The Union Christian College, Alwaye was founded in 1921 as a Centre of Christian Higher Education and as a venture in inter-denominational cooperation among the four major non-Roman Catholic denominations of South India viz. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church, The Church of South India and The Mar Thoma Syrian Church.
The founder members of the College, the late Sri. K. C. Chacko, the late Sri. A. M. Varki, the late Sri. C. P. Mathew and the late Sri. V. M. Ittyerah had as their ambition the instituting of a Christian College whose distinctive features were to be:
- Inter-denominational basis of administration
- Residential system of life
- Fellowship method of life
- Cosmopolitan team (Christians and non-Christian, Indians and non-Indians) of staff
These still remain the chief features of the College even though by force of circumstances the college which at first was entirely residential has now on its rolls a larger number of day scholars than residents. The principle of cooperation in teaching, study and life is still a guiding factor in our work here. There should be a conscious attempt on the part of students and staff-teaching and non-teaching-to realize this in our academic life.