Profile & Trends 2014: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research [Part 2 of 5]

Publication Details

This is edition 17 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Profile and Trends 2014: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research is the second of five new annual reports that, together, constitute Ministry of Education's annual publication Profile and Trends: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector.

The key findings of New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research for 2014 were:

  • 8,860 students were enrolled in doctoral degrees, including 3,900 international students.
  • 1,430 students completed a doctoral degree, including 667 international students.
  • Government funding of research via Vote Tertiary Education continued to increase from 2013 to 2014 to reach $308 million.

Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: September 2015

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New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research is one of five reports to be published this year, replacing Profile & Trends: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector. The new Profile & Trends series will be published throughout the year as information becomes available.

The reports to be published in 2015 will contain data on tertiary education trends and changes for the year ended December 2014, unless otherwise stated. The other four reports are:

  • New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Education Enrolments
  • New Zealand's Workplace-based Learners
  • Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions
  • Tertiary Education System and Student Support

Most of the statistics in New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research are derived from returns provided by government-funded tertiary education organisations to the Ministry of Education and to the Tertiary Education Commission. The bibliometric measures used in this report are produced by the Ministry of Education using data from Thomson Reuters. A list of figures are included at the end of the report.The report begins with the trend in doctoral enrolments and describes the characteristics of doctoral students. The first chapter also includes university doctoral enrolments and completions per academic staff member. The information on the academic impact of research and collaborations at universities includes comparisons with Australian universities. Chapter 2 covers information on the research funding of tertiary education organisations, including research contract income at universities, along with research expenditure at universities.

This year's Profile & Trends series represents the 17th annual survey of the tertiary education system to be published by the Ministry of Education.

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