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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. With over 100 foundation courses, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications available, our programmes are designed to fit into your lifestyle. 

With campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Auckland, as well as delivery locations in Horowhenua and Taumarunui, UCOL is well known in its local communities and also draws students from far and wide due to its positive reputation. UCOL boasts campuses in city centres and beautiful landscape environments.

UCOL exists 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. We also have dedicated student support staff available to help you thrive and grow with every step of your UCOL journey. You will be immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that surpass 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 succeed in today’s working environments. Your lecturers will pass on their knowledge to help you develop the skills you need to make a difference wherever you work in the world. 

When you come to study at UCOL, you'll become a part of the UCOL whānau. UCOL is a nurturing place where students gain a sense of belonging, a feeling of purpose and a world of opportunity. Our growing UCOL alumni is a fun and easy way for our graduates to stay connected across the globe. 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.