Institution Type

The tertiary education sector is a diverse sector. Its scope ranges from informal non-assessed community courses in schools through to formal undergraduate degrees and advanced research-based postgraduate degrees.

Progression to tertiary education is a measure of the level of tertiary education a student is enrolled in one, two or three years after leaving school.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education’s ENROL system, while tertiary enrolment information is sourced from the tertiary databases SDR and ITR.

Identical information is available by regional council and territorial local authority through the Know Your Region pages.

Alternatively a large amount of progression to tertiary data is available from our statistical pages. See Transition from School to Tertiary.

2017 data have not yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.   National data are available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Institution Type Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Universities 56 31 66 23 63 36
Māori Polytechnics 67 85 68 66 69 84
Māori Wananga 25 15 15 8 25 12
Māori Private Training Establishments 87 116 110 124 98 118
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 188 239 217 277 214 245
Māori Total 423 486 476 498 469 495
Pacific Universities 10 3 7 1 4 4
Pacific Polytechnics 6 4 3 5 10 4
Pacific Wananga 2 1 0 1 2 1
Pacific Private Training Establishments 10 11 3 9 7 8
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 15 18 19 12 18 18
Pacific Total 43 37 32 28 41 35
Asian Universities 10 9 10 14 6 13
Asian Polytechnics 3 6 3 7 1 4
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 0 3 3 6 1 4
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 12 8 6 8 8 3
Asian Total 25 26 22 35 16 24
MELAA Universities 3 4 2 2 4 3
MELAA Polytechnics 0 1 0 0 1 1
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 3 2 0 2 1 0
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 2 2 4 6 1 2
MELAA Total 8 9 6 10 7 6
Other Universities 3 4 2 4 3 3
Other Polytechnics 5 1 2 2 1 4
Other Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 0 6 1 1 0 0
Other Not in Tertiary Education 8 8 1 4 3 4
Other Total 17 19 6 11 7 11
European\Pākehā Universities 206 150 155 136 169 117
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 90 88 97 101 81 104
European\Pākehā Wananga 5 0 2 1 3 4
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 74 114 73 92 65 83
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 205 235 183 233 237 273
European\Pākehā Total 580 587 510 563 555 581
Total Universities 269 189 231 172 232 163
Total Polytechnics 155 168 158 168 147 183
Total Wananga 29 16 17 9 27 14
Total Private Training Establishments 155 228 171 217 160 196
Total Not in Tertiary Education 385 453 400 495 439 497
Total Total 993 1,054 977 1,061 1,005 1,053
Notes:
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Institution Type Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Universities 54 50 46 26 58 22
Māori Polytechnics 61 59 46 66 53 47
Māori Wananga 28 11 19 8 14 9
Māori Private Training Establishments 70 98 79 101 91 100
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 259 287 233 285 260 320
Māori Total 472 505 423 486 476 498
Pacific Universities 3 4 10 4 8 1
Pacific Polytechnics 5 5 5 5 1 7
Pacific Wananga 0 0 2 1 0 1
Pacific Private Training Establishments 9 5 6 7 4 2
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 15 13 20 20 19 17
Pacific Total 32 27 43 37 32 28
Asian Universities 12 8 10 10 10 11
Asian Polytechnics 2 7 3 5 2 6
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 2 2 0 4 2 5
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 7 3 12 7 8 13
Asian Total 23 20 25 26 22 35
MELAA Universities 4 2 2 5 1 2
MELAA Polytechnics 0 1 2 1 0 2
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 1 0 1 1 1 1
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 2 2 3 2 4 5
MELAA Total 7 5 8 9 6 10
Other Universities 3 1 3 5 0 4
Other Polytechnics 1 0 3 2 4 1
Other Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
Other Private Training Establishments 1 1 1 3 0 1
Other Not in Tertiary Education 9 7 10 9 1 5
Other Total 14 9 17 19 6 11
European\Pākehā Universities 179 136 204 148 145 128
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 58 71 74 67 74 66
European\Pākehā Wananga 0 2 2 0 3 1
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 74 149 74 102 60 73
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 237 250 226 270 228 295
European\Pākehā Total 548 608 580 587 510 563
Total Universities 230 180 254 185 211 163
Total Polytechnics 114 134 120 125 126 114
Total Wananga 28 13 22 9 15 9
Total Private Training Establishments 141 231 140 203 142 172
Total Not in Tertiary Education 487 505 457 532 483 603
Total Total 1,000 1,063 993 1,054 977 1,061
Notes:
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.