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.
Palmerston North Campus
Nestled in the heart of the city, close to cafes, bus stops and The Square is UCOL's Palmerston North campus. Named 'Rangitā ne Tikaraina ki te Matauranga' by Rangitāne, its name translates in part to "straight pathway to education". The campus architecture blends historic buildings with modern facilities.
The inspiring blend of heritage buildings, modern facilities and range of tertiary study programmes attracts highly motivated students and staff to UCOL from many parts of the world. Whanganui iwi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, gave the campus the name 'Matapihi ki te Ao', which means 'window of opportunity' to the world. For many of our qualifications we partner with the local business community to provide students with work experience opportunities, which in turn helps local organisations meet their staffing needs, solve a problem or advance a project. The skills learnt during this creative and collaborative process help students hone their research abilities and apply theory to real-life challenges.
The Wairarapa campus is located in the heart of Masterton and has strong ties with the community and local iwi, Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, ensuring the campus is consistently working to meet the region's training needs. The campus is set amongst trees and streams, with space for students to meet and study. UCOL Wairarapa is close to the CBD, with easy access to cafes and shops, with an on-campus childcare facility and cafe. Central to the campus is Whakaoriori Marae, which includes the campus' whānau room.
Located on State Highway 1, close to CBD shops and Te Takere is UCOL's Horowhenua campus. Since opening in mid 2017 we've been working with the Horowhenua community to develop a skilled workforce to meet the local need for workers in construction and roading.