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Equivalent Full-time Students (EFTS) 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Commerce 3,096 3,220 3,526 3,586 3,471
Health Sciences 5,815 5,761 5,620 5,310 5,150
Humanities 5,643 5,910 5,971 5,646 5,449
Sciences 4,362 4,418 4,490 4,318 4,094
Other University* 35 36 55 43 31
Subtotal 18,951 19,344 19,661 18,903 18,195
Other Group EFTS** 246 224 257 269 134
Total 19,197 19,568 19,918 18,172 18,330

* 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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Enrolment By Qualification Type 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
PhD 1,301 1,259 1,258 1,206 1,104
Professional Doctorates 76 68 67 64 48
Masters - by thesis 1,059 969 979 921 874
Masters - by coursework 222 251 207 196 209
Postgraduate Diplomas 939 1,068 1,134 1,095 1,101
Postgraduate Certificates 538 473 526 525 535
Graduate Diplomas 426 475 487 405 383
Bachelor Honours 524 873 854 843 797
Bachelors 15,762 15,593 15,780 15,359 14,947
Undergraduate Diplomas 74 91 121 121 156
Undergraduate Certificates 18 25 31 48 28
Certificate of Proficiency 1,171 1,326 1,450 1,419 1,402
Interest Only 0 0 223 150 138
Foundation Studies 266 254 273 282 120
Other 6 17 20 25 17
Total 21,416 21,728 22,139 21,507 20,752

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Full-time & Part-time Students 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Full-time 17,509 17,883 17,953 17,291 16,440
Part-time 3,907 3,845 4,186 4,216 4,312
Total 21,416 21,728 22,139 21,507 20,752

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Female & Male Students 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Female 12,233 12,282 12,623 12,197 11,810
Male 9,183 9,446 9,516 9,310 8,942
Total 21,416 21,728 22,139 21,507 20,752

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First Year & Returning Students 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
First Year 3,996 3,832 4,458 4,453 4,167
Returning 17,420 17,896 17,681 17,054 16,585
Total 21,416 21,728 22,139 21,507 20,752

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Ethnicity of Students 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
European/Pakeha 74.8% 75.0% 75.6% 75.7% 76.8%
Māori 7.8% 7.6% 7.6% 7.5% 7.3%
Asian 18.3% 17.9% 17.2% 16.9% 16.0%
Pacific Islanders 3.1% 3.1% 3.1% 3.0% 2.8%
Other / unknown 2.9% 2.9% 2.5% 5.3% 4.4%

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 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Dunedin 3,903 5,266 5,486 5,380 5,214
Otago/Southland 2,413 2,240 2,216 2,162 2,123
Remainder of South Island 3,695 3,380 3,567 3,380 3,322
North Island 8,276 7,864 7,891 7,667 7,480
Overseas (including NZ Citizens Overseas) 2,986 2,823 2,791 2,674 2,446
Unknown 143 154 188 244 167
Total 21,416 21,728 22,139 21,507 20,752

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International Students 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Undergraduate 1,924 2,036 1,873 1,829 1,764
Postgraduate 766 762 776 643 588
Total 2,690 2,798 2,649 2,472 2,352

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International Students by Home Country 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
USA 530 652 578 524 487
Malaysia 506 483 473 326 303
China 397 329 291 295 351
India 104 97 74 69 53
Canada 97 113 99 112 94
United Kingdom 96 100 86 61 58
Germany 85 101 127 138 161
Saudi Arabia 73 82 90 63 62
Brunei 70 64 63 60 59
Korea (South) 50 64 70 86 96
France 42 47 45 49 47
Japan 40 45 60 82 84
Thailand 36 36 37 36 35
Singapore 31 31 33 35 39
Iran 36 28 20 12 9
Vietnam 23 26 25 22 21
Oman 23 25 28 25 19
Taiwan 18 21 22 26 26
Spain 20 20 15 10 9
Fiji 13 20 19 24 28
Samoa 23 20 15 17 18
Netherlands 14 19 19 18 17
Pakistan 18 17 11 6 5
Other 345 358 349 376 271
Total 2,690 2,798 2,649 2,472 2,352

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.

China enrolments include those from Hong Kong. United Kingdom enrolments encompass students from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Home Area of First Year Students 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Dunedin 636 668 901 891 873
Otago/Southland 547 530 577 549 556
Remainder of South Island 784 675 808 758 768
North Island 1,691 1,665 1,772 1,780 1,726
Overseas (including NZ Citizens Overseas) 321 273 355 424 227
Unknown 17 21 45 51 17
Total 3,832 4,458 4,453 4,167 4,371

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Staff Profile

Full time Equivalent (FTE) Academic & Research Staff 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Females 496 491 487 476 485
Males 666 669 680 699 695
Total 1,162 1,160 1,167 1,175 1,180
Full time Equivalent (FTE) Research-Only Staff 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Females 244 266 264 240 228
Males 170 189 169 172 179
Total 414 455 432 412 407
Full time Equivalent (FTE) General Staff 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Females 1,409 1,385 1,411 1,373 1,414
Males 771 748 741 723 736
Total 2,180 2,133 2,152 2,096 2,150
Total Staff 3,755 3,749 3,751 3,683 3,737

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Land & Buildings

Land (hectares) 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Land owned by the University 33 33 33 31 29
Land in Crown title for the University 11 11 11 8 8
Endowment Leasehold 22,246 22,246 22,235 25,585 25,585
Total Land Controlled by the University 22,289 22,289 22,279 25,624 25,622

Notes: Endowment land is tied up in long term pastoral leases

University of Otago Nett Assignable Space (floor space in square metres) 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Commerce 9,022 8,929 8,870 9,079 9,021
Health Sciences 65,984 65,105 65,904 66,229 65,902
Humanities 20,298 20,533 20,600 19,773 21,167
Science 41,943 42,020 39,013 38,046 37,627
Administration & Other 67,868 62,672 59,013 58,416 50,494
Corporate 3,139 3,030 3,033 2,923 4,439
Information Services 15,612 16,106 15,793 15,950 16,479
Total 218,318 215,233 211,383 205,548 203,233

Notes: University-owned flats and Residential Colleges total a further 56,190sqm, Unipol and Clubs & Societies 5658 sq m (approx).

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Library

Library Collection 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Books (volumes) 1,119,373 1,109,344 1,096,807 1,094,165 1,091,174
Serials (volumes) 544,236 536,242 526,937 525,512 517,738
Microfilms 229,550 229,493 232,546 224,052 229,582
Non-book materials 1,228,227 1,221,442 1,221,570 1,218,520 1,215,442
Total 3,096,521 3,077,860 3,062,249 3,053,936 2,905,195
Print Serials received 5,128 6,030 6,210 6,813 7,143
Electronic Serials received 231,681 229,336 174,844 111,919 73,359
Total 235,366 181,054 118,732 80,502 79,188