Academic Colleges Group

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Academic Colleges Group Limited[1]
Formerly called
Academic Colleges of New Zealand Limited (1998-2010)[1]
Education Investments Group Limited (1994-1998)[1]
Traded as ACG
Industry Education
Founded November 14, 1994; 22 years ago (1994-11-14) in Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Founders Sir John Graham[2]
Dawn Jones[2]
Headquarters Level 1, 501 Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Area served
Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Vietnam
Key people
John Williamson (CEO)[3]
Brands ACG
Owner Global Academic Group Holdco Limited[1]
Website ACG Website

Academic Colleges Group (ACG) is a New Zealand-based private education company that operates schools and other educational services in New Zealand and Asia.[4] ACG offers education at all levels, starting at preschool and school education all the way through to university foundation programmes and vocational training. Incorpoarted as a New Zealand Limited Liability Company in 1994 it established its first school in 1995; and now ACG now delivers education to over 12,000 students in three countries through its 35 campuses located in 10 cities. It is New Zealand's largest independent educational services provider. It was acquired by Pacific Equity Partners in 2015 for $530 million.[5]


Sir John Graham and Dawn Jones CNZM established Senior College of New Zealand, New Zealand's first school for senior students, in 1995. Now known as ACG Senior College, it is the founding school of the ACG group, which now comprises independent schools and vocational colleges around New Zealand.

In February 2013, Waterman Capital took a 24% Shareholding in ACG, and Executive Director of Waterman Capital Matt Riley joined the Board.[6] Waterman was among the shareholders who agreed to sell ACG to Pacific Equity Partners.[7]

On May 2015, the National Business Review released a statement that ACG had appointed UBS and Macquarie to run the sale process.[8]

On September 17, 2015, Pacific Equity Partners announced they had agreed to acquire ACG for an undisclosed sum.[9]


New Zealand Independent Schools[edit]

ACG has five independent schools in New Zealand. Four are in Auckland: ACG Senior College,[10][11] ACG Parnell College,[12][13] ACG Strathallan,[14][15] and ACG Sunderland.;[16][17][18] and one in Tauranga: ACG Tauranga. The schools are secular and co-ed and teach Cambridge International Examinations. ACG Senior College also offers the International Baccalaureate.

ACG also has one preschool centre in Queenstown, Zig Zag Zoo.

ACG Strathallan

International Schools[edit]

University Pathways in New Zealand[edit]

ACG is New Zealand's largest provider of University Foundation Studies with guaranteed pathways to the University of Auckland, AUT University and Victoria University of Wellington.

  • ACG English School
  • ACG New Zealand International College, delivering the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundations Studies
  • AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies
  • Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme[19]

Tertiary & Careers Division[edit]

ACG's vocational colleges offer diplomas, degrees and courses in creative industries, IT, tourism and hospitality, trades and services, health, and early childhood.

  • Animation College[20]
  • South Seas Film & Television School[20]
  • ACG Yoobee School of Design[21]
  • AMES – Institute of IT[20]
  • New Zealand Management Academies[22] (NZMA)
  • New Zealand School of Tourism (NZST)[20]
  • New Zealand Career College (NZCC)[22]


Award Awarded by Year Notes
LTM Star High School The Language Travel Magazine Awards 2011 [23]
Exporter of the Year Award – Consultants and Services Category Air NZ Cargo Awards 2011 [24]
ST Star High School Study Travel Star Awards 2011 [25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "ACADEMIC COLLEGES GROUP LIMITED (654443) Registered". New Zealand Companies Office. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Our Founders". ACG. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "John Williamson Group Chief Executive". ACG. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Dwyer, Krissy (2011-09-14). "ACG named world's best high school". Eduvac. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Australia's PEP agrees to buy NZ's Academic Colleges Group". Scoop Media. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "WATERMAN INVESTS IN ACADEMIC COLLEGES GROUP". Waterman News/Press. Waterman Capital. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "ACADEMIC COLLEGES GROUP SALE DELIVERS STRONG RESULT". Waterman Capital News/Press. Waterman Capital. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Bridgeman, Duncan (13 May 2015). "NZ schools provider ACG may be up for sale". National Business Review. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Australia's PEP agrees to buy NZ's Academic Colleges Group". New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  10. ^ ACG Senior College 18/11/2011 - Education Review Office Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "International AS/A Level Stage 2 Courses in Selangor". 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  12. ^ ACG Parnell College 24/03/2010 - Education Review Office Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "ACG Parnell College recognises Year 11 scholar". 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  14. ^ ACG Strathallan Preschool 11/04/2011 - Education Review Office Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "CLAiT at ACG Strathallan". 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  16. ^ ACG Sunderland 10/11/2010 - Education Review Office Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "E-News". 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  18. ^ "Approved education providers - Ministry of Education". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  19. ^ "Victoria University enters pathway agreement with ACG". Victoria University of Welington. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d Goldsmith, Paul (7 December 2016). "ACG expands its New Zealand vocational group". Education New Zealand. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "ACADEMIC COLLEGES GROUP ACQUIRES YOOBEE SCHOOL OF DESIGN". Waterman Capital News/Press. Waterman Capital. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Academic Colleges Group (ACG) acquires NZMA". New Zealand Management Academies. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  23. ^ Neale, Imogen (5 September 2011). "ACG wins international award". Auckland Now!. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  24. ^ Metherell, Suze (20 June 2011). "ACG Group Wins Exporter of the Year Award". Scoop Media. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Past ST Star Award Winners - 2011". Study Travel Network. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

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