Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
About the provider
UCOL in its many forms has been part of the community for more than a century. We are a proud example of a successful Institute of Technology and Polytechnic. We have a rich heritage and much to contribute to the future of vocational learning.
When you study with UCOL you’re much more than a number. We take the time to get to know you, to understand who you are. By sharing your strengths and what you want to achieve, we can truly help you get to where you want to be.
At UCOL, we’re here to support you all the way. Studying can be a challenge, we get that.
Study takes commitment, which, together with a learning style that suits you and the support you need, is a very powerful combination. At UCOL we encourage resilience and build self-confidence while you learn - providing our students with even greater opportunities.
As a student studying on or off campus, you can expect to learn skills and gain knowledge that sets you on your way. Gaining a qualification is a wonderful achievement that is earned, not given. We encourage you to stay in touch and make life-long learning a part of your journey. Ultimately, we want you to find your own place, whatever that may mean for you.
Our networks with local employers go beyond one-way exchanges, we value meaningful connections that are mutually beneficial. These relationships keep our education grounded, our programmes relevant, and job opportunities real. Our approach is truly collaborative.
UCOL graduates are well-rounded and possess the skills and values employers are looking. They are valued members of their local community. With campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua, and various delivery locations, we’re well known throughout the central and lower North Island.
Being close to our communities is a vital part of who we are. We strive to deepen connections and help our communities to grow and prosper. We aspire to build positive, meaningful relationships that benefit our students and graduates. That is why we exist.
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.
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