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 16 15 16 17 20 23
Māori Polytechnics 2 4 4 1 1 1
Māori Wananga 0 0 1 1 1 0
Māori Private Training Establishments 6 5 3 4 10 4
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 14 24 9 19 7 23
Māori Total 38 48 33 42 39 51
Pacific Universities x x x x 18 11
Pacific Polytechnics x x x x 1 5
Pacific Wananga x x x x 0 0
Pacific Private Training Establishments x x x x 10 1
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education x x x x 9 22
Pacific Total 26 32 32 39 38 39
Asian Universities 170 151 167 140 156 167
Asian Polytechnics 3 7 2 8 1 1
Asian Wananga 3 1 0 1 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 12 3 6 5 10 14
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 21 30 22 31 29 29
Asian Total 209 192 197 185 196 211
MELAA Universities 32 20 19 29 x x
MELAA Polytechnics 4 3 2 3 x x
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 x x
MELAA Private Training Establishments 4 2 2 3 x x
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 0 7 10 6 x x
MELAA Total 40 32 33 41 33 29
Other Universities x x x x x x
Other Polytechnics x x x x x x
Other Wananga x x x x x x
Other Private Training Establishments x x x x x x
Other Not in Tertiary Education x x x x x x
Other Total 6 1 7 2 5 1
European\Pākehā Universities 255 272 258 250 294 251
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 8 36 16 31 12 22
European\Pākehā Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 42 38 27 50 42 34
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 85 117 117 139 101 155
European\Pākehā Total 390 463 418 470 450 462
Total Universities 464 448 466 433 497 446
Total Polytechnics 18 49 25 40 16 26
Total Wananga 3 1 1 2 1 0
Total Private Training Establishments 61 52 40 61 67 52
Total Not in Tertiary Education 122 175 162 201 146 207
Total Total 668 725 694 737 727 731
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 (2012-2014 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Institution Type Year left school
2012 2013 2014
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Universities 14 10 12 15 15 12
Māori Polytechnics 2 1 3 2 3 1
Māori Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Māori Private Training Establishments 4 6 5 4 3 3
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 17 20 18 27 12 26
Māori Total 37 37 38 48 33 42
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 32 29 26 32 32 39
Asian Universities 147 142 165 147 165 134
Asian Polytechnics 7 5 4 9 1 5
Asian Wananga 0 1 3 0 0 1
Asian Private Training Establishments 4 6 8 4 4 8
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 32 32 29 32 27 37
Asian Total 190 186 209 192 197 185
MELAA Universities 28 27 33 18 20 26
MELAA Polytechnics 1 4 3 3 2 2
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments 2 0 2 2 1 2
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 4 5 2 9 10 11
MELAA Total 35 36 40 32 33 41
Other Universities x x x x x x
Other Polytechnics x x x x x x
Other Wananga x x x x x x
Other Private Training Establishments x x x x x x
Other Not in Tertiary Education x x x x x x
Other Total 4 4 6 1 7 2
European\Pākehā Universities 263 235 261 247 257 229
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 23 22 11 26 23 24
European\Pākehā Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 29 57 34 46 24 43
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 132 146 84 144 113 174
European\Pākehā Total 447 460 390 463 418 470
Total Universities 456 405 461 417 460 400
Total Polytechnics 31 31 22 40 30 30
Total Wananga 0 1 3 1 1 1
Total Private Training Establishments 39 69 47 57 34 57
Total Not in Tertiary Education 182 198 135 210 169 249
Total Total 708 704 668 725 694 737
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.