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 5 16 7 6 10
Māori Polytechnics 7 13 10 12 10 12
Māori Wananga 5 9 1 8 6 5
Māori Private Training Establishments 27 28 34 29 30 22
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 38 56 36 49 39 48
Māori Total 84 111 97 105 91 97
Pacific Universities 71 49 69 75 71 71
Pacific Polytechnics 44 58 37 78 47 53
Pacific Wananga 5 7 5 9 7 7
Pacific Private Training Establishments 74 82 96 98 64 66
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 128 235 105 224 118 223
Pacific Total 322 431 312 484 307 420
Asian Universities 70 55 73 61 71 64
Asian Polytechnics 19 44 15 45 19 38
Asian Wananga 0 0 0 0 1 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 12 22 20 15 12 9
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 27 37 18 41 30 52
Asian Total 128 158 126 162 133 163
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 4 6 4 7 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 2 0 3 1 0 4
European\Pākehā Universities 7 11 13 7 6 13
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 3 7 7 9 2 7
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 2
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 5 12 13 13 8 8
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 9 20 15 21 13 22
European\Pākehā Total 25 50 48 50 29 52
Total Universities 150 120 160 140 151 146
Total Polytechnics 72 119 63 138 76 102
Total Wananga 11 16 5 16 12 13
Total Private Training Establishments 112 131 149 138 97 97
Total Not in Tertiary Education 194 319 159 307 177 317
Total Total 539 705 536 739 513 675
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 4 5 7 4 12 6
Māori Polytechnics 6 14 5 17 10 7
Māori Wananga 5 2 3 4 3 3
Māori Private Training Establishments 27 20 26 25 23 22
Māori Not in Tertiary Education 49 65 43 61 49 67
Māori Total 91 106 84 111 97 105
Pacific Universities 56 52 58 41 57 66
Pacific Polytechnics 30 52 35 49 38 48
Pacific Wananga 5 13 7 12 3 4
Pacific Private Training Establishments 65 61 64 69 74 65
Pacific Not in Tertiary Education 150 265 158 260 140 301
Pacific Total 306 443 322 431 312 484
Asian Universities 70 47 58 58 64 56
Asian Polytechnics 28 37 23 38 15 38
Asian Wananga 0 3 0 0 0 0
Asian Private Training Establishments 21 23 11 19 15 14
Asian Not in Tertiary Education 43 56 36 43 32 54
Asian Total 162 166 128 158 126 162
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 5 6 4 6 4 7
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 2 2 2 0 3 1
European\Pākehā Universities 15 9 6 10 10 6
European\Pākehā Polytechnics 5 8 1 8 7 5
European\Pākehā Wananga 1 0 0 0 0 0
European\Pākehā Private Training Establishments 9 8 6 9 7 9
European\Pākehā Not in Tertiary Education 21 32 12 23 24 30
European\Pākehā Total 51 57 25 50 48 50
Total Universities 143 107 125 112 135 126
Total Polytechnics 65 102 64 108 63 92
Total Wananga 10 17 10 14 6 6
Total Private Training Establishments 112 101 103 114 110 96
Total Not in Tertiary Education 246 387 237 357 222 419
Total Total 576 714 539 705 536 739
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.