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Equivalent Full-time Students (EFTS) 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Commerce 2,954 2,928 3,074 3,082 3,096
Health Sciences 6,089 5,871 5,857 5,815 5,815
Humanities 4,807 4,944 5,180 5,328 5,643
Sciences 4,437 4,413 4,458 4,375 4,362
Other University* 0 0 0 0 35
Subtotal 18,287 18,156 18,570 18,600 18,951
Other Group EFTS** 259 256 261 275 246
Total 18,547 18,421 18,830 18,875 19,197

* Other University EFTS comprise continuing education EFTS not allocated to departments within the four academic divisions

** Other Group EFTS comprise domestic EFTS enrolled in the Foundation Studies programme of the University Subsidiary Foundation Studies Limited, law professional EFTS and from 2002-2003 students in the Overseas Trained Doctors Bridging Programme.

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EFTS by Type (University Only) 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Domestic 16,854 16,793 17,172 17,155 17,401
International 1,433 1,363 1,397 1,445 1,550
Total 18,287 18,156 18,570 18,600 18,951

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Enrolment By Qualification Type 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
PhD 1,325 1,307 1,317 1,293 1,301
Professional Doctorates 86 80 71 68 76
Masters 1,287 1,224 1,214 1,216 1,281
Postgraduate Diplomas 1,016 946 841 898 939
Postgraduate Certificates 638 596 547 485 538
Graduate Diplomas 294 314 388 416 426
Bachelor Honours 385 451 434 460 524
Bachelors 14,598 14,559 15,136 15,489 15,762
Undergraduate Diplomas 29 39 60 66 74
Undergraduate Certificates 0 0 5 7 18
Certificate of Proficiency 1,493 1,442 1,284 1,228 1,171
Interest Only 1 4 10 0 0
Foundation Studies 292 316 300 303 266
Other 0 4 6 7 6
Total 20,814 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416

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Female & Male Students 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Female 12,147 11,879 12,004 12,171 12,233
Male 8,665 8,720 8,936 8,942 9,183
X 2 2 2 N/a N/a
Total 20,814 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416

Note: The Department of Internal Affairs has created X as a category to accommodate indeterminate or unspecified gender for the purposes of passports or other identification documents.

The University's usage of X is consistent with this. Prior to 2014, X was not available as an option within the University's student enrolment system.

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First Year & Returning Students 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
First Year 4,002 3,738 4,057 4,149 3,996
Returning 16,812 16,863 16,885 16,964 17,420
Total 20,814 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416

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Ethnicity of Students 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
European/Pakeha 73.1% 73.4% 74.3% 74.3% 74.8%
Māori 8.9% 8.5% 8.5% 8.0% 7.8%
Asian 19.2% 18.8% 18.3% 18.6% 18.3%
Pacific Islanders 4.2% 3.9% 3.6% 3.2% 3.1%
Other / unknown 3.7% 3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 2.9%

Note: Ethnic data is expressed as a percentage because students may identify with more than one ethnic group.

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Home Area of Students 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Dunedin 3,127 3,182 3,407 3,627 3,903
Otago/Southland 1,969 2,033 2,213 2,309 2,413
Remainder of South Island 3,903 3,828 3,895 3,792 3,695
North Island 8,570 8,482 8,425 8,284 8,276
Overseas (including NZ Citizens Overseas) 3,191 3,014 2,938 3,012 2,986
Unknown 54 62 64 89 143
Total 20,814 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416

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International Students 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Undergraduate 1,810 1,768 1,868 1,879 1,924
Postgraduate 913 824 825 769 766
Total 2,723 2,592 2,693 2,648 2,690

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International Students by Home Country 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
United States of America 721 656 581 578 530
China 488 458 452 426 397
Malaysia 241 254 287 405 506
India 118 103 99 101 104
United Kingdom 86 100 100 104 96
Germany 72 62 79 72 85
Canada 54 54 66 90 97
Iran 53 61 59 50 36
Brunei Darussalam 52 56 61 60 70
France 52 40 38 35 42
Singapore 51 45 45 42 31
Japan 44 51 55 49 40
Saudi Arabia 42 52 63 75 73
Norway 34 25 31 18 17
Indonesia 32 20 19 12 10
South Korea 31 32 38 47 50
Oman 30 30 30 24 23
Thailand 30 32 32 33 36
Viet Nam 25 26 27 27 23
Denmark 24 14 11 16 18
Pakistan 21 21 11 16 18
Other 422 329 324 328 352
Total 2,723 2,592 2,577 2,648 2,690

Note: Note: Australian,Tokeluan and Cook Islands' students - whether resident in their home country or New Zealand prior to commencing study - are not counted as international students, and so are not included in the above figures.

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Home Area of First Year Students 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Dunedin 616 554 593 652 636
Otago/Southland 432 416 474 518 547
Remainder of South Island 831 768 876 833 784
North Island 1,826 1,722 1,882 1,822 1,691
Overseas (including NZ Citizens Overseas) 277 263 230 321 321
Unknown 20 15 2 3 17
Total 4,002 3,738 4,057 4,149 3,996

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Staff Profile

Full time Equivalent (FTE) Academic & Research Staff 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Females 535 522 512 509 496
Males 662 668 676 670 666
Total 1,196 1,160 1,190 1,188 1,179
Full time Equivalent (FTE) Research-Only Staff 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Females 181 246 240 243 244
Males 155 182 183 178 170
Total 336 429 423 420 414
Full time Equivalent (FTE) General Staff 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Females 1,489 1,403 1,407 1,402 1,409
Males 841 781 770 750 771
Total 2,330 2,184 2,177 2,152 2,180
Total Staff 3,862 3,803 3,788 3,752 3,755

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Land & Buildings

Land (hectares) 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Land owned by the University 32 33 33 33 33
Land in Crown title for the University 12 12 12 12 11
Endowment Leasehold 22,244 22,243 22,243 22,243 22,246
Total Land Controlled by the University 22,288 22,288 22,288 22,288 22,289

Note: Endowment land is tied up in long term pastoral leases.

University of Otago Net Assignable Space (floor space in square metres) 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Commerce 8,633 8,453 8,714 8,929 9,022
Health Sciences 65,558 65,645 66,050 66,475 65,984
Humanities 19,702 20,027 20,167 20,163 20,298
Science 41,791 42,018 41,671 41,998 41,580
Administration & Other 68,771 72,124 70,425 75,626 67,868
Corporate 759 759 759 776 3,139
Information Services 15,195 15,687 15,803 15,962 15,612
Total 220,408 224,713 222,589 229,929 223,504

Note: 1. Assignable Space is defined as the floor area measured from the inside face of the walls and deducting all the common use areas (corridors, toilets, etc.) and non-inhabitable areas (lifts, stairs, service ducts, etc.). Corridors provided within “open plan” offices are considered to be assignable space.

Note: 2. Assignable space at University-owned flats and residential colleges totals a further 56,577m².

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Library

Library Collection 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Books (volumes) 1,217,737 1,216,154 1,212,901 1,095,169 1,119,373
Serials (items) 459,541 467,117 493,941 570,385 544,236
Print serials subscriptions 2,915 3,247 3,791 3,932 5,128
Hocken pictures and photographs 1,131,493 1,131,458 1,130,574 1,130,452 1,127,127
Hocken linear meters of archives 10,178 10,034 9,950 9,680 9,545
Electronic serials available 152,490 171,199 164,304 215,047 231,681
Electronic books available 779,443 744,321 672,789 510,375 489,607
Seating places available 4,392 4,388 4,388 4,320 4,280