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The University of Otago was the top-performing university in
two out of four performance areas measured in the latest
round of tertiary league tables, and Otago Polytechnic was
ranked top in one area.
The performance information, released by the Tertiary
Education Commission yesterday, shows how taxpayer-subsidised
New Zealand students measured in four areas last year -
successful completion of papers or short courses, completion
of qualifications, progression to higher-level study and the
number retained in study.
The University of Otago was the top-ranked university for
students completing courses, on 89%, and the number of
students retained in study, with 88% either re-enrolling in
the university the following year or completing their
In terms of the proportion of students completing
qualifications, Otago was second on 81%, behind the
University of Auckland on 88%.
Otago did not feature in the other category which measured
the number of students progressing to higher-level study.
No response from the university was available yesterday.
Otago Polytechnic was the top-ranked institute of technology
or polytechnic for qualification completions, on 74%, and the
second-ranked in terms of course completions, on 83%.
Otago Polytechnic acting chief executive Mike Collins said
the institution's performance in the league tables reflected
well on the capability of its staff who were "extremely proud
of the work that they do to achieve such results".
"We are delighted with our place at the top of our sector for
qualification completion. This is an area we have put
significant energy into improving, and we will continue to do
so," Mr Collins said.
Aoraki Polytechnic, which has campuses in Timaru, Ashburton,
Oamaru, Christchurch and Dunedin, was the sixth-ranked
institute of technology or polytechnic in terms of course
completion, on 80%, and 68% for qualification completion.
With only 17% of students progressing to higher study, Aoraki
Polytechnic was the second-worst ranked institute of
technology or polytechnic in that performance indicator.
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said the overall
results showed the Government's continued focus on
performance in the tertiary sector was working well.
Overall, course completion had risen from 77% in 2009 to 82%
in 2011, and qualification completions had increased from 62%
to 71% in the same period, Mr Joyce said.
"This is exactly the type of improvement we have been working
towards. It shows the tertiary sector is responding to our
signals to focus on performance and to deliver better value
for taxpayers' money," he said.