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University Partnerships

Platinum partnership celebrates 20 years with The University of Auckland

06 Jun 2019

7 June 2019 – A 20 year partnership between the University of Auckland and UP Education has been celebrated across campuses this month to acknowledge the special relationship between the two organisations.

In 1998, Ian King, then Deputy CEO of ACG Education, and a member of the University of Auckland Academic staff were fortuitously delayed flying out of Indonesia. Before long they had devised a plan to create a new programme to support the recruitment of international students into the University via a Foundation course.

UP Education Group Chief Executive, Mark Rushworth said, “The first cohort was just ten students. Since that time over 5,500 students have studied the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies which then opens doors into further study and careers. It’s a powerful combination, and changes lives, and we’re really proud of our partnership with the University of Auckland.”

This year marks the platinum anniversary of that first intake, and celebrations with agent networks have been taking place across Asia and New Zealand.

Professor John Morrow, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University said “During our 20 year partnership more than 4500 well prepared students completed our foundation qualification through ACG and enrolled at the University of Auckland. We have valued this partnership very highly and look forward to continuing to work productively with the newly formed organisation UP Education. We wish Marnie and her colleagues all the best for their new venture”

Last week the team joined key agents and senior University staff to celebrate the successful partnership at Old Government House, Auckland.  Foundation and University Alumnus Teri Fong spoke and attributed her current career success as a member of staff at the University Schools Partnership office to the high standard of teaching and care she received during her Foundation Studies at the Auckland campus.  She followed this with a challenging and rewarding undergraduate degree programme from the Faculty of Arts at the University.

The Foundation programme is extremely flexible and prepares students for university study with English, academic subjects and the transferable skills necessary to be successful as an undergraduate student including researching and presenting work. A range of subject choices allow students to prepare for their undergraduate programme of choice.

Foundation studies provides international students with the language, communication, research and study skills necessary for a successful transition to university and continued academic and career success.

UP Education opens the doors to an English-speaking university education in the stable, scenic, culturally diverse countries of New Zealand and Australia.  UP Education offers the option of four University foundation programmes, with four intakes per year and a variety of programme lengths from 6 to 18 months depending on students’ level of English.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and leading university, in the top 100 universities in the world according to the 2018 QS world ranking. It is situated in the heart of Auckland city and offers more than 30 undergraduate programmes across 125 different subjects. Thirty-eight of its 40 subjects are ranked 1st of all the universities in New Zealand.


UP Education South China team celebrate the 20th Anniversary with University of Auckland International office staff and  key agents in Wuhan