The Manawatu is host to three quality tertiary institutions, all housed in the main centre of Palmerston North. Massey University, UCOL (Universal College of Learning) and IPC (International Pacific College) all provide a high quality education meeting the wide range of qualification needs.
New Zealand has eight government-funded universities offering internationally recognised degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. All universities offer a broad range of courses. Institutions also have areas in which they specialise, such as Aviation, Veterinary Science and Agriculture (Massey University, Palmerston North). New Zealand universities have received worldwide acclaim for their contribution to international research.
New Zealand has also an increasing number of private training establishments, delivering a wide variety of quality programmes, from design schools to farming courses. All are registered with the New Zealand Government and are NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) approved. Students can be confident of high standards of instruction.
Polytechnic institutes also play a crucial role in New Zealand's regional economic development. Polytechnics offer a wide range of industry-focused professional, vocational, scientific, technology and trades training. Specialist applied programmes can extend to advanced diploma, degree and post-graduate level. Regional polytechnics like Palmerston North's UCOL (Universal College of Learning) are characterised by their advanced hi-tech facilities, practical approach to learning, and excellent study and vocational support.
There are three tertiary providers in the region: