Participation rates in tertiary education

Table 1: Age-standardised tertiary education participation rates by gender (2005-2015)
Notes:
  1. Participation Rate is the proportion of the population aged 15 and over who were enrolled at any time during the year.
  2. These rates are age-standardised to the 2015 national age distribution (ie they represent the rate a group would have if they had the same age distribution as the 2015 national age distribution).
  3. Data relates to domestic students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS.
  4. Data excludes those PTEs and OTEPs which neither received tuition subsidies nor were approved for student loans or allowances.
Year Females Males Total
2005 14.9% 12.2% 13.6%
2006 14.2% 12.3% 13.3%
2007 14.0% 12.2% 13.1%
2008 13.5% 11.2% 12.4%
2009 13.7% 11.1% 12.4%
2010 13.4% 10.8% 12.1%
2011 12.5% 9.5% 11.0%
2012 12.2% 9.2% 10.7%
2013 12.0% 9.1% 10.6%
2014 11.6% 8.7% 10.2%
2015 11.3% 8.3% 9.8%

Table 2: Age-standardised tertiary education participation rates by ethnic group and qualification level (2005-2015)
Notes:
  1. The participation rate is the  percentage of the population aged 15 and over who were enrolled at any time during the year.
  2. The age-standardised participation rate are standardised to the 2015 national age distribution (i.e. they represent the rate a group would have if they had the same age distribution as the 2015 national age distribution).
  3. Data relates to domestic students only.
  4. Data relates to students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS.
  5. Data excludes all non-formal learning and on-job industry training.
  6. Data excludes those providers which neither received tuition subsidies nor were approved for student loans or allowances.
  7. Students who identify with more than one ethnic group have been counted in each group. Consequently, the sum of each group may not add to the total.
  8. Students who were enrolled at more than one qualification level have been counted in each level. Consequently, the sum of each level may not add to the total number of students.
  9. Totals also include those students with unknown values.
  10. Data in this table has been revised, and so may differ from previously published figures.
Year Asians European/Pākehā Māori Pasifika
Qualifications Qualifications Qualifications Qualifications
Non Degree Degree & Higher Non Degree Degree & Higher  Non Degree  Degree & Higher Non Degree Degree & Higher
2005 11.3% 5.0% 7.8% 4.8% 3.6% 16.6% 9.5% 3.3%
2006 9.8% 5.3% 8.0% 5.0% 3.5% 15.5% 8.2% 3.2%
2007 8.9% 5.6% 7.8% 5.1% 3.5% 14.9% 8.8% 3.4%
2008 7.0% 5.7% 7.1% 5.1% 3.5% 14.0% 8.7% 3.4%
2009 6.4% 6.0% 6.8% 5.4% 3.7% 14.0% 8.8% 3.6%
2010 5.8% 6.0% 6.4% 5.5% 3.9% 13.4% 8.7% 3.8%
2011 4.6% 5.8% 5.3% 5.3% 4.0% 11.9% 8.1% 3.7%
2012 4.1% 5.5% 5.0% 5.4% 4.0% 11.3% 7.8% 3.9%
2013 3.7% 5.3% 5.0% 5.5% 4.0% 11.4% 8.1% 4.3%
2014 3.2% 5.0% 4.8% 5.4% 4.0% 11.3% 7.5% 4.3%
2015 2.9% 4.8% 4.6% 5.3% 4.0% 10.9% 7.2% 4.4%

Table 3: Tertiary education participation rate by qualification level (2005-2015)
Year Certificates Diplomas/
Certificates
5-7
Bachelors
Degrees
Graduate
Diplomas/
Certificates
Honours Masters Doctorates
1  2  3 4
Notes:
  1. The participation rate is the  percentage of the population aged 15 and over who were enrolled at any time during the year.
  2. Data relates to domestic students only.
  3. Data relates to students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS.
  4. Data excludes all non-formal learning and on-job industry training.
  5. Data excludes those providers which neither received tuition subsidies nor were approved for student loans or allowances.
  6. Students who identify with more than one ethnic group have been counted in each group. Consequently, the sum of each group may not add to the total.
  7. Students who were enrolled at more than one qualification level have been counted in each level. Consequently, the sum of each level may not add to the total number of students.
  8. Totals also include those students with unknown values.
  9. Data in this table has been revised, and so may differ from previously published figures.
2005 1.0% 2.9% 2.8% 2.5% 2.0% 3.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.1%
2006 0.6% 3.0% 2.5% 2.4% 1.9% 3.4% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.1%
2007 0.5% 2.7% 2.5% 2.4% 1.9% 3.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.1%
2008 0.4% 2.3% 2.3% 2.2% 1.9% 3.5% 0.4% 0.6% 0.3% 0.1%
2009 0.3% 2.0% 2.3% 2.2% 2.0% 3.7% 0.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.1%
2010 0.3% 1.8% 2.1% 2.1% 2.0% 3.8% 0.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.2%
2011 0.3% 1.4% 1.7% 1.8% 1.8% 3.8% 0.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.1%
2012 0.3% 1.3% 1.6% 1.8% 1.6% 3.8% 0.3% 0.7% 0.3% 0.1%
2013 0.4% 1.2% 1.6% 1.7% 1.5% 3.7% 0.3% 0.7% 0.3% 0.1%
2014 0.5% 1.1% 1.7% 1.6% 1.4% 3.6% 0.3% 0.7% 0.3% 0.1%
2015 0.4% 0.9% 1.6% 1.6% 1.3% 3.5% 0.3% 0.7% 0.4% 0.1%

Table 4: Tertiary education participation rate by broad qualification level (2005-2015)
Year Qualifications Total
Non-Degree Degree & Higher
Notes:
  1. The participation rate is the  percentage of the population aged 15 and over who were enrolled at any time during the year.
  2. Data relates to domestic students only.
  3. Data relates to students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS.
  4. Data excludes all non-formal learning and on-job industry training.
  5. Data excludes those providers which neither received tuition subsidies nor were approved for student loans or allowances.
  6. Students who identify with more than one ethnic group have been counted in each group. Consequently, the sum of each group may not add to the total.
  7. Students who were enrolled at more than one qualification level have been counted in each level. Consequently, the sum of each level may not add to the total number of students.
  8. Totals also include those students with unknown values.
  9. Data in this table has been revised, and so may differ from previously published figures.
2005 9.6% 4.9% 14.0%
2006 9.2% 4.8% 13.6%
2007 8.9% 4.9% 13.3%
2008 8.0% 4.9% 12.5%
2009 7.7% 5.2% 12.5%
2010 7.3% 5.3% 12.2%
2011 6.2% 5.2% 11.0%
2012 5.8% 5.2% 10.7%
2013 5.7% 5.1% 10.5%
2014 5.4% 4.9% 10.2%
2015 5.2% 4.8% 9.8%