International Student Enrolments in New Zealand 2004-2010
This report is the latest in a series of annual summaries of the publicly available data, from three main sources, on the number of enrolments of international students with New Zealand education providers.
Author(s): International Division, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: April 2011
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Section 1: Introduction
This report covers the period from 2004 to 2010. Summary information is also stated on the numbers of approved student visas and permits during 2004 to 2010, and international enrolments in tertiary (higher) education.
This information is disaggregated by origin, according to the key markets of North Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and North America. The estimated economic value-added to New Zealand from international education is also referenced.
From a peak of 121,190 international fee-paying enrolments in 2003 there was a 25% decline to 91,392 enrolments in 2008. This decline initially mainly affected private training establishments and schools, and from 2005 a reduction in total enrolments within the public tertiary education sector1 was also recorded. In 2009 there was a 6% increase in international enrolments, reversing the trend since 2003, and 3% growth occurred in 2010. The main beneficiaries of this growth were private training establishments, particularly English language schools. A graphical representation of this data is shown in Chart 1.
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Chart 1: Enrolments of international students in New Zealand, by provider groups
- The tertiary education sector includes the publicly-funded institutions of the universities, institutes of technology/polytechnics, and wananga; and the private training establishments (PTEs) that receive government funding for their students.