First-year applications at Otago Polytechnic have dropped
this year - despite a spike in international applications -
but there is still more demand than there are places,
communications director Mike Waddell says.
He said student applications were down on last year with 13%
fewer domestic applications - 2825 compared with 3244 in the
However, despite a drop in applications first year enrolments
were still on target and would not be down on last year, with
the total of 3382 first-year applications exceeding the 2281
student places the polytechnic had budgeted for.
Those applications included 39% more international student
applications - 557 compared with 400 last year, Mr Waddell
"We've got an early warning the tide might have turned after
four very solid years [of growth] and we would want to
address that but the positive thing is we've still got more
applications than we have places.''
The decline in domestic applications could be due to the
potential domestic students being employed and given
on-the-job training because of a skills shortage, he said.
About 180 of the international student applications were for
the Auckland campus and the rest were for Dunedin, he said.
There was no cap on the number of international students who
could enrol, although the polytechnic could impose a cap, he
''How much can you take that doesn't give you cultural
overload? But we are nowhere near that position and we
welcome all international students.''
Some courses were oversubscribed but several remained
''soft,'' Mr Waddell said.
Courses in the school of art, the school of architecture
building, engineering and natural resources and the school of
hospitality had places available, he said.
Certificates in stonemasonry, horticulture and cookery at the
Central Otago campus were soft, he said.
The certificate in cookery at the Dunedin campus was
performing well, he said. The soft courses of concern were
''They will continue to run, unless numbers really did fall
away, but we feel confident all the schools will meet their