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 1 5 2 1 7 3
Māori Polytechnics 4 8 6 6 4 7
Māori Wananga 0 1 0 1 0 1
Māori Private Training Establishments 2 6 4 5 5 9
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 8 16 9 20 14 22
Māori Total 15 36 21 33 30 42
Pacific Universities x x x x 0 0
Pacific Polytechnics x x x x 1 2
Pacific Wananga x x x x 0 0
Pacific Private Training Establishments x x x x 0 1
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education x x x x 5 3
Pacific Total 2 2 4 4 6 6
Asian Universities x x x x 4 1
Asian Polytechnics x x x x 0 2
Asian Wananga x x x x 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments x x x x 0 0
Asian Not in Tertiary Education x x x x 1 3
Asian Total 1 5 3 2 5 6
MELAA Universities x x x x x x
MELAA Polytechnics x x x x x x
MELAA Wananga x x x x x x
MELAA Private Training Establishments x x x x x x
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education x x x x x x
MELAA Total 0 1 2 3 1 0
Other Universities x x 0 0 x x
Other Polytechnics x x 0 0 x x
Other Wananga x x 0 0 x x
Other Private Training Establishments x x 0 0 x x
Other Not in Tertiary Education x x 0 0 x x
Other Total 1 1 0 0 0 2
European\Pākehā Universities 57 47 45 50 64 37
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 35 58 34 62 42 49
European\Pākehā Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 27 50 23 34 18 19
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 78 115 78 114 99 141
European\Pākehā Total 197 270 180 260 224 246
Total Universities 60 51 48 50 74 40
Total Polytechnics 38 66 40 71 46 57
Total Wananga 0 1 0 1 1 1
Total Private Training Establishments 29 54 25 39 23 29
Total Not in Tertiary Education 87 128 87 133 110 161
Total Total 214 300 200 294 254 288
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 7 1 1 4 2 0
Māori Polytechnics 4 3 2 9 5 5
Māori Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 1
Māori Private Training Establishments 1 6 2 6 0 5
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 13 18 10 17 14 22
Māori Total 25 28 15 36 21 33
Pacific Universities x x x x x x
Pacific Polytechnics x x x x x x
Pacific Wananga x x x x x x
Pacific Private Training Establishments x x x x x x
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education x x x x x x
Pacific Total 2 3 2 2 4 4
Asian Universities x x x x x x
Asian Polytechnics x x x x x x
Asian Wananga x x x x x x
Asian Private Training Establishments x x x x x x
Asian Not in Tertiary Education x x x x x x
Asian Total 1 6 1 5 3 2
MELAA Universities x x x x x x
MELAA Polytechnics x x x x x x
MELAA Wananga x x x x x x
MELAA Private Training Establishments x x x x x x
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education x x x x x x
MELAA Total 1 1 0 1 2 3
Other Universities x x x x 0 0
Other Polytechnics x x x x 0 0
Other Wananga x x x x 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments x x x x 0 0
Other Not in Tertiary Education x x x x 0 0
Other Total 1 0 1 1 0 0
European\Pākehā Universities 59 42 62 59 49 52
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 52 37 32 36 28 40
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 1 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 22 55 34 50 20 37
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 86 89 69 125 82 131
European\Pākehā Total 220 224 197 270 180 260
Total Universities 67 45 64 62 52 52
Total Polytechnics 58 42 34 42 33 47
Total Wananga 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total Private Training Establishments 24 60 35 54 20 40
Total Not in Tertiary Education 98 102 81 142 94 154
Total Total 248 250 214 300 200 294
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.