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 been updated in these tables but National and school level data is 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 62 42 47 35 70 42
Māori Polytechnics 51 50 55 60 66 48
Māori Wananga 9 9 8 6 16 10
Māori Private Training Establishments 90 106 69 105 95 94
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 161 258 178 251 210 260
Māori Total 373 465 357 457 457 454
Pacific Universities 21 17 13 5 17 13
Pacific Polytechnics 7 9 12 10 15 10
Pacific Wananga 1 3 0 0 1 0
Pacific Private Training Establishments 13 13 11 9 7 12
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 19 33 32 34 34 40
Pacific Total 61 75 68 58 74 75
Asian Universities 30 30 39 27 28 33
Asian Polytechnics 8 10 7 9 17 13
Asian Wananga 0 0 1 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 5 7 3 3 5 5
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 14 15 19 21 23 18
Asian Total 57 62 69 60 73 69
MELAA Universities 9 4 7 4 5 7
MELAA Polytechnics 1 4 3 3 0 2
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 0 1 0 1 0 0
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 4 6 1 4 4 4
MELAA Total 14 15 11 12 9 13
Other Universities 2 3 2 1 0 1
Other Polytechnics 3 2 3 4 0 2
Other Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
Other Private Training Establishments 1 1 1 2 2 2
Other Not in Tertiary Education 4 2 2 4 3 1
Other Total 10 8 8 11 6 6
European\Pākehā Universities 335 264 312 240 316 251
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 155 113 149 153 158 136
European\Pākehā Wananga 7 3 4 5 5 6
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 134 222 118 190 108 171
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 354 443 340 523 359 492
European\Pākehā Total 985 1,045 923 1,111 946 1,056
Total Universities 428 336 400 292 386 316
Total Polytechnics 208 175 214 211 233 189
Total Wananga 15 13 10 10 21 12
Total Private Training Establishments 213 323 186 280 194 255
Total Not in Tertiary Education 514 693 516 754 566 721
Total Total 1,378 1,540 1,326 1,547 1,400 1,493
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 51 49 53 45 43 35
Māori Polytechnics 54 52 48 33 33 40
Māori Wananga 15 14 10 13 7 12
Māori Private Training Establishments 83 101 68 102 65 67
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 219 288 194 272 209 303
Māori Total 422 504 373 465 357 457
Pacific Universities 16 5 23 17 12 6
Pacific Polytechnics 4 6 6 4 8 4
Pacific Wananga 1 1 2 1 2 1
Pacific Private Training Establishments 13 13 6 14 12 10
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 34 42 24 39 34 37
Pacific Total 68 67 61 75 68 58
Asian Universities 37 29 26 29 38 29
Asian Polytechnics 10 10 10 3 6 11
Asian Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 4 3 2 6 3 3
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 14 20 19 24 22 17
Asian Total 66 62 57 62 69 60
MELAA Universities 5 2 8 5 7 4
MELAA Polytechnics 0 1 1 4 2 1
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 0 1 0 1 0 2
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 11 2 5 5 2 5
MELAA Total 16 6 14 15 11 12
Other Universities 4 5 2 4 2 1
Other Polytechnics 3 2 3 1 2 1
Other Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Private Training Establishments 1 0 1 2 0 3
Other Not in Tertiary Education 5 2 4 1 4 6
Other Total 13 9 10 8 8 11
European\Pākehā Universities 347 240 339 255 324 247
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 193 147 173 106 119 111
European\Pākehā Wananga 2 2 2 5 5 6
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 114 241 116 201 110 143
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 408 476 355 478 365 604
European\Pākehā Total 1,064 1,106 985 1,045 923 1,111
Total Universities 432 310 425 335 408 303
Total Polytechnics 245 202 227 141 165 160
Total Wananga 16 16 12 16 12 17
Total Private Training Establishments 194 333 171 296 171 207
Total Not in Tertiary Education 637 758 543 752 570 860
Total Total 1,524 1,619 1,378 1,540 1,326 1,547
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.