Shortfall likely in student numbers

Initial indications show student numbers at University of Otago will likely be lower than earlier expected, director of financial services Grant McKenzie says.

Mr McKenzie made the comments in a financial review tabled at the last week's finance and budget committee meeting, saying that if the trend continued it could cause strain on the university's budgets.

''Early indications [are] that the university may not achieve its budgeted level of student numbers for 2013.''

''If this trend continues there will be a detrimental impact on SAC [student achievement component] funding and tuition fee income, which will present a challenge at the 2013 budget review,'' he said in the report.

The university is yet to release any enrolment numbers this year. A university spokeswoman said they would be tabled at this month's council meeting.

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