Enrolments for Otago Polytechnic are ''well ahead'' of last
year, with the institution looking set to grow for the third
Otago Polytechnic communications director Mike Waddell said
as of yesterday 3427 equivalent full-time students (Efts) had
enrolled, which was more than 10% up on the 3012 Efts
enrolled at the end of February last year.
''We are naturally pretty excited about this,'' Mr Waddell
It was still ''too early'' to predict exactly where student
numbers would end up, and how much of the increase was due to
better enrolment processes resulting in students being
entered into the system earlier.
''It's slightly early to say, given that the majority of
students don't start till Monday and students often turn up
with their enrolment forms.
''We do expect this figure to come back somewhat, and it is
likely that we will be 5% up overall.''
Chief executive Phil Ker said at a polytechnic council
meeting yesterday that it was a ''very pleasing start to the
''This is an excellent result given that the level of
employment opportunities are increasing.''
International student numbers were ahead of target for both
the Dunedin and Auckland campus, but exact figures were not
given at the meeting.
The polytechnic's growth has come at a time when student
numbers have been falling at the University of Otago.