System

Funding of tertiary education, academic and non-academic staff; and international comparisons.

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2017

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2017 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report relates to education in the 2015 or 2016 academic year and the 2014/2015 financial year.

    Author(s): Aaron Norgrove and David Scott, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: September 2017

  • New Zealand Tertiary Education Demand Forecast 2017

    This fact sheet describes the methodology used by the Ministry of Education in forecasting the demand for tertiary education at Levels 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. It also includes tables summarising the most recent forecast.

    This fact sheet will be updated annually.

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

    Date Published: May 2017

  • A comparison of delivery costs and tertiary education funding by field of study: Results and methodology

    This paper outlines the approach taken by the Ministry of Education to identify areas of potential tuition subsidy under- or over-funding, its limitations, and the key results. It also discusses how this analysis has informed tertiary education policy advice, and the Government's decisions to increase tuition subsidy rates in targeted areas.

    Author(s): Scott Connew, Marny Dickson and Warren Smart, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2015

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2014

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2014 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2012.

    Author(s): David Scott, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: November 2014

  • Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit 2014: Summary of proceedings

    This document provides a record of proceedings, and sets out the key themes of conversations, presentations and workshops at the Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit 2014. The content represents the views of the Summit attendees, and is not a reflection of the Government's position.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: October 2014

  • The performance of New Zealand universities in international rankings

    In this study, we examine the performance of New Zealand universities in the 'big three' university rankings: the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

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

    Date Published: April 2014

  • 2013 age profile of the academic staff in universities, polytechnics and wānanga

    In 2013, the age structure of the academic staff at universities and polytechnics was substantially older than at wānanga:

    • 47 percent of the university academic staff employed in 2013 was aged 50 years and over (compared to 49 percent in 2012).
    • 50 percent of the polytechnic academic staff employed in 2013 was aged 50 years and over (compared to 49 percent in 2012)
    • 38 percent of the wānanga academic staff employed in 2013 was aged 50 years and over (compared to 38 percent in 2012.

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

    Date Published: February 2014

  • Monitoring the recovery: Post-compulsory education in greater Christchurch

    This report is the first in a series that will track trends in the post-compulsory education system in greater Christchurch over the next three years. This first report provides a baseline view of the sector, looking at what happened in 2011 and giving first information on how the system is recovering.

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

    Date Published: December 2013

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2013

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2013 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2011.

    Author(s): David Scott, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2013

  • The changing structure of the public tertiary education workforce

    This report provides an analysis that allows us to see how institutional strategies have evolved in the light of changing policy over the last ten years (2001 to 2011). Key findings include:

    • Polytechnics and universities now employ a higher proportion of professors due to the ‘drag effect’ of an ageing workforce, that is, people entering as lecturers and staying to become senior lecturers or professors.
    • Universities now employ a higher proportion of senior academic staff, in response to the greater focus on research performance.
    • Universities have moved to more part-time teaching staff to help manage the costs of the shift to senior academic staff.
    • Universities and polytechnics now employ a similar proportion of part-time teaching staff

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

    Date Published: May 2013

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2012

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2012 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2010.

    Author(s): David Scott, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2012

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2011

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2011 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2009.

    Author(s): David Scott, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2011

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2010

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2010 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2008.

    Author(s): David Scott and Paul Gini, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2010

  • Analysing the performance of New Zealand universities in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities

    This occasional paper examines the performance of New Zealand universities in the 2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In particular, the analysis examines the data behind the overall rankings to get a more comprehensive picture of the level of performance of New Zealand universities.

    Author(s): Dr Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting Division [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: September 2010

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    Note: Table 1 and Table 2 in this report have been revised (November 2010).

  • What do international rankings tell us about the performance of New Zealand universities?

    This report analysed the data behind the Annual Rankings of World Universities Top 500 and Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200 university rankings to see what they can tell us about the performance of New Zealand universities.

    Author(s): Dr Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting Division [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: March 2010


    Note: Table 3, Table 4 and Table 5 have been revised (November 2010).

  • Indicators Live: Education at a Glance 2009, Results for New Zealand

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2009 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2007.

    Author(s): Strategy and System Performance, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2009

  • Counting the cost: An analysis of domestic tuition fees

    This report examines trends in domestic tuition fees under various government policies since 1990. In particular, there is a focus on trends in domestic tuition fees under the current Fee and Course Costs Maxima (FCCM) policy.

    Author(s): Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: June 2009

  • High level executive summary: Quality teaching, research and development Māori-medium

    The focus of this summary is on the Māori-medium which involved a university team, two school based hubs (settings) of teachers with in-service teacher educator support and a provider to support on-line communication and materials development.

    Author(s): Developed from research coordinators’ original reports with their agreement.

    Date Published: May 2009

    Category: Māori-medium

  • The development and state of the art of adult learning and education: National report of New Zealand

    This report has been prepared by the Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Tertiary Education Commission and input from stakeholders in the ACE and LLN sectors to be submitted to the regional preparatory conference for CONFINTEA VI in Seoul from 6-8 October 2008. It provides comprehensive information on Adult Learning and Education in New Zealand.

    This report, as well as national reports from other participating countries, can be found on the UNESCO website.

    Author(s): Tertiary Education Policy, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2008

  • Measuring up: How does New Zealand’s tertiary education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2008

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2008 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2006.

    Author(s): Roger Smyth and Warren Smart, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2008

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