Rapid growth in student numbers at Otago Polytechnic
means some semester two enrolments will likely not be
Figures given to the Otago Daily Times show that as of
March 4, 3704 equivalent full-time students (Efts) were
enrolled at the institution, an increase of 431 students
(13%) on the 3273 Efts enrolled in the corresponding period
International student numbers, at 295.7 Efts, were more than
double the 126.6 Efts enrolled at the corresponding period
The increase is largely because of the success of its
The polytechnic is now on track to beat its expectations for
student numbers this year by 6%.
However, the polytechnic's success means it will likely
exceed the amount of funding it was allocated by the
Government, meaning some student places would be funded only
by student fees.
Chief executive Phil Ker said the increase in student numbers
was exciting for the polytechnic.
The likelihood some enrolments would not be Government-funded
did not put the institution at risk, Mr Ker said.
''We can over-enrol on a student-fee-only basis, without
causing ourselves any harm, as long as we are doing so within
the capacity of the classes we have got.''
''The reality is we have got a wide range of programmes ...
where we can take another, say three to 10 people, without us
requiring to set up new class occurrences and hire new
The fact growth at the polytechnic was constrained by the
Government funding only a limited number of places was a
''tad frustrating'' , but the polytechnic ''understood the
rules of the game, and worked within them''.