An Education Ministry report released yesterday, What are they doing? The field of study of domestic students/learners, found enrolments in engineering & related technologies at bachelors level or higher reached an all-time high of over 11,500 last year, up 3500 (44%) from 2008.
Engineering students represented 6.5% of all students studying at that level last year, up from 4.9% in 2008.
Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment Minister Steven Joyce welcomed the focus on qualifications in STEM-related subjects (science, technology, engineering & maths). But another ministry report issued in June on the student profile & trends showed that, of the 420,000 students enrolled in formal study programmes in 2015, international student numbers rose by 14% to 61,400 (14.6% of the total), while domestic enrolments fell for most age groups.
Mr Joyce said the report out yesterday “shows there are more people enrolling & studying in qualifications for in-demand occupations that help strengthen & diversify New Zealand’s economy. The tertiary education strategy 2014-19 set a target to prioritise getting industries the skills they need; this shows the tertiary sector is delivering.”
Enrolments in information technology at bachelor’s level or higher last year increased by 33% since 2008 to reach 11,360, representing 6.4% of students studying at that level in 2015, up from 5.3% in 2008.
Mr Joyce said the Government had rebalanced tuition subsidies to more accurately reflect the costs of provision, “and that has encouraged universities to invest in growing places in some of these more expensive subject areas. On top of that, better & more accurate careers information is encouraging young people to choose these subjects.
Below bachelor’s degree level, domestic architecture & building enrolments in level 3-7 certificates/diplomas increased by 25% in the last 4 years to 25,500.
Attribution: Ministerial release, ministry reports.