The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is a New Zealand Government TEI (Polytechnic) located primarily in Palmerston North but has campuses also in Whanganui, Masterton and Auckland. As successive governments placed emphasis on vocational education, the Polytechnic broadened the courses offered, but retained a focus on core vocational programmes.
It now delivers Foundation and Certificate programmes, Diplomas, Degrees and Post-Graduate options in a range of subjects as well as community based programmes.
In 1987 the Manawatu Polytechnic opened a small campus in Levin and the 1996 approval by government of a $22 million capital injection, enabled the rebuilding and consolidation of the Palmerston North campus onto a central city site. In late 1998 the Manawatu Polytechnic changed its name to the Universal College of Learning (UCOL).
UCOL expanded in January 2001 with the incorporation of the Wairarapa Regional Polytechnic and the integration of the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic on 1 April 2002.
UCOL is focused on delivering the six priorities of the Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019 Delivering skills for industry Getting at-risk young people into a career Boosting achievement of MÄori and Pasifika Improving adult literacy and numeracy Strengthening researched-based institutions Growing international linkages
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from The Universal College of Learning that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.