ACG in New Zealand moves into the tertiary sector

12, December, 2014

Academic Colleges Group (ACG) in New Zealand has launched a Tertiary and Career Group, and has added three tertiary providers to its portfolio in 2014 offering vocational training to a further 4,500 students.

NZMA, a hospitality and cookery school recently acquired by ACG.

Earlier this year, ACG acquired New Zealand Career College (NZCC), which offers programmes in business, health and trades on its three campuses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and also ACG Yoobee School of Design, the largest private digital design school in New Zealand, offering programmes in graphic design, animation and filmmaking. 

The most recent acquisition two months ago was NZMA, a hospitality and cookery school with two campuses in Auckland and another in Hamilton. All three of the acquired schools have received Category One approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the highest possible approval.

Previously focussing on early childcare through to secondary education and university pathways, ACG has branched out into the tertiary sector “to provide the full range of pathways for all students, across higher learning and vocation careers,” said Feroz Ali, Head of ACG Tertiary and Careers Group.

He added, “Historically ACG has been the market leader in the private schools sector, while the long-term strategy is to become a diversified education provider.”

Feroz, who founded NZCC in 2004, highlighted that this is just the beginning for ACG’s move into the tertiary sector. “We will acquire or develop to meet any gaps in our existing provision as well as to meet industry needs. The long-term goals of the ACG Tertiary and Careers Group are to excel in the private tertiary and vocation training sector and provide students with world-class learning and a great learning experience.”

Currently ACG has 12 schools and tertiary colleges in New Zealand, Vietnam and Indonesia with two new schools planned for 2015. Of its 10,000 students, 19 per cent are international.




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