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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 Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua

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

Future UCOL

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The New Zealand Government is proposing changes to vocational education. UCOL is in a strong position.

Vision, Mission and Values

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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. Connect with us about your projects/events and enquire about sponsorship opportunities.

UCOL Research

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Many UCOL staff are active researchers who are uncovering new ways of thinking and doing that have the potential to positively impact our communities and beyond.

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.

Information for employers

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UCOL has close relationships with many local businesses and organisations, who support us by providing learning opportunities for students and donating scholarships.

Our performance

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An outstanding 87% of UCOL graduates would recommend their recently completed UCOL qualifications to others. Read the official RateMyQual survey results here.