Tertiary strategy leads to record participation
A new report highlighting record tertiary participation and a significant jump in qualification completions shows that
the government's Tertiary Education Strategy is paying dividends Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve
Maharey said today.
New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector: Profile & Trends 2003, released by the Ministry of Education, summarises the overall performance of the tertiary education sector
"The report confirms that the New Zealand tertiary sector is growing and better serving the needs of the nation, the
economy and society," Steve Maharey said.
"More Mâori are participating in tertiary education, more students are taking advantage of the wide choice now available
at the tertiary level, and the sector is taking a stronger role in the nation's move towards a vibrant knowledge
Key points from the report include:
· In 2003 more than 13 per cent of the population aged 15 years and over were enrolled in formal tertiary
education, up from 10 percent in 1999, with a nearly 20% rise in industry training numbers.
· Maori participation has surged in the last five years and at 20%, Maori now have the highest participation rate
of any ethnic group.
· University research is thriving with PhD enrolments and completions up by nearly one third each and university
income from research contracts topping $260 million in 2003.
· Qualification completions increased dramatically between 2000 and 2003 at a rate of 51%.
"The Tertiary Education Strategy signalled the government's direction for building a strong and capable tertiary
education system," Steve Maharey said.
"This report shows we are meeting our goals and transforming the tertiary education sector for the benefit of tertiary
institutions, the New Zealand economy, and New Zealanders themselves."