Profile & Trends 2016: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research [Part 4 of 6]

Publication Details

This is edition 19 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research is the fourth of six reports to be published in the Profile and Trends 2016 series.

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

  • There were 9,580 students enrolled in doctoral degrees in 2016, including 4,470 international students.
  • 1,310 students completed a doctoral degree in 2016, including 650 international students.
  • government funding of research and research-based teaching increased from 2015 to 2016 to $351 million.

Please Note: On 15 December 2017, Statistics New Zealand published revised data for the Research and Development Survey. We have updated this report with the revised data.

[19 December 2017]

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

Date Published: December 2017

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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 is 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 and tertiary education organisations, including research contract income at universities, along with research expenditure at universities.

This years Profile and Trends series represents the 19th annual survey of the tertiary education system to be published by the Ministry of Education.

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