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 7 11 7 6 7 3
Māori Polytechnics 3 9 6 9 5 5
Māori Wananga 3 5 5 4 1 5
Māori Private Training Establishments 27 23 23 21 17 19
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 22 52 29 46 20 29
Māori Total 62 100 70 86 50 61
Pacific Universities 43 18 45 31 59 17
Pacific Polytechnics 14 24 12 14 9 16
Pacific Wananga 2 5 2 6 5 3
Pacific Private Training Establishments 50 35 38 29 32 33
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 53 94 59 112 50 87
Pacific Total 162 176 156 192 155 156
Asian Universities 27 28 14 10 24 19
Asian Polytechnics 5 14 6 4 3 9
Asian Wananga 0 0 1 0 0 1
Asian Private Training Establishments 4 6 6 6 5 4
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 8 18 10 20 8 15
Asian Total 44 66 37 40 40 48
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 2 11 6 8 6 4
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 1 6 2 2 2 2
European\Pākehā Universities 21 20 19 17 16 10
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 6 9 5 10 2 9
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 0 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 14 19 13 10 7 6
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 13 27 17 32 9 23
European\Pākehā Total 55 75 54 69 35 48
Total Universities 95 73 82 62 104 43
Total Polytechnics 29 57 29 35 18 37
Total Wananga 5 9 7 10 5 8
Total Private Training Establishments 87 79 71 63 53 55
Total Not in Tertiary Education 87 181 105 192 81 147
Total Total 303 399 294 362 261 290
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 8 8 4 9 7 8
Māori Polytechnics 7 5 6 5 4 10
Māori Wananga 2 3 4 2 1 2
Māori Private Training Establishments 22 17 17 18 19 14
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 26 51 31 66 39 52
Māori Total 65 84 62 100 70 86
Pacific Universities 26 15 34 16 40 28
Pacific Polytechnics 16 17 13 17 6 12
Pacific Wananga 2 6 3 1 0 2
Pacific Private Training Establishments 39 29 35 24 27 21
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 112 119 77 118 83 129
Pacific Total 195 186 162 176 156 192
Asian Universities 19 26 26 26 14 8
Asian Polytechnics 6 11 5 13 6 2
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 3 7 5 10 5 8
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 12 20 8 17 12 22
Asian Total 40 64 44 66 37 40
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 6 3 2 11 6 8
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 0 1 6 2 2
European\Pākehā Universities 11 19 22 21 20 20
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 8 9 2 8 3 8
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 0 2 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 10 13 8 16 12 5
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 21 33 21 30 18 36
European\Pākehā Total 51 74 55 75 54 69
Total Universities 61 65 84 68 79 60
Total Polytechnics 38 42 25 45 19 31
Total Wananga 6 9 8 3 2 4
Total Private Training Establishments 69 61 61 67 57 46
Total Not in Tertiary Education 167 217 125 216 137 221
Total Total 341 394 303 399 294 362
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.