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 About UCOL

An educational institution with a history dating back to 1896, UCOL Limited has a proud and well-earned reputation for supporting our community’s learning.

This connection with community is crucial to what we do, and it ensures that our programmes help students develop in-demand skills. Many of our lecturers are practitioners as well as teachers, and our partnerships with industry mean that the majority of our students get hands-on work experience. 

As a modern Institute of Technology and Polytechnic, UCOL’s specialties include Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. Our environments have been designed to enhance student learning, supported by a relationship-based teaching approach. By studying with us, students learn valuable life skills and can make a difference.

We have campuses in Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua.

As of 1 April 2020, UCOL Limited is a subsidiary of New Zealand’s national vocational skills and training Institute, Te Pūkenga. Acting as a parent organisation to our nation’s 16 vocational institutes and Industry Training Organisations, Te Pūkenga will create a strong, unified system that makes collaboration easier. While we foster relationships with other institutes, our mission remains the same - we exist to inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed.

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Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s new national learning institute brings together on-job, on campus, and online vocational training in a cohesive, unified system.

UCOL Board of Directors

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

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.

UCOL Brand Story

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UCOL's new logo symbolises the improtance of connections and the greater strenght of a chain. Learn about our brand story.

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.

Annual Report 2019

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The annual report addressing our key stakeholders summarises the essential information on our yearly performance and achievements. UCOL continues to be a high performing government-funded Institute of Technology and Polytechnic contributing significantly to the vocational learning needs of lower North Island.

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.