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Vision and Mission

UCOL provides life-changing opportunities for thousands of individuals, and our influence stretches far beyond our campus boundaries: across the globe and into the future.

Our Vision/O Tatou Kitenga – To inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed 

Our Mission/Kaupapa – Develop great graduates who make a difference wherever they work in the world

Our vision embraces students, businesses, and communities within a holistic culture that is focused on success. This vision is supported by our mission, which focuses on our students. As a provider of high-quality tertiary education, we want to help every student, domestic and international, to develop their full potential. We are deeply committed to providing the resources and support necessary to equip our students with relevant skills and exceptional work ethic. These attributes enable our students to complete their courses successfully and then play a constructive and positive role in society.

Our Goals

Our Mission is founded on four goals. Building on the solid foundations set in place by over 100 years of success, our goals expand our expectations to match the ambitions of our regional communities.

Individuals choose UCOL as their preferred provider of learning

We are a major provider of tertiary education opportunities for domestic students in our region, and all our qualifications are recognised internationally. Students are the heart of UCOL and we continue to work on initiatives to attract domestic and international students, along with high-calibre staff.    

Our students succeed

Seeing our students succeed is the heart of UCOL's kaupapa. We have a continued commitment to improving student success and increasing the number of tauira Māori studying at UCOL.

We collaborate with key stakeholders to find unique solutions and mutually beneficial outcomes

Our close relationships with local schools, iwi, employers, community groups and industries greatly enrich our teaching programmes and the overall UCOL experience. We want to strengthen and deepen our relationships to ensure we produce skilled graduates who can contribute to our regional economies and increase the well-being of local communities.    

We are a high performing tertiary education institute

Our commitment to high performance extends across every aspect of our operations to create a sustainable and viable tertiary education institute with skilled and committed staff.


Strategic Story 2018-2021

Our strategic story 2018-2021 builds upon the solid foundations set in place by earlier successes and expands them into new directions. It aims to lift our performance, taking a continuous improvement philosophy to the heart of our student learning and teaching.