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The mission of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is to focus world attention on gifted and talented children and ensure the realization of their valuable potential to the benefit of humankind.


The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children originated 40 years ago upon the inspiration of a prominent British educator of the gifted, Henry Collis. This vision evolved into a non-profit organization of educators in the field of gifted education that spans the globe today.


The International Headquarters of The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children moved to Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky on January 1, 2011. It joins The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU which is celebrating more than 35 years. A generous gift from Dixie and Pete Mahurin of Bowling Green made the move possible.

World Conference

The World Council hosts a biennial World Conference at a major international city during late July or early August in odd-numbered years. The 2019 World Conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) consists of seven officers from different countries. The Executive Administrator of Headquarters is an ex-officio member.


Organizations which desire to become Affiliates of the WCGTC must have written bylaws (or if no bylaws an official statement outlining the organization’s purpose, goals, and philosophy) that are in accordance with those of the WCGTC.


WCGTC Delegates are the organization’s on-the-ground representatives in each participating country. Delegates recruit and communicate with members, promote the World Council and its activities, forge links with other organizations in their country, and report their achievements back to the World Council.