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 for the region's territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2015-2017 leaver cohorts)
Group Institution Type Year left school
2015 2016 2017
Female Universities 4,716 4,649 4,877
Female Polytechnics 640 513 547
Female Wananga 46 44 40
Female Private Training Establishments 871 826 934
Female Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 496 481 389
Female Industry training, including apprenticeships 125 145 155
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,692 2,893 2,913
Female Total 9,586 9,551 9,855
Male Universities 3,827 3,683 3,889
Male Polytechnics 809 669 735
Male Wananga 44 32 18
Male Private Training Establishments 562 526 626
Male Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 735 663 456
Male Industry training, including apprenticeships 633 758 796
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,633 3,973 4,046
Male Total 10,243 10,304 10,566
Māori Universities 453 508 597
Māori Polytechnics 182 166 201
Māori Wananga 44 40 41
Māori Private Training Establishments 247 225 295
Māori Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 459 411 357
Māori Industry training, including apprenticeships 106 129 153
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,223 1,433 1,587
Māori Total 2,714 2,912 3,231
Pacific Universities 1,138 1,147 1,230
Pacific Polytechnics 402 344 344
Pacific Wananga 42 33 19
Pacific Private Training Establishments 405 403 485
Pacific Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 497 460 317
Pacific Industry training, including apprenticeships 105 137 112
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,901 2,131 2,263
Pacific Total 4,490 4,655 4,770
Asian Universities 2,815 2,775 3,014
Asian Polytechnics 292 246 280
Asian Wananga 3 4 1
Asian Private Training Establishments 196 190 206
Asian Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 87 91 55
Asian Industry training, including apprenticeships 40 50 57
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 825 860 821
Asian Total 4,258 4,216 4,434
MELAA Universities 335 343 333
MELAA Polytechnics 64 45 73
MELAA Wananga 1 3 1
MELAA Private Training Establishments 54 47 49
MELAA Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 23 21 15
MELAA Industry training, including apprenticeships 14 17 29
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 163 165 168
MELAA Total 654 641 668
Other Universities 54 60 60
Other Polytechnics 8 10 9
Other Wananga 1 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 7 6 11
Other Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 6 9 3
Other Industry training, including apprenticeships 3 8 4
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 38 41 57
Other Total 117 134 144
European/Pākehā Universities 4,290 4,046 4,214
European/Pākehā Polytechnics 638 493 532
European/Pākehā Wananga 8 11 3
European/Pākehā Private Training Establishments 676 625 749
European/Pākehā Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 316 336 264
European/Pākehā Industry training, including apprenticeships 553 658 702
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,810 3,064 3,050
European/Pākehā Total 9,291 9,233 9,514
Total Universities 8,543 8,332 8,766
Total Polytechnics 1,449 1,182 1,282
Total Wananga 90 76 58
Total Private Training Establishments 1,433 1,352 1,560
Total Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 1,231 1,144 845
Total Industry training, including apprenticeships 758 903 951
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 6,325 6,866 6,959
Total Total 19,829 19,855 20,421

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 students. 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 and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2014-2016 leaver cohorts)
Group Institution Type Year left school
2014 2015 2016
Female Universities 4,569 4,555 4,528
Female Polytechnics 635 585 507
Female Wananga 59 52 48
Female Private Training Establishments 777 710 683
Female Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 253 186 153
Female Industry training, including apprenticeships 179 175 172
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,185 3,323 3,460
Female Total 9,657 9,586 9,551
Male Universities 3,680 3,632 3,552
Male Polytechnics 808 700 556
Male Wananga 49 29 38
Male Private Training Establishments 523 484 465
Male Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 321 249 230
Male Industry training, including apprenticeships 871 926 1,002
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4,147 4,223 4,461
Male Total 10,399 10,243 10,304
Māori Universities 381 405 466
Māori Polytechnics 191 170 153
Māori Wananga 50 42 47
Māori Private Training Establishments 229 219 207
Māori Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 238 174 143
Māori Industry training, including apprenticeships 156 158 185
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,402 1,546 1,711
Māori Total 2,647 2,714 2,912
Pacific Universities 978 959 958
Pacific Polytechnics 381 325 298
Pacific Wananga 43 31 28
Pacific Private Training Establishments 374 337 323
Pacific Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 240 204 156
Pacific Industry training, including apprenticeships 142 159 167
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,355 2,475 2,725
Pacific Total 4,513 4,490 4,655
Asian Universities 2,762 2,759 2,723
Asian Polytechnics 284 279 246
Asian Wananga 12 5 8
Asian Private Training Establishments 190 178 174
Asian Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 34 25 30
Asian Industry training, including apprenticeships 55 64 69
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 892 948 966
Asian Total 4,229 4,258 4,216
MELAA Universities 319 340 337
MELAA Polytechnics 54 61 42
MELAA Wananga 2 0 1
MELAA Private Training Establishments 52 43 46
MELAA Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 11 3 3
MELAA Industry training, including apprenticeships 19 17 24
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 225 190 188
MELAA Total 682 654 641
Other Universities 72 57 62
Other Polytechnics 13 8 5
Other Wananga 0 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 12 4 7
Other Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 2 1 4
Other Industry training, including apprenticeships 3 5 11
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 59 42 45
Other Total 161 117 134
European/Pākehā Universities 4,141 4,163 4,039
European/Pākehā Polytechnics 641 550 442
European/Pākehā Wananga 11 10 15
European/Pākehā Private Training Establishments 547 550 525
European/Pākehā Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 138 84 106
European/Pākehā Industry training, including apprenticeships 763 800 853
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,081 3,134 3,253
European/Pākehā Total 9,322 9,291 9,233
Total Universities 8,249 8,187 8,080
Total Polytechnics 1,443 1,285 1,063
Total Wananga 108 81 86
Total Private Training Establishments 1,300 1,194 1,148
Total Youth Guarantee Fees Free places 574 435 383
Total Industry training, including apprenticeships 1,050 1,101 1,174
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7,332 7,546 7,921
Total Total 20,056 19,829 19,855

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 students. 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 and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.