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About UCOL


Established in 1902, UCOL is a high-performing New Zealand government funded Institute of Technology and Polytechnic that offers a wide range of rewarding study options.

Study with us to learn valuable skills and make a difference in your life. We have dedicated student support staff to help you thrive and grow, and over 100 programmes of study for you to choose from.

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 Auckland, and delivery locations in Horowhenua and Taumarunui, as well as online courses

We exist to inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed. Our lecturers take a relationships-based approach to teaching, and we have small student-teacher ratios and class sizes. You will be immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that surpasses industry standards.

You’ll learn from staff who care about the success of UCOL and their students, and who are dual-professionals – not just teachers but experts in their fields. Their ongoing connections with industry means that UCOL’s programmes will prepare you to find your place in the community and economy. We're proud of our staff, students and graduates - our people are making a difference in so many ways.

When you come to study at UCOL, you'll become a part of the UCOL whānau. UCOL is a nurturing place where you'll gain a sense of belonging and a feeling of purpose, in a world of opportunity. 

Whether it's to upskill, to boost your career, to build on existing studies or simply to give learning a go, UCOL is where you want to be.

Vision and Mission

Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging students on campus

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

Our Staff

Palmerston North UCOL Furniture Design and Making Lecturer working in workshop

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

Our Connections

UCOL Diploma in Interior Design student on work experience.

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

Clinical Exercise Physiology students assess a client at the U-Kinetics Exercise and Wellness Centre

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

UCOL Council

UCOL's Council members

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.