International Student Enrolments in New Zealand 2003-2009
This report summarises the publicly available data, from four main sources, on enrolments of international students within New Zealand education provider sectors from 2003 to 2009. Summary information is also stated on the numbers of approved student visas and permits during 2003 to 2009.
Author(s): International Division, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: May 2010
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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 2002 (note – this data is not directly comparable with the Export Education Levy data).
It is notable that there have been marked changes in demand from international students for the qualifications taught by tertiary education providers. From 2003 to 2006 there was a 45% decline in international enrolments in certificate courses, followed by a 30% rise to 2009. Similarly, from 2003 to 2007 there was a 36% fall in enrolments in diploma courses, follows by a 44% increase to 2009.
There has been a consistent growth in international enrolments in postgraduate courses, rising 79% from 2003 to the end of 2009. There was a very marked increase in international doctoral (PhD) enrolments from 2005 to 2009 (rising from 692 to 2,405 students). This increase can largely be attributed to the 'domestic fees status for new international PhD students' policy introduced from 2006.
Chart 5: 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 2009 the great majority of international tertiary students came from Asia (71%), followed by Europe (9%) and Northern America (7%). The largest proportion of Asia enrolments were in undergraduate courses (36%), as were most North American enrolments (58%). European enrolments had the highest proportion of participation in postgraduate courses (32%).
A comparison with New Zealand tertiary enrolments during 2009 shows that, overall, international enrolments were more focused on undergraduate studies (36% vs 29%), and had a substantially higher proportion of postgraduate enrolments (15% vs 8%). During 2009 the 43,457 international tertiary students made up just over 9% of all tertiary students enrolled with New Zealand education providers.
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