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 16 7 10 4 6 7
Māori Polytechnics 11 9 7 10 2 8
Māori Wananga 4 3 6 2 5 10
Māori Private Training Establishments 32 24 30 30 20 24
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 37 38 26 46 40 68
Māori Total 100 81 79 92 73 117
Pacific Universities 60 56 65 31 64 41
Pacific Polytechnics 19 17 14 22 17 22
Pacific Wananga 5 6 3 2 7 5
Pacific Private Training Establishments 54 46 55 33 41 43
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 65 121 62 117 58 110
Pacific Total 203 246 199 205 187 221
Asian Universities 63 86 76 69 75 71
Asian Polytechnics 7 15 8 17 11 15
Asian Wananga 0 0 1 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 9 12 12 10 7 4
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 41 37 27 44 42 51
Asian Total 120 150 124 140 135 141
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 26 34 36 24 28 39
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 3 6 2 6 6 4
European\Pākehā Universities 80 70 74 59 87 72
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 28 61 34 39 22 21
European\Pākehā Wananga 3 1 0 3 0 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 41 51 29 37 28 25
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 73 98 79 111 74 119
European\Pākehā Total 225 281 216 249 211 237
Total Universities 219 221 228 169 227 197
Total Polytechnics 63 112 60 86 55 68
Total Wananga 11 11 8 6 12 14
Total Private Training Establishments 126 127 121 97 92 85
Total Not in Tertiary Education 214 290 192 298 199 332
Total Total 633 761 609 656 585 696
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 6 16 8 9 3
Māori Polytechnics 6 8 6 4 10 10
Māori Wananga 2 3 4 3 2 4
Māori Private Training Establishments 20 21 26 15 16 20
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 36 64 48 51 42 55
Māori Total 78 102 100 81 79 92
Pacific Universities 43 22 46 45 57 35
Pacific Polytechnics 16 16 15 19 15 18
Pacific Wananga 5 3 1 6 2 1
Pacific Private Training Establishments 33 44 35 32 35 29
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 103 142 106 144 90 122
Pacific Total 200 227 203 246 199 205
Asian Universities 78 74 64 90 75 77
Asian Polytechnics 10 13 5 11 10 9
Asian Wananga 0 1 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 7 10 8 10 7 7
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 39 42 43 39 32 47
Asian Total 134 140 120 150 124 140
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 31 24 26 34 36 24
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 3 3 6 2 6
European\Pākehā Universities 74 59 75 65 74 56
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 17 28 28 37 25 22
European\Pākehā Wananga 0 0 1 0 1 1
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 28 47 25 45 29 37
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 80 119 96 134 87 133
European\Pākehā Total 199 253 225 281 216 249
Total Universities 207 161 205 211 222 177
Total Polytechnics 49 68 53 79 58 56
Total Wananga 7 6 6 9 5 6
Total Private Training Establishments 89 111 87 99 86 89
Total Not in Tertiary Education 251 342 282 363 238 328
Total Total 603 688 633 761 609 656
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.