UWC Scholarship For Nepali Students

Scholarship For Nepali Students for +2, diploma, undergraduate, graduate


UWC National Committee of Nepal is one of the 124 national committees around the world. The national committees are composed largely of UWC graduates of the respective nationalities. The committee may also include the parents of the students, educationists, community leaders and other interested supporters of UWCs. Around 1500 students are selected every year now to attend UWCs by these national committees. Apart from selecting students for UWCs, many committees also raise funds to supplement the scholarships and conduct other UWC outreach programs such as UWC Short Courses.

The history of the committee in Nepal goes back to the first selection that happened in 1982 by an informal selection committee. Two students were selected to attend Armand Hammer UWC in the USA. Since then, Nepalese students have attended UWCs on a fairly regular basis. The first official UWC National Committee of Nepal was formed in 1999. It got registered in the year 2002. The number of Nepalese graduates has reached over a hundred.


Nepali UWCers, upon graduation, are directly listed as members of the National Committee. The core Executive Committee is formed of nine members elected during the Annual General Meeting every 4th year. This Executive Committee has been holding meetings about 6-7 times a year for purposes ranging from planning and budgeting to selection, orientations and gatherings.

There is at least one gathering held every summer in Kathmandu in order to bring the students and graduates together.
NTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

The International Baccalaureate is a high-school level diploma. The curriculum is used by over 400 schools throughout the world, including all the UWCs.

The curriculum consists of study of six subjects and fulfillment of three core areas.
Subjects:
Group 1: Language A1
Group 2: Language Ab initio, B or A2
Group 3: Mathematics
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Group 5: Individuals and Societies
Group 6: Arts

All candidates study at least 6 subjects. They must study one subject under each of the first 5 groups. For their sixth subject, students can take either a group 6 subject or a second subject from the first 4 groups.

The IB Curriculum in Detail

SUBJECTS

Group 1: Language A1

All students must take a Language A1. This is the student’s best or first language. In the course of study, students not only learn about the literature and culture related to their best language, but also through the ?World Literature? component get an insight into other cultures. The course is designed to develop in a student independent thinking, literary imagination, analytical skills, creative expression and convincing language. Where a student’s mother tongue is not taught, students also have the option of studying a ?self-taught? language. Though most of the study of a ?self-taught? language is completed independently, students do receive guidance by teachings in ?World Literature?.

Group 2: Language Ab Intio, B or A2

In addition to a first language course, students must also study a second language which is expected to be useful in a wide range of needs and contexts. Students can study a second language at the following three levels:

Ab Initio: This involves the study of a language from its basics. One can choose this option if he/she has wants to learn a new language in which he/she has no background.

Language B: This level is for a language in which the student has some background but wants significant improvement in. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication.

Language A2: This course is offered for students who are nearly fluent in a language. This needs a good background and previous study in the language. This level involves studies in both literary and non-literary areas. Group 3: Individuals and Societies

This group involves the study of subjects that popularly fall under ?humanities? or ?social sciences?. Students are expected to develop both local and global perspectives in the understanding of ?change and continuity as well as of similarity and difference? (Pearson College Website). The study involves evaluation the major theories, concepts and research findings in the area, and the learning of methodology in each discipline.

At UWCs students may choose from subjects like Anthropology, Business Studies, Chinese Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Human Rights, Philosophy, Psychology and World Arts and Cultures.

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

This group involves the study of subjects that popularly fall under ?humanities? or ?social sciences?. Students are expected to develop both local and global perspectives in the understanding of ?change and continuity as well as of similarity and difference? (Pearson College Website). The study involves evaluation the major theories, concepts and research findings in the area, and the learning of methodology in each discipline.

At UWCs students may choose from subjects like Anthropology, Business Studies, Chinese Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Human Rights, Philosophy, Psychology and World Arts and Cultures.

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Experimental science or the physical science subjects involve the learning of concepts, theories, methodology and application of each discipline. A major component is demonstration of application of theories, practical laboratory skills and team work through individual and group research projects.

The major subjects taught at UWCs that fall under in the group are Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems.

Group 5: Mathematics

All candidates are required to complete a mathematics course. IB offers four options to match the student?s ability and interest. Each of the level involves study and application of mathematical concepts as well as language.

Mathematical Studies
It is offered to students who do not need mathematics for their studies after UWCs. This course is less technique oriented than Standard Mathematics, but the intellectual standard is similar.

Standard Mathematics
It is the study of a mathematical techniques course best suited for students needing mathematics as a tool in their subject of major interest, but not wanting the rigors of the Higher Level course. The topics covered are similar to those of Higher Level.

Higher Level Mathematics
It is primarily intended to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing mathematics, physics, computer science or engineering at university. The course includes the topics of matrices, three dimensional vector geometry, trigonometry, probability, algebra and calculus.

Further Mathematics
It is an extra course, which means that it is not a course alternative to choosing from the above three, but an additional one for whoever holds special interest and ability in Mathematics. Student making this choice involve in specialized study of topics. Majority of the UWCs do not offer this course.

Group 6: Art, Music and Theatre Arts

This is the optional group, the only alternative to which is taking a second course in the first 4 groups. The study involves exploration of a range of creative work in global context and their theoretical aspects. Student?s practical production is a major component. Students do not need previous experience in these disciplines. At UWCs students have the options of Art and Design, Music, Theatre, Film Studies, World Arts and Cultures, etc.

THE CORE

All students are required to undertake the Theory of Knowledge course and The Extended Essay to achieve a diploma.

a) Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

This is an interdisciplinary requirement that major colleges have their students complete in their first year. Emphasis is place on critical reflection on the knowledge, information and experiences. It involves analysis of the bases of knowledge, subjectivity and ideological biases in arguments. It plays a key role in helping students develop an appreciation towards other cultures and perspectives.

b) The Extended Essay (4,000 words)

This is an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of their special interest. Students produce a 4,000 word essay after their personal research and writing. The process involves supervision by teachers through a series of drafts before the final product. At UWCs, students start on it at the end of their first year and complete it in the middle of their second year. The advantage behind is the in-advance simulation and experience they get in the kind of research and writing that will be required by their universities later.

c) CAS ? Creativity, Action and Service

UWCs place a huge emphasis on outside class activities and services. In an intense multicultural environment, students involve themselves in creative, outdoor, civic leadership and humanitarian activities. Such activities make up the essence of UWC life. Students are expected to develop qualities of mutual trust, co-operation, personal challenge, consideration for others, leadership qualities, teamwork capacity, respect and appreciation towards other cultures and perspectives, humanitarian values, service habits, care for the environment, and needless to mention, time and stress management skills through such activities. It wouldn?t be unfair to say that students invest as much of time in their activities as they do in their classroom courses.

The activity component of UWCs is complimented by the CAS requirement in the IB curriculum. To achieve a diploma, students are required to engage in and report on activities falling under the categories of Creativity, Action and Service. Though this requirement acts as a guideline, students at UWCs end up doing much more and do not confine themselves to the category and hour requirements.

The Creativity category includes activities of artistic expression such as music, photography, dances, craft work, etc. The second category Action involves largely sports and outdoor activities for physical challenge and nature exploration. And the third, Service involves activities ranging from humanitarian service types like volunteering at orphanages and old-age homes, to campaigns for human rights and fund-raisings for charity.

EXAMINATIONS AND REPORTS

The colleges hold internal examinations tests from time to time. The final measure of performance is the International Baccalaureate examinations held at the end of the second year, which determine approximately eighty percent of the grade awarded in most of the subjects. The rest of the grade is based on internal assessment of tests, papers and projects.

The final examination is prepared and marked by an international group of examiners. All the subjects are graded on a scale of 1 (min) to 7 (max). A student has to achieve at least a 4 in each of the 6 subjects to achieve an IB diploma. Up to 3 bonus points are given for the Theory of Knowledge course and for Extended Essays. The examination is coordinated by the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales.

Academic and activity evaluation reports are forwarded to national committees, parents and students at the end of each term. Successful students receive their IB diploma in July. The report includes annexes showing grades scored, details of Extended Essays and a summary of activities.

For more information on IB, please visit www.ibo.org.

Selection and nomination of students for UWCs is done by the National Selection Committee in every country. Selection happens on solely merit-basis and irrespective of the background of the student. Selection process involves rounds of application, interviews and group activities and finally, nomination to the colleges.

Application process in Nepal starts in November each year. Notices will be posted at UWC office in Kathmandu, Kantipur Newspaper and on http://www.uwcnepal.org.np

Eligibility
Age of the applicant16 – 18 years (must be 16 complete by June)
Level of schooling10th grade passed or equivalent.
Application from relatives of UWC     graduates and National Committee     membersAccepted.(The relatives will not be part of that year?s selection committee.)
Repeated applicationsAccepted if within the age limit.
Structure of Selection Process
ApplicationApplication includes:
1. Applicant’s background, participation in extracurricular activities and achievements
2. Parents’ background and approval
3. Two recommendation letters
4 . Character certificate if available
5 . Grades and certificates of achievements
Preliminary selectionThe Selection Committee reviews all applications. 30 -35 applicants are shortlisted. These candidates are invited for the short interviews and written test. 10-15 candidates are selected for the final round.
Final selection The finalist 10-15 students spend a day together participating in group activities, games, discussions and individual interviews throughout which they are assessed. At the end of the day, the Selection Committee produces the final result of eligible candidates with ranks.
NominationStudents, in the order of their ranks, get to choose out of the colleges that have offered scholarships to Nepalese students via the committee. The National Committee sends the nominations to the colleges according to the choices made.
Selection Criteria
Intellectual ability? Grades above 70 %
? Understanding of national and international issues
? Able to defend one’s opinion on various issues
Commitment to UWC ideals? Understanding of the goals of UWC
? Enthusiasm to associate oneself with the aims of UWC
? Commitment to returning back to Nepal
Personal attributesEvidence of self-confidence, leadership qualities, maturity, responsibility, respect and openness towards different cultures.
Language skillsA good working knowledge of English language will be required on entry, but students with limited ability in the language may be selected, provided that they commit to working on improving their skills before reaching the college.

Contact
UWC National Committee of Nepal
Thapathali Heights
Ava International office
P.O.Box 10439,
Kathmandu, Nepal
(t) +977-01-4256209
(e) [email protected]
source- (w) www.uwcnepal.org.np

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