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Students' first day welcome to UCOL

By UCOL on Monday, 25 February 2019

A photograph of a hongi during UCOL's powhiri in Palmerston North

Record numbers of students attended Pōwhiri on UCOL's Palmerston North, Whanganui and Masterton campuses and the first Pōwhiri for the Levin campus. Powhiri and mihi whakatau are held across all UCOL's campuses and signals the start of Orientation Week with events happening all week.

"The first experiences and weeks on campus are formulative for our students, this is their opportunity to make social connections and form networks, as well as being a time to make some memories during orientation," said Dr Nicky Van der Bergh, Executive Director of Student Success.

"The programme we have built supports all aspects of a student's time here, from academic workshops, through to wellbeing and employability. Last week's series of welcomes and events were vibrant, and participation rates were really high".

Most programmes started last week, and student numbers are slightly ahead on 2018 at the same point in time. UCOL had 450 more students in 2018 than it did in 2017.

Students enjoying some kai after the pōwhiri in Palmerston North.

Students getting some chip butties for lunch on UCOL's Student Success Day.

Students participating in some fun Tertiary Knock Out challenges during orientation in Palmerston North.

In Palmerston North, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Hairdressing, Beauty and Automotive have strong enrolments. For those leaving school or studying for the first time, the offerings around the uptake of Study and Career prep study options have been firm.

Whanganui has strong enrolments in Nursing, continuing the trend with more than 500 nursing students studying across UCOL's campuses each year. In Masterton, Cookery, Early Childhood Education, and Animal Care are popular this year. 

2019 sees the second year of operation for the campus in Levin. The campus was renovated and refurbished in 2018 and classes in Beauty Therapy, Early Childhood Education, with Chef Training and Hospitality, and Trades are all starting.