The United World College of the Adriatic was instituted by law (Art. 46 of the Presidential Decree dated 6 March 1978 no. 102) and set up by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in 1982
As a promoter of culture, the United World College of the Adriatic is a registered non-profit organisation with a social purpose (ONLUS).
The UWC International Movement includes UWC schools in 13 countries, National Committees in over 120 countries and almost 40,000 graduates and other members in virtually every country in the world. United World Colleges include among its alumni Ian Khama (President of Botswana), Lene Feltman Espersen (Minister of Economics and Business Affairs, Denmark), Douglas Alexannder (Secretary of State for International Development, UK) and Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman of the United Bank for Africa).
The Patrons of the UWC International Movement are:
The Patron of the UWC National Committee in Italy is: