新健康。我正在「成為有故事的人」的路上，希望在人們，特別是Z世代，遇到茫然不可解的問題時，適時分享經驗或建議，為提升人們的幸福感或追尋價值盡心力。
例如荷蘭分校舉辦的The International Peace Conference，連結世界的學生討論和平議題。但我的平台會關注較多在臺灣學生的參與上。
我希望在寒暑假回國時能進入校園，將UWC帶給我的，盡力將這份機會傳承下去。像「為臺灣而教Teach For Taiwan」的創辦人劉安婷一樣深入偏鄉學校分享，讓台灣學生了解有不一樣的方式，走向踏入社會的路。
世界聯合學院(United World College，簡稱UWC)是從1962年開始的全球性教育運動，現今在全球有18間分校，接收159個不同國家與區域的學生。
UWC是國際大學預科文憑 IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) 的三間創始校之一。IB被譽為全世界最難的高中課程，課程核心是思辨與獨立思考。但UWC也同樣重視學生的課外活動與生命意義的探索，例如每學期破百小時的社會服務 (CAS)。
整體而論， UWC 相信「經由親身參與的方式、培養學生看重公眾利益」的價值觀，是對整個世界的正面發展，具有龐大影響力的。這樣學習的過程，就像是在學生心中種下一顆希望的種子，期望學生在人生的道路上，時時刻刻地為我們的世界盡一份心力。
而這個價值觀的養成與實踐，或許才是 UWC 會被哈佛大學教育研究所，選為「全球十大有影響力教育機構」的真正原因。
諾貝爾和平獎：1974年，Pearson College UWC是為了紀念獲頒諾貝爾和平獎的前加拿大總理萊斯特．B．皮爾森，延續他和平與全球合作願景，並繼承柯漢博士的理念而創立。
海洋保育：皮爾森校區位於加拿大第一民族的傳統領地內，也位於瑞斯礁岩（Race Rocks） 生態保護區。
- Pearson College UWC (加拿大分校)兩年學費共272萬台幣(100%)
- 預計回饋時間：2022 一月 (因疫情可能無法在學期間出入校園，敬請見諒)
以下是我的電子郵件地址和 IG 帳號，如果有疑惑，請直接跟我聯絡。
Instagram account (IG): @jill_yu_ki
Lead For Taiwan的FB：https://www.facebook.com/LeadForTaiwan/
Aspiring to contribute to Taiwanese society and beyond, I strived for this excellent opportunity to study in an international high school in Canada named United World College (UWC). Despite the scholarship and financial support from my parents, I still need to raise 430,000NT for my tuition. The most admirable thing at UWC is the people from all over the world. I will learn more profoundly and broadly through precious experiences with curiosity towards different cultures and societies. I will embrace and overcome challenges and keep my faith in contributing to the community.
Hello everyone! My name is Jill. I am from Taiwan and currently studying in grade 11 at National Hsinchu Girls’ Senior High School. This year, I am honored to be accepted to the United World College by UWC Taiwan National Committee. I will be going to Pearson College UWC in Canada, one of its 18 campuses worldwide, to study International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) for two years.
UWC (United World Colleges) gathers high school students worldwide and is a global educational movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
I knew UWC from a deliberative forum held by an educational NGO named Lead For Taiwan. Participating in this educational event, I realized that the values and abilities of a person are much more important than getting good grades on tests. That is because everyone is different, and their importance should not be determined simply by their academic performances. I have seen a new possibility at UWC, where students can explore their passions and be valued in many different ways. I am keen on immersing myself in this educational environment provided by UWC and bringing more positive changes to my country after graduating.
I believe consistent action can bring positive changes to our society.
IB is known for its profound critical and systematic thinking education and cultivating a student’s global vision. With the 2030 bilingual policy in Taiwan and seeing many high schoolers desiring to study abroad, I want to promote the IB program to the public school system to provide Taiwanese students with quality education. Most importantly, I hope to share my UWC experience with more people in Taiwan and let them know that excellent education can also be accessible and affordable.
Besides, I plan on creating an online space where Taiwanese students have an opportunity to discuss and exchange viewpoints regarding global issues, such as Myanmar’s military coup and Belarusian protests against the President, with UWC students from over 90 countries. Similarly, I will also attend panel discussions organized by my classmates and share my perspectives as a Taiwanese.
I am eager to take action and be the change I want to see in the world. I believe that I can do it. My ability to put things into action, curiosity about the world, and continuous self-exploration will guide me through this meaningful process. This time, I want to reach out to you for help, fundraising 430,000NT for my tuition. Your donation and support will mean a lot to me and help me make my dream come true. Together, we can make the world a better place!
First, I would like to thank UWC for offering me a scholarship that will cover up to 70% of my tuition. After I have discussed it with my family, unfortunately, they can only afford 15% of the remaining cost. I don’t want to give up this excellent opportunity to study at UWC. Therefore, I hoped to seek help from you and decided to fundraise the rest of the expense by myself. (15% = 400,000NT)
I’m good at social observation and sensitivity to global issues. I am eager to bring changes and things into action. Over the past few years, I have launched street cleanup events, advocated the importance of protecting algal reef protection at school, and volunteered for various educational events by Lead For Taiwan. From these experiences, I have found my passion and aspiration for social service, making people’s lives and society better.
I’ve been actively participating in camps and courses related to critical thinking education and leadership development. I also worked with some ardent students to set up a stall promoting education startups in the educational exhibition of National Cheng Kung University. I am keen on continuing my passion for education and sharpening my skills at UWC, hoping to make more contributions to the Taiwanese educational field.
As a highly sensitive person, I’m introspective and care about mental health. “What is a good life?” This kind of question is the factor that can increase our happiness. The generation of 1995-2009 constantly feel anxious about the future. Modern society fills with various voices, which raises my awareness of human’s mental health. I’m on the path of becoming a person with stories because I hope to share my experiences, maybe will be an inspiration in some students’ lives.
I took part in “Teen Diplomatic Envoys” as a school representative in 2020. I joined this competition because I wanted to deeply understand Taiwan’s diplomatic relations with other nations and represent my country to communicate with people worldwide. In fact, we knew this competition at the application deadline. We decided to participate, but the registration form needs the school’s stamp. However, the administration of my high school told me they at least need one day to run the process. We decided to give it a shot. We contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask if it would be possible to register for the competition. Finally, we succeeded in signing up for this event.
I want to step out of my comfort zone. By immersing myself in an international environment with diverse values, I am eager to know how the world works and further reflect on how I have seen it. I believe this will equip me with the ability to think critically and thoughtfully when I try to solve social problems in the future.
When it comes to some sensitive topics such as Taiwan’s sovereignty or South China Sea dispute, studying at UWC will enable me to talk to people from those related countries in person. UWC will also be a platform to discuss these topics and share our viewpoints peacefully and objectively with one another.
The 21st century is an era when everyone needs to find their place in this global village. UWC gives me an excellent opportunity to broaden my horizons and reflect on myself, enabling me to think about how I can contribute and help those in need.
“Project Week” is where UWC students can experience what they’ve been learning and explore more knowledge outside textbooks. Students have to discover problems and plan to solve them on their own. With facing challenges at UWC for two years, I hope to improve my problem-solving abilities, and cultivate interdisciplinary skills to influence the world positively.
UWC students come from all over the world. We're here studying and living together because we believe in UWC's mission and values - to make the world a better place. We have the responsibility to accomplish that, hoping to share our kind love with our world. This is what makes us stronger.
With determination and ambition, I want to let more Taiwanese know about the UWC movement and bring UWC's mission and values to the world, hoping to impact people positively.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a widely implemented education program, founded to give students age 3 to 19 the opportunity to receive an education fit for a globalizing world. Taiwan has 8 private schools and 1 public school which use IB as formal curricular right now. Meanwhile, there are other schools which want to become IB authorized schools.
I want to dedicate myself to understanding this form of global education, as it is known for its profound critical and systematic thinking education and cultivating a student’s global vision. I want to promote possibilities for a quality education that can also be accessible and affordable.
On top of that, I will connect the UWC branches and Taiwanese teachers who are interested in IB. By inviting them to UWC branches, we can work on promoting IB to Taiwan together.
I plan on creating an online space where Taiwanese students have an opportunity to discuss and exchange viewpoints regarding global issues, such as Myanmar’s military coup and Belarusian protests against the President, with UWC students from over 90 countries. Similarly, I will also attend panel discussions organized by my classmates and share my perspectives as a Taiwanese.
Take The International Peace Conference held by students from UWC Maastricht for example, It provides a climate in which youth can meet and exchange ideas concerning the achievement of peace. It may be beneficial for Taiwanese students to have similar opportunities.
I will hold critical thinking and leadership related camp or courses when I come back to Taiwan, like other Taiwanese UWC alumni. I will go into campus to promote speculative education by holding soft power related training and activities.
I want to pass down what UWC provided to me. By holding sharing around Taiwan, especially in the remote schools, I hope to give Taiwanese students an inspiration that there is another way to choose when they are planning for their future.
I am going to conduct research about UWC and other countries’ education to find out what Taiwan can learn from and share the education resources to the world.
My English teacher from the UK once said that when he was back in the UK, he seldom heard Taiwan and acknowledged Taiwan as Chinese Taipei or a province of China. I as a representative of Taiwan who conduct people-to-people diplomacy do not need to have special status. I grew up in Taiwan and I can introduce Taiwan to others. There are many different groups in Taiwan and Taiwan has many interests worth sharing such as freedom of the press, democracy and environmental policies. I want to share them with people from all over the world.
UWC students have the potential to become influential figures. Standing out and communicating with others, while learning from other countries, will be a valuable experience.
During Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang’s acceptance remarks, she said the award demonstrates global recognition of Taiwan’s commitment to promoting social innovation, which has played a vital part in strengthening the government’s response to COVID-19. The country embraces the values of freedom, openness and democracy and is willing and able to share its experiences with countries around the world in line with the Taiwan Can Help spirit.
To sum up, UWC gives me the challenge to be the change which exactly is what I want to achieve and pursue.
UWC has been a global education movement since 1962, now with 18 schools and colleges around the world. UWC selects students from 159 countries in the world.
Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, founded the UWC after experiencing a deep misunderstanding that surrounded the cold war. UWC aims to bring together young people from different nations, religions, socioeconomic status to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. All students will benefit from learning in a diverse environment that helps to broaden their mind and sense of self - alongside gaining an internationally recognized qualification.
UWC colleges teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as their formal curriculum, a qualification that UWC played a major part in developing, while also emphasizing the importance of experiential learning, critical and independent thinking.
UWC also emphasizes community service and outdoor activities. Take “CAS” for example, this is the social services and extra-curricular that students need to achieve more than 100 hours per semester. CAS demonstrates that a UWC education is not simply a series of academic challenges, but an approach for life: developing concern and compassion for others. CAS allows students to put their learning from inside the classroom into context.
UWC believes that students will be able to influence the world positively through experiential learning and community service. This is why UWC is marked as a “Top 10 influential education institution in the world” by Harvard.
UWC college students are selected domestically, through UWC’s unique national committee system.
Selection is independent of the student’s socioeconomic means.
Due to the distribution of scholarships, students cannot decide which branch they are going to attend.
Lester B. Pearson – Pearson College UWC was created to honor the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lester B. Pearson, a former prime minister of Canada, whose vision of peace and global cooperation inspired the founders of the school.
Ecological Reserve – Pearson College UWC acts as the eco guardian for the world-renowned Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and located on the mild west coast of Canada on the traditional territory of the Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation.
Remark: The reason why I placed Pearson College UWC on my preference of branches is because I want to see more by experiencing different cultures and social atmosphere. I prioritized the branches which are not in Asia. Pearson College UWC has a Spiritual Centre because they respect the environment and care about the spiritual environment. This is what attracted me.
The tuition of Pearson College UWC for 2 years is 122,720CAD=2,720,000NTD(100%)
Thank UWC for offering me a 70% scholarship.
Thank my father for supporting me 15% of tuition (400,000NTD) and living expenses.
Thank my mother for supporting my flights.
I will work part-time to earn the money for the perks this summer vacation.
The part of insufficient tuition is about 15% (400,000NTD).
Hope to gather everyone’s help to raise the remaining tuition.
(The total amount I need to raise is 430,000NTD because I need to pay this platform 8% as feedback.)
I am ready to pursue what I mention above with my enthusiasm. I could not achieve this with your support and help, so I prepared some perks to show my gratitude.
-Estimated time of completion: September 2021
-Estimated time of completion: January 2022
UWC Newsletter: This newsletter will include my IB learning reflection, CAS experiences, UWC stories, UWC activities and festival, a report about First Nation in Canada, my study plan or goals and album…
-Estimated time of completion: the vacation after every semester (January or July)
-Estimated time of completion: January 2022 (Because of the pandemic, students may not be allowed to leave the campus. Sorry for that.)
One-year life video: At the end of first year, I will make a video about my experiences and insights throughout a year. The video will include experiential learning, extracurricular activities (e.g. Kayaking, Paddle sport, Sailing, Greenhouse, Hiking…) , project week and campus environment.
Canadian mission: As long as it is within my ability, I will complete it for you as much as possible, for instance, I can be your guide when you come to Vancouver Island. The follow-up task will be discussed by email.
-Estimated time of completion: June 2023
Following is my contact information, Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!
Instagram account (IG): @jill_yu_ki
Thank you for your time. Even with relative financial difficulties, I want to push myself to see more and step into an international classroom. I hope to share my experiences, and successfully raise the tuition from your support. If anyone is interested in my fundraising project, please share the link with them. Again, I am always here to answer your questions.
Have a nice day :D
The website of UWC Taiwan: https://www.tw.uwc.org/about?lang=tw
The FB of UWC Taiwan: https://www.facebook.com/uwctaiwan
The IG of UWC Taiwan: https://www.instagram.com/uwctaiwan/
The website of Pearson College UWC:https://www.pearsoncollege.ca/
The FB of Pearson College UWC:https://www.facebook.com/PearsonUWC
The website of United World College:https://www.uwc.org/