November 7, 2021



At acquistion, ACG was comprised of Schools and Tertiary Divisions. ACG is New Zealand’s largest private education provider. Since the establishment of its first school 20 years ago, ACG has grown organically and by acquisition to provide a diversified education offering by age, level of education and geography. At the time of PEP’s investment, ACG educated ~14,000 students each year, and employed ~1,500 staff across 50 campuses in 10 cities across New Zealand and South East Asia.

ACG Schools Division comprised:

  • Domestic Private Schools: Five private schools and several early childhood facilities
  • Offshore Private Schools: International schools in Vietnam and Indonesia catering to expatriate students as well as a growing demand from select local students

ACG Tertiary Division comprised:

  • Tertiary/Private Training Establishment: Under four key brands, ACG is the largest vocational training provider in New Zealand, educating a mix of local and foreign students coming to New Zealand to attain a globally recognised qualification
  • NZ International: University foundation programmes for international students, supported by exclusive partnership agreements with two of Auckland’s top universities

On 31 May 2019, following approval from the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office, the sale of ACG Schools to Inspired Education was completed. The remaining Tertiary Division has been re-named UP Education.