The Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific is one of seventeen United World Colleges around the world. It is named after the late Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson, winner of the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize, and an early champion of the College. The mission of the UWC movement and of the school is to "make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future". The college follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum, covering the final year of high school and a pre-university year for up to 100 students a year, hailing from nearly 90 countries.
The college was opened to students in September 1974. An official opening the following year was attended by Lord Mountbatten, Jean Chretien, and Charles, Prince of Wales.
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