World Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is responsible for the selection of students from over 150 countries and territories to attend UWC. Most applicants apply through their local UWC national committee, which is made up of people – usually volunteers – who have a deep understanding of the national context in which they live and are best placed to assess your potential for success at UWC.

The members of the World Selection Committee are appointed by the UWC World Council and are selected on the basis of their knowledge, expertise, experience, and commitment to the mission of UWC. They are drawn from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including government, business, civil society, the entertainment industry, education, and more. This ensures that the World Selection Committee is a representative body for a diverse group of global citizens.

Each year the World Selection Committee chooses two candidates for the award of the Nobel Peace Prize and selects one person to receive the award. It is the only international organisation which awards the Nobel Peace Prize.

In addition to its core functions the World Selection Committee also reviews the nominations for the Olympic Games in order to determine if they meet the relevant automatic or discretionary selection criteria as set out in the UCI’s Athletic Selection Policy.

If an athlete meets an automatic selection criterion or a discretionary selection criterion, the Selection Committee will confirm that they do so and approves their selection. If they do not, the Selection Committee remands the nominations to Sport Performance staff for further consideration.

The WDL Content Selection Committee has chosen materials in accordance with guidelines which were established by the WDL partner institutions, to acknowledge the achievements of all countries and cultures worldwide over a broad range of time periods. These materials include cultural treasures and significant historical documents such as books, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers, prints, photographs, sound recordings, and films.

The IOC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation which is legally independent and politically neutral. It has seven standing committees, each of which reports to the Executive Board. Each committee has a specific mandate and works on issues that are of importance to the IOC as a whole. In addition, the IOC has an Advisory and Consultation Committee and an Ethics Committee. The IOC is governed by its statutes and regulations, which can be found here. Membership of the IOC is free and open to all countries. Membership can be terminated at any time by written notification to the IOC President. The membership of the IOC has been historically based on an electoral system and reflects the diversity of the world’s population. The number of members has varied from fewer than 100 in the past to almost 200 today. The composition of the IOC has also changed over time to reflect this. The IOC has a code of ethics that all members must adhere to.