Participation rates in tertiary education

Table 1: Participation rates at tertiary education providers for the working-age population by broad qualification level
Diplomas/certificates
1-7
Degree and  higher qualificationsTotal
Unadjusted rate Age-standardised rate Unadjusted rate Age-standardised rate Unadjusted rate Age-standardised rate

Notes:

  1. Access detailed technical information about tertiary education participation rates
  2. Profile & Trends: New Zealand's Annual Tertiary Education Enrolments for an analysis of latest trends and statistics
  3. Information on participation in workplace-based learning
  4. International students enrolled in tertiary education indicator.
  5. Groups with fewer than 30 students have been excluded.
  6. Data relates to domestic students enrolled at any time during the year in formal qualifications of more than one week's duration.
  7. Students enrolled at more than one qualification level are counted in each level.
  8. Students who identify with more than one ethnic group have been counted in each group.
2007 10.4% 10.3% 5.8% 6.0% 15.7% 15.8%
2008 9.4% 9.4% 5.8% 6.1% 14.8% 15.0%
2009 9.1% 9.2% 6.2% 6.4% 14.9% 15.1%
2010 8.7% 8.7% 6.3% 6.5% 14.6% 14.8%
2011 7.4% 7.5% 6.3% 6.4% 13.3% 13.5%
2012 7.0% 7.1% 6.3% 6.5% 13.0% 13.2%
2013 6.9% 7.0% 6.2% 6.4% 12.8% 13.0%
2014 6.6% 6.7% 6.1% 6.2% 12.4% 12.6%
2015 6.3% 6.3% 6.0% 6.0% 12.0% 12.0%
2016 6.0% 6.0% 5.8% 5.8% 11.6% 11.6%
2017 5.6% 5.6% 5.7% 5.7% 11.0% 11.0%

Table 2: Participation rates at tertiary education providers for the working-age population by ethnic group (age-standardised rates)
 AsiansEuropeansMāoriPasifikaTotal

Note:

In the case of ethnicity and gender, the tertiary education participation rates have been  adjusted using the 2013 national age and gender distribution estimates to produce additional age-standardised participation rates.  Age-standardised participation rates eliminate the effect of the different age distributions of the ethnic groups.  This means that the overall rates for each ethnic group are based on the same age structure, that is, the age structure of the total New Zealand population.  This means that if a group has a very high percentage of young people, this is not a distorting factor when we compare them with other groups. These overall rates, which are based on the same age distribution, can then be compared with each other without the presence of confounding by age.

2007 15.4% 15.3% 20.7% 14.4% 15.8%
2008 13.8% 14.5% 19.6% 14.2% 15.0%
2009 13.8% 14.5% 19.9% 14.7% 15.1%
2010 13.4% 14.2% 19.7% 14.9% 14.8%
2011 12.1% 12.8% 18.2% 14.1% 13.5%
2012 11.3% 12.5% 17.5% 14.0% 13.2%
2013 10.7% 12.7% 17.8% 14.9% 13.0%
2014 10.0% 12.4% 17.8% 14.2% 12.6%
2015 9.6% 11.9% 17.4% 14.0% 12.0%
2016 9.2% 11.5% 17.2% 13.3% 11.6%
2017 9.1% 11.0% 16.4% 12.5% 11.0%

Table 3: Participation rates at tertiary education providers for the working-age population by ethnic group and broad qualification level (age-standardised rates)
AsiansEuropeansMaoriPasifika
  Diplomas/
certificates
1-7
Bachelors and higher qualifications Diplomas/
certificates
1-7
Degree and higher qualifications Diplomas/
certificates
1-7
Degree and higher qualifications Diplomas/
certificates
1-7
Bachelors and higher qualifications
2007 9.0% 7.0% 9.5% 6.3% 17.1% 4.3% 10.7% 4.2%
2008 7.2% 7.1% 8.5% 6.3% 16.1% 4.2% 10.4% 4.2%
2009 6.8% 7.5% 8.3% 6.7% 16.1% 4.5% 10.7% 4.5%
2010 6.3% 7.5% 7.8% 6.8% 15.6% 4.8% 10.6% 4.7%
2011 5.2% 7.2% 6.5% 6.6% 13.9% 4.9% 9.9% 4.7%
2012 4.7% 6.9% 6.1% 6.7% 13.2% 4.9% 9.6% 4.8%
2013 4.3% 6.6% 6.2% 6.9% 13.4% 4.9% 9.9% 5.3%
2014 3.8% 6.4% 6.0% 6.7% 13.4% 4.9% 9.1% 5.4%
2015 3.5% 6.3% 5.7% 6.5% 12.9% 5.0% 8.8% 5.5%
2016 3.4% 6.1% 5.4% 6.4% 12.8% 5.0% 8.1% 5.5%
2017 3.2% 6.1% 5.0% 6.3% 12.0% 4.9% 7.4% 5.4%

Table 4: Participation rates at tertiary education providers for the working-age population by gender (age-standardised rates)
 FemalesMalesTotal

Note:

In the case of ethnicity and gender, the tertiary education participation rates have been  adjusted using the 2013 national age and gender distribution estimates to produce additional age-standardised participation rates.  Age-standardised participation rates eliminate the effect of the different age distributions of the ethnic groups.  This means that the overall rates for each ethnic group are based on the same age structure, that is, the age structure of the total New Zealand population.  This means that if a group has a very high percentage of young people, this is not a distorting factor when we compare them with other groups. These overall rates, which are based on the same age distribution, can then be compared with each other without the presence of confounding by age.

2007 17.0% 14.6% 15.8%
2008 16.4% 13.5% 15.0%
2009 16.7% 13.4% 15.1%
2010 16.4% 13.2% 14.8%
2011 15.3% 11.6% 13.5%
2012 15.0% 11.3% 13.2%
2013 14.8% 11.2% 13.0%
2014 14.3% 10.7% 12.6%
2015 13.9% 10.2% 12.0%
2016 13.5% 9.7% 11.6%
2017 13.0% 9.0% 11.0%

Table 5: Participation rates at tertiary education providers for the working-age population by qualification type and level

Note:

'Honours' includes bachelors with honours degrees and postgraduate certificates and diplomas.

  Certificates 1 Certificates 2 Certificates 3 Certificates 4 Dips/certs 5-7 Bachelors degrees Graduate dips/certsHonours Masters degrees Doctoral degrees
2007 0.6% 3.1% 2.9% 2.8% 2.3% 4.2% 0.5% 0.7% 0.4% 0.2%
2008 0.4% 2.6% 2.7% 2.6% 2.3% 4.3% 0.4% 0.7% 0.4% 0.2%
2009 0.4% 2.3% 2.7% 2.6% 2.4% 4.5% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2010 0.3% 2.1% 2.5% 2.5% 2.4% 4.6% 0.5% 0.9% 0.4% 0.2%
2011 0.4% 1.6% 2.0% 2.1% 2.2% 4.6% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2012 0.4% 1.5% 1.9% 2.1% 1.9% 4.6% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2013 0.5% 1.5% 2.0% 2.0% 1.8% 4.5% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2014 0.5% 1.3% 2.0% 1.9% 1.7% 4.4% 0.3% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2015 0.5% 1.1% 1.9% 1.9% 1.7% 4.3% 0.3% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2016 0.4% 1.0% 1.8% 2.0% 1.6% 4.2% 0.3% 0.9% 0.4% 0.2%
2017 0.4% 0.9% 1.7% 1.8% 1.5% 4.1% 0.3% 0.9% 0.4% 0.2%