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 17 9 22 12 19 9
Māori Polytechnics 3 8 5 12 4 5
Māori Wananga 5 9 2 6 5 4
Māori Private Training Establishments 33 28 18 15 19 23
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 26 38 26 36 26 32
Māori Total 84 92 73 81 73 73
Pacific Universities 125 16 141 27 137 33
Pacific Polytechnics 41 45 58 37 51 38
Pacific Wananga 5 12 10 11 9 2
Pacific Private Training Establishments 101 69 104 57 81 62
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 128 175 150 162 147 163
Pacific Total 400 317 463 294 425 298
Asian Universities 17 20 31 25 26 27
Asian Polytechnics 12 15 4 14 8 11
Asian Wananga 1 0 1 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 10 5 6 6 8 2
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 21 21 9 25 19 25
Asian Total 61 61 51 70 61 65
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 3 7 9 1 10 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 3 2 4 3 2 0
European\Pākehā Universities 46 105 42 93 53 91
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 5 10 6 11 4 7
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 1 0 2 0 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 10 7 4 6 3 13
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 15 27 21 30 18 32
European\Pākehā Total 77 150 73 142 78 143
Total Universities 197 148 226 153 223 156
Total Polytechnics 59 70 69 69 69 57
Total Wananga 12 19 13 18 14 6
Total Private Training Establishments 136 103 125 77 104 84
Total Not in Tertiary Education 180 244 188 239 198 238
Total Total 584 584 621 556 608 541
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 12 12 11 8 16 10
Māori Polytechnics 5 6 3 9 10 5
Māori Wananga 1 5 4 5 3 2
Māori Private Training Establishments 19 17 32 22 17 13
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 40 59 34 48 27 51
Māori Total 77 99 84 92 73 81
Pacific Universities 98 24 106 14 119 21
Pacific Polytechnics 37 39 35 36 47 27
Pacific Wananga 8 10 6 8 12 6
Pacific Private Training Establishments 95 42 77 57 75 38
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 172 199 176 202 210 202
Pacific Total 410 314 400 317 463 294
Asian Universities 28 26 17 18 26 24
Asian Polytechnics 3 8 12 12 5 11
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 2 1
Asian Private Training Establishments 8 5 5 6 6 5
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 24 26 27 25 12 29
Asian Total 63 65 61 61 51 70
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 10 6 3 7 9 1
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 7 3 3 2 4 3
European\Pākehā Universities 65 101 48 98 43 94
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 4 8 5 6 3 6
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 0 2 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 4 10 8 8 4 8
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 19 38 14 38 22 34
European\Pākehā Total 93 157 77 150 73 142
Total Universities 199 158 176 136 191 146
Total Polytechnics 45 56 56 58 61 47
Total Wananga 10 14 12 12 18 9
Total Private Training Establishments 120 66 104 84 95 57
Total Not in Tertiary Education 245 301 236 294 256 297
Total Total 619 595 584 584 621 556
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.