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