Participation rates in tertiary education

Table 1: Tertiary education participation rate of 16 to 64 year-olds by broad qualification level

Notes:

  1. 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.
YearDiplomas/certificates
1-7
Degree and  higher qualificationsTotal
Unadjusted rateAge-standardised rateUnadjusted rateAge-standardised rateUnadjusted rateAge-standardised rate
200610.8%10.7%5.7%5.9%16.0%16.0%
200710.4%10.3%5.8%6.0%15.7%15.8%
20089.4%9.4%5.9%6.1%14.8%15.0%
20099.1%9.1%6.2%6.4%14.9%15.1%
20108.7%8.7%6.4%6.5%14.6%14.8%
20117.4%7.4%6.3%6.4%13.3%13.5%
20127.0%7.1%6.3%6.5%13.0%13.2%
20136.9%6.9%6.2%6.4%12.8%13.0%
20146.6%6.6%6.1%6.2%12.4%12.6%
20156.3%6.3%6.0%6.0%12.0%12.1%
20166.0%6.0%5.9%5.9%11.6%11.6%

Table 2: Tertiary education participation rates of 16 to 64 year-olds by ethnic group (age-standardised)

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.

YearAsiansEuropeansMāoriPasifikaTotal
200614.6%12.7%18.3%11.1%16.0%
200714.0%12.6%17.8%11.9%15.8%
200812.3%11.9%16.9%11.7%15.0%
200912.1%11.9%17.1%12.0%15.1%
201011.6%11.5%16.7%12.2%14.8%
201110.1%10.4%15.3%11.6%13.5%
20129.4%10.1%14.8%11.4%13.2%
20138.8%10.3%14.9%12.1%13.0%
20148.1%10.0%14.9%11.6%12.6%
20157.6%9.7%14.5%11.4%12.1%
20167.4%9.5%14.5%10.9%11.6%

Table 3: Tertiary education participation rates of 16 to 64 year-olds by ethnic group and broad qualification level (age-standardised)

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.

Year Asians Europeans Maori Pasifika
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
2006 9.8% 5.3% 8.0% 5.0% 15.5% 3.5% 8.2% 3.2%
2007 8.9% 5.6% 7.8% 5.1% 14.9% 3.5% 8.8% 3.4%
2008 7.0% 5.7% 7.1% 5.1% 14.0% 3.5% 8.7% 3.4%
2009 6.4% 6.1% 6.8% 5.4% 14.0% 3.7% 8.8% 3.6%
2010 5.8% 6.1% 6.4% 5.5% 13.4% 3.9% 8.7% 3.8%
2011 4.6% 5.8% 5.3% 5.4% 11.9% 4.0% 8.1% 3.8%
2012 4.1% 5.6% 5.0% 5.4% 11.3% 4.0% 7.8% 3.9%
2013 3.7% 5.3% 5.0% 5.6% 11.4% 4.0% 8.1% 4.3%
2014 3.2% 5.1% 4.8% 5.4% 11.3% 4.0% 7.5% 4.4%
2015 2.9% 4.8% 4.6% 5.3% 10.9% 4.0% 7.2% 4.5%
2016 2.8% 4.7% 4.4% 5.3% 10.9% 4.0% 6.7% 4.5%

Table 4: Tertiary education participation rate of 16 to 64 year-olds by gender (age-standardised)

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.

YearFemalesMalesTotal
200617.3%14.7%16.0%
200717.0%14.6%15.8%
200816.4%13.4%15.0%
200916.7%13.4%15.1%
201016.4%13.2%14.8%
201115.3%11.6%13.5%
201215.0%11.3%13.2%
201314.8%11.2%13.0%
201414.3%10.7%12.6%
201513.9%10.2%12.1%
201613.5%9.7%11.6%

Table 5: Tertiary education participation rate of 16 to 64 year-olds by qualification type and level
Year Certificates 1 Certificates 2 Certificates 3 Certificates 4 Dips/certs 5-7 Bachelors degrees Graduate dips/certs Honours Masters degrees Doctoral degrees

Note:

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

2006 0.8% 3.4% 2.9% 2.8% 2.3% 4.1% 0.5% 0.7% 0.4% 0.2%
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% 2.3% 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% 2.1% 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 0.6% 1.3% 2.0% 1.9% 1.7% 4.4% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2015 0.5% 1.1% 1.9% 1.9% 1.6% 4.3% 0.4% 0.8% 0.4% 0.2%
2016 0.4% 1.0% 1.8% 2.0% 1.5% 4.2% 0.3% 0.9% 0.4% 0.2%