An RCN delegation was invited to attend the opening of UWC Changshu, the first UWC in mainland China – an exciting development. It has been a long journey – starting with the founder (Mark Wang) meeting HM Queen Sonja, our patron, in a Beijing rehabilitation centre in the late 1990s when he was learning to walk again after a plane crash, his selection to attend Red Cross Nordic and the ambition to open a UWC in China. Our College and the Norwegian MFA provided support and funding for the initial stage of the project.

Svein Ole Sæther, the Norwegian Ambassador to China, kindly joined our Norwegian delegation for the event. Mark Wang spoke very generously in the opening ceremony about HM Queen Sonja’s engagement with UWC and his own experiences as a student at RCN. It is certainly a tremendous achievement to open a UWC in mainland China with our values-based educational model at the heart of it.