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UCOL is an educational institution with a history dating back to 1892. On 1 November 2022, UCOL became a business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. With the merging of 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and 11 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), Te Pūkenga is the largest tertiary education provider in New Zealand. Within it, UCOL Te Pūkenga has four campuses across the central and lower North Island. We hold a strong regional position and play a vital role in our region’s economic development.

UCOL Te Pūkenga give our graduates, both domestic and international, the skills businesses need. Our programme specialities include Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. Our campuses 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 contribute to the global community. Many international students choose UCOL Te Pūkenga so they can gain an internationally recognised qualification and get practical work experience while studying.

Once you become part of the UCOL Te Pūkenga whānau (family), we have an extensive support system to take care of your educational, well-being, and social needs. Our international student support staff are experienced in looking after the needs of international students and follow the Tertiary and International Learners Code of Practice.

UCOL Te Pūkenga is a Category Two status education provider, the second highest rating given by the New Zealand Quality Authority (NZQA). An explanation on NZQA’s provider category statuses can be found here. NZQA’s full evaluation and review report can be found here.


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