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 4: International tertiary enrolments by qualification level
The tertiary Single Data Return (SDR) system operated by the Ministry of Education allows for detailed extraction of data on the enrolments of international students in public and private tertiary education providers, according to their qualification level. Table 11 presents the trend in international enrolments since 2004 (note – this data source is not directly comparable with the Export Education Levy information).
It is notable that there have been marked changes in demand from international students for the qualifications taught by tertiary education providers. From 2004 to 2007 there was a 45% decline in international enrolments in certificate courses, followed by a 21% rise to 2010. Similarly, from 2005 to 2008 there was a 40% fall in enrolments in diploma courses, followed by a 32% increase to 2010.
There has been a consistent growth in international enrolments in postgraduate courses, rising 78% from 2004 to the end of 2010. This increase can partly be attributed to the success of the 'domestic fees status for new international PhD students' policy introduced from 2006.
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Chart 7: Proportion of international enrolments by qualification level
Table 12 shows there were substantial variations in the profile of qualifications enrolments according to the regional origins of international students. In 2010 the great majority of international tertiary students came from Asia (72%), followed by Europe (8%) and Northern America (7%). The largest proportion of Asia enrolments were in bachelors courses (38%), as were most North American enrolments (74%). European enrolments had the highest proportion of participation in postgraduate courses (30%).
A comparison with New Zealand tertiary enrolments during 2010 shows that, overall, international enrolments were rather more focused on undergraduate studies (39% vs 32%), and had a substantially higher proportion of postgraduate enrolments (16% vs 9%). During 2010 the 45,638 international tertiary students made up 10% of all tertiary students enrolled with New Zealand education providers.
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