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UCOL, Your Hands On Learning Advantage

UCOL bridges the skills gap from learning to 'doing what you love'. Giving you better access to a practical and industry relevant pathway to a better future.


Through innovative education and access to the latest equipment, it's the place you come to get 'tomorrow-ready' and a 'hands-on learning advantage'.


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Our Vision

Together creating great futures through innovative education and training

The Universal College of Learning or UCOL is an award winning, government-funded institute of technology and polytechnic with three campuses in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand.

At UCOL We...

  • Do all we can to see every student succeed through new teaching practices, loads of personal support, and dedicated staff.

  • Believe in a students' right to study, to achieve personal goals, acquire employment and gain enjoyment through knowledge.

We operate in an environment that embraces innovation from hands on learning and commitment to providing excellent facilities that cater for tertiary study.


We have led the way in developing high-tech learning hubs, giving students free access to modern computers, high-speed internet, and spacious learning environments. These hubs have become the heart or living room of our campuses.


Our student support services are among the best, our personal education plan initiative won a national award for innovation and has been adopted by other teaching establishments. This reflects our individual approach to our students.

A Short History

We were founded in Palmerston North in 1902 as a technical institute, and over the years we have continued to meet the growing needs of our communities and industry by providing tertiary level training.

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UCOL is an acronym that stands for 'Universal College of Learning,' reflecting our belief that every person in our region deserves the opportunity to tertiary level education.

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Diverse Selection of Diplomas, Degrees and other Programmes

Our programmes range from entry level certificates and foundation courses to diplomas, degrees and opportunities in post-graduate study.


We take a personal approach with our students, developing relationships to understand what best aids their learning. This makes the education process a whole lot more effective for both lecturer and student.


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Our Multi Campus Network

Our campuses in Palmerston North, Masterton and Whanganui create an efficient network of learning facilities that covers three vibrant regions.


Our cutting-edge web network means students can tap into expertise available at different campuses through streamed lectures, video conferencing and shared resources where programmes allow.


Some programmes are completed entirely online; we believe this gives individuals who may have other commitments the opportunity to study from almost anywhere at any time.


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Our Lecturers

Our lecturers are vastly experienced and are equipped with industry expertise. Students make immeasurable gains by learning from professionals who know what employers want and can emerge with a qualification to hit the ground running.

Related Documents

2014 Annual Report.pdf2014 Annual Report.pdf

Investment Plan

Regional Facilitation Statement


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