Otago Polytechnic is experiencing strong domestic enrolments – resulting in the institution posting a more than $1 million surplus. 

Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Dr Megan Gibbons says the increase in domestic students — up more than 20% on last year — is “fantastic. 

There has been a 20.6% increase in domestic enrolments, an increase of 760 domestic equivalent full-time students (EFTS). 

Despite a drop of 40.3% in international enrolments (193 EFTS), Otago Polytechnic has experienced an overall 13.6% increase in enrolments for 2021 compared with the same time last year. 

“The strong rise is across a broad range of programmes and qualification levels. Most programme areas have full cohorts for Semester 1,” Dr Gibbons says. 

“The demand ranges across all of our areas, including various Construction programmes to Health and Wellbeing, Applied Management, Design and Creative, and many other areas. 

“Obviously, our international student numbers are down, given the implications of Covid-19. But the rise in domestic enrolments has certainly helped mitigate the reduced international market.”  

Read the Otago Daily Times article 

Published on 17 Mar 2021

Orderdate: 17 Mar 2021
Expiry: 30 Apr 2023