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About UCOL

Established in 1902 to meet the skills required by New Zealand businesses, UCOL has strong community connections. We partner with local businesses to provide work experience for many of our students studying diplomas, degrees and postgraduate programmes to help an organisation meet their staffing needs, solve a problem or advance a project. 
 
UCOL is a modern institute of technology and polytechnic with specialty in Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. Our environments have been designed to enhance student learning, supported by a relationships-based teaching approach that provides successful classroom experiences and imparts valuable life skills. Study with us to learn valuable skills and make a difference in your life.

UCOL is well known in its local communities and also draws students from far and wide. We have campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Levin

We exist to inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed.

Vision and Mission

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UCOL’s strategic direction addresses government priorities and provides an inspiring vision and mission for UCOL as a whole.

Our Staff

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Learn more about UCOL’s people – our leaders, our resident experts and fellows, our award winners. 

Our Connections

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UCOL’s close relationships with local schools, iwi, employers, community groups, our students and industries greatly enrich our teaching programmes and the overall UCOL experience.

UCOL Research

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Find out what UCOL Research is all about – including our Directory of Expertise and PowerHour Sessions.

UCOL Council

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The UCOL Council is the institution’s governing body, with legislative functions and duties and a tradition of celebrating outstanding contribution to society. 

Have your say

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UCOL students and staff, and the public have an opportunity to shape UCOL. Find out about our recent surveys and projects, and have your say.

Our performance

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A four yearly review by NZQA demonstrates that communities can continue to have confidence in UCOL as a high quality tertiary education provider. Read about the results here.

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