Mission and Guiding Principles

Under the auspices of the United Nations and guided by its ideals, UNIS provides an inclusive and diverse learning environment in which rigorous international programs foster academic excellence, innovation, creativity and cross-cultural communication to educate and inspire its students to become an active force in shaping a better world: peaceful, compassionate and sustainable.

Within this context we believe that:

UNIS students are committed to the spirit of the UN Charter by:

  • Demonstrating respect for human rights
  • Demonstrating respect for the principle of equal rights irrespective of race, sex, language or religion
  • Developing skills for the peaceful resolution of conflict
  • Practicing tolerance and living together in peace
  • Understanding individual responsibilities within society
  • Understanding the relationship between rights and responsibilities
  • Acquiring knowledge of universal ethics
  • Providing leadership that demonstrates awareness of ethical and moral issues

UNIS students benefit from an international education whereby they:

  • Gain historic and contemporary knowledge and understanding of the world through intellectual endeavor
  • Acquire international understanding through interaction with the uniquely diverse school community and by studying and experiencing other cultures and belief systems
  • Maintain the fluency of their mother tongue while valuing the acquisition of other languages

UNIS students strive for academic excellence by:

  • Learning how to learn
  • Discovering the joy of learning
  • Attaining depth and breadth of academic knowledge and understanding
  • Acquiring the skills that support intellectual endeavor and academic success
  • Solving problems independently and in cooperation with others
  • Acquiring aesthetic appreciation
  • Understanding modern technologies and using them wisely and effectively
  • Preparing themselves for the demands of higher education

UNIS students must be part of a caring community which encourages them by example to:

  • Share, cooperate, and contribute responsibly to a global society
  • Develop sensitivity to appropriate work and social relationships consistent with the principle of equal rights, including gender equality
  • Display sound decision-making skills by reflecting on choices and consequences
  • Think and act critically, creatively, and independently
  • Lead a positive, healthy life
  • Care for others, as they would have others care for them
  • Share resources
  • Build understanding and trust

UNIS students, being individually and culturally diverse, appreciate the significance of:

  • Developing personal values
  • Respecting the values of others
  • Valuing one’s own culture
  • Understanding and demonstrating respect for the culture of others
  • Understanding multiculturalism within a global society
  • Being able to make a difference
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