Founded in 1902, the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is a premier New Zealand government funded Institute of Technology and Polytechnic that offers a range of study options in diverse categories such as Health & Science, Arts & Design, Agriculture, education, Foundation Skills, Information Technology and many others. Located primarily in Palmerston North, UCOL also has campuses in Whanganui, Masterton and Auckland. UCOL is renowned for specialist Health & Science training and education in the lower North Island. The state of the art facilities and industry experienced staff help healthcare students embark on a rewarding career that truly makes a difference in the lives of others. Nursing graduates from UCOL enjoy an excellent reputation both in New Zealand and overseas, and the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical learning that is imparted to students helps them prepare for success across a variety of health care settings.