Uni top on two counts

 The University of Otago has again out-performed all other New Zealand universities in annually released league tables measuring student performance.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) released its 2013 performance information yesterday, showing Otago University top in two of four categories.

Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne hailed the university's performance at yesterday's council meeting, saying it was the fifth year in succession it had topped the tables on retention of students (90%) and the third on course completions (89%).

''Otago has once again been the top-performing institution.

''These data clearly indicate that some of the strategies that we are taking in terms of the selection and nurturing of our young people have been ... successful,'' Prof Hayne said.

The university more comprehensively out-performed other institutions in the 2012 tables, when it came top in all four categories.

Otago Polytechnic also performed well in the tables compared with other institutions in the polytechnic sector, coming in the top three in three out of four categories - course completions (82%), qualification completions (83%) and progression to higher-level study (47%).

Otago Polytechnic communications director Mike Waddell said the tables showed ''it was right up there with the best of both the polytechnic and the university sector''.

''The University of Otago has also done well [and] it's great that we have got two high-performing institutions in our own city.

''That's good news for us as a community.''

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz