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 x x 6 6 7 8
Māori Polytechnics x x 2 2 1 6
Māori Wananga x x 0 1 1 0
Māori Private Training Establishments x x 4 6 5 4
Māori Not in Tertiary Education x x 10 17 11 13
Māori Total 28 25 22 32 25 31
Pacific Universities 35 18 36 22 37 16
Pacific Polytechnics 17 21 12 34 8 10
Pacific Wananga 0 2 1 1 2 2
Pacific Private Training Establishments 36 21 31 20 23 18
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 33 45 33 54 40 53
Pacific Total 121 107 113 131 110 99
Asian Universities 144 166 162 165 150 131
Asian Polytechnics 16 26 13 37 13 40
Asian Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 7 17 9 8 15 4
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 27 22 16 23 18 29
Asian Total 195 231 200 233 196 204
MELAA Universities 14 9 12 5 x x
MELAA Polytechnics 4 10 4 4 x x
MELAA Wananga 0 0 0 0 x x
MELAA Private Training Establishments 1 2 4 4 x x
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education 8 15 4 8 x x
MELAA Total 27 36 24 21 21 29
Other Universities x x 5 3 x x
Other Polytechnics x x 1 2 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 2 x x
Other Total 5 2 6 7 2 5
European\Pākehā Universities 41 27 44 41 40 43
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 9 16 10 17 7 21
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 15 16 13 16 11 10
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 29 31 39 48 29 46
European\Pākehā Total 95 90 106 122 87 120
Total Universities 228 220 252 232 231 196
Total Polytechnics 49 75 40 93 30 77
Total Wananga 2 2 1 2 3 2
Total Private Training Establishments 65 59 55 50 53 38
Total Not in Tertiary Education 101 116 92 139 95 141
Total Total 445 472 440 516 412 454
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 10 3 x x 6 8
Māori Polytechnics 1 6 x x 2 1
Māori Wananga 0 0 x x 0 1
Māori Private Training Establishments 4 8 x x 2 5
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 15 15 x x 12 17
Māori Total 30 32 28 25 22 32
Pacific Universities 33 16 27 15 25 19
Pacific Polytechnics 10 17 19 15 12 24
Pacific Wananga 0 0 0 2 3 0
Pacific Private Training Establishments 24 17 28 19 24 12
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 60 63 47 56 49 76
Pacific Total 127 113 121 107 113 131
Asian Universities 128 147 139 164 160 160
Asian Polytechnics 10 19 17 20 10 20
Asian Wananga 0 2 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 12 14 6 9 7 8
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 31 32 33 38 23 45
Asian Total 181 214 195 231 200 233
MELAA Universities x x 15 9 14 7
MELAA Polytechnics x x 2 4 2 4
MELAA Wananga x x 0 0 0 0
MELAA Private Training Establishments x x 3 3 5 3
MELAA Not in Tertiary Education x x 7 20 3 7
MELAA Total 20 29 27 36 24 21
Other Universities x x x x 4 4
Other Polytechnics x x x x 0 1
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 2 2
Other Total 2 1 5 2 6 7
European\Pākehā Universities 54 46 38 26 47 39
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 9 10 10 11 10 11
European\Pākehā Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 7 23 13 18 8 12
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 27 51 34 35 40 60
European\Pākehā Total 97 130 95 90 106 122
Total Universities 225 214 218 213 246 226
Total Polytechnics 30 54 49 56 32 59
Total Wananga 0 2 0 2 4 1
Total Private Training Establishments 50 57 53 51 40 37
Total Not in Tertiary Education 133 166 125 150 118 193
Total Total 438 493 445 472 440 516
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.