Profile & Trends 2016: New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Education Enrolments [Part 1 of 6]

Publication Details

This is edition 19 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector.  New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Education Enrolments is the first of six reports to be published in the Profile and Trends 2016 series.

The key findings of New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Enrolments for 2016 were:

  • 416,000 students were enrolled in formal study programmes in 2016, including 62,600 international students.
  • Domestic enrolment numbers decreased by 1.3 percent from 2015 to 2016.
  • International student numbers increased by 1.9 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: September 2017

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Executive Summary

New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Education Enrolments is the first of six reports to be published in the Profile & Trends 2016 series.

The Profile & Trends reports to be published in 2017 will contain data on tertiary education trends and changes for the year ended December 2016, unless otherwise stated.  The order of publication of the other five reports and the topic covered in each report are expected to be:

  • Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions
  • New Zealand's Workplace-based Learners
  • New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research
  • Tertiary Education Sector and Student Support
  • New Zealand's Tertiary Education System

Most of the statistics in New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Education Enrolments are derived from returns provided by government-funded tertiary education providers to the Ministry of Education and to the Tertiary Education Commission.  A list of figures and tables is included at the end of the report.

The report begins with an overview of the students in tertiary education (chapter 1), followed by profiles of students in formal study at providers, and their courses of study.  Chapter 2 covers students in level 1 to 3 certificates, chapter 3 covers students in level 4 to 7 diplomas and certificates, and chapter 4 covers students in bachelors and postgraduate qualifications.  Data on study loads, provider type, age, gender and ethnic group is also included throughout the report.  The focus of chapter 5 is on non-formal tertiary education.  Non-formal tertiary education is study that does not result in a recognised qualification.

This year's Profile & Trends series represents the 19th annual survey of the tertiary education system to be published by the Ministry of Education.

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