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Equivalent Full-time Students (EFTS) 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Commerce 2,928 3,074 3,082 3,096 3,220
Health Sciences 5,871 5,857 5,815 5,815 5,761
Humanities 4,944 5,180 5,328 5,643 5,910
Sciences 4,413 4,458 4,375 4,362 4,418
Other University* 0 0 0 35 36
Subtotal 18,156 18,570 18,600 18,951 19,344
Other Group EFTS** 256 261 275 246 224
Total 18,421 18,830 18,875 19,197 19,568

* 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) 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Domestic 16,793 17,172 17,155 17,401 17,680
International 1,363 1,397 1,445 1,550 1,664
Total 18,156 18,570 18,600 18,951 19,344

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Enrolment By Qualification Type 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
PhD 1,307 1,317 1,293 1,301 1,259
Professional Doctorates 80 71 68 76 68
Masters 1,224 1,214 1,216 1,281 1,220
Postgraduate Diplomas 946 841 898 939 1,068
Postgraduate Certificates 596 547 485 538 473
Graduate Diplomas 314 388 416 426 475
Bachelor Honours 451 434 460 524 873
Bachelors 14,559 15,136 15,489 15,762 15,593
Undergraduate Diplomas 39 60 66 74 91
Undergraduate Certificates 0 5 7 18 25
Certificate of Proficiency 1,442 1,284 1,228 1,171 1,326
Interest Only 4 10 0 0 0
Foundation Studies 316 300 303 266 254
Other 4 6 7 6 17
Total 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416 21,728

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Female & Male Students 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Female 11,879 12,004 12,171 12,233 12,282
Male 8,720 8,936 8,942 9,183 9,446
X 2 2 N/a N/a N/a
Total 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416 21,728

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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
First Year 3,738 4,057 4,149 3,996 3,832
Returning 16,863 16,885 16,964 17,420 17,896
Total 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416 21,728

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Ethnicity of Students 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
European/Pakeha 73.4% 74.3% 74.3% 74.8% 75.0%
Māori 8.5% 8.5% 8.0% 7.8% 7.6%
Asian 18.8% 18.3% 18.6% 18.3% 17.9%
Pacific Islanders 3.9% 3.6% 3.2% 3.1% 3.1%
Other / unknown 3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 2.9% 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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Dunedin 3,182 3,407 3,627 3,903 5,266
Otago/Southland 2,033 2,213 2,309 2,413 2,240
Remainder of South Island 3,828 3,895 3,792 3,695 3,380
North Island 8,482 8,425 8,284 8,276 7,864
Overseas (including NZ Citizens Overseas) 3,014 2,938 3,012 2,986 2,823
Unknown 62 64 89 143 154
Total 20,601 20,942 21,113 21,416 21,728

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International Students 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Undergraduate 1,768 1,868 1,879 1,924 2,036
Postgraduate 824 825 769 766 762
Total 2,592 2,693 2,648 2,690 2,798

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International Students by Home Country 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
United States of America 656 581 578 530 652
China 458 452 426 397 329
Malaysia 254 287 405 506 483
India 103 99 101 104 97
United Kingdom 100 100 104 96 100
Germany 62 79 72 85 101
Iran 61 59 50 36 28
Brunei Darussalam 56 61 60 70 64
Canada 54 66 90 97 113
Saudi Arabia 52 63 75 73 82
Japan 51 55 49 40 45
Singapore 45 45 42 31 31
France 40 38 35 42 47
Brazil 38 30 8 13 16
South Korea 32 38 47 50 64
Thailand 32 32 33 36 36
Oman 30 30 24 23 25
Viet Nam 26 27 27 23 26
Norway 25 31 18 17 15
Taiwan 25 27 24 18 21
Samoa 22 23 24 23 20
Pakistan 21 11 16 18 17
Indonesia 20 19 12 10 13
Other 329 324 328 352 373
Total 2,592 2,577 2,648 2,690 2,798

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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Dunedin 554 593 652 636 668
Otago/Southland 416 474 518 547 530
Remainder of South Island 768 876 833 784 675
North Island 1,722 1,882 1,822 1,691 1,665
Overseas (including NZ Citizens Overseas) 263 230 321 321 273
Unknown 15 2 3 17 21
Total 3,738 4,057 4,149 3,996 3,832

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Staff Profile

Full time Equivalent (FTE) Academic & Research Staff 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Females 522 512 509 496 491
Males 668 676 670 666 669
Total 1,190 1,188 1,179 1,162 1,160
Full time Equivalent (FTE) Research-Only Staff 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Females 246 240 243 244 266
Males 182 183 178 170 189
Total 429 423 420 414 455
Full time Equivalent (FTE) General Staff 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Females 1,403 1,407 1,402 1,409 1,385
Males 781 770 750 771 748
Total 2,184 2,177 2,152 2,180 2,133
Total Staff 3,803 3,788 3,752 3,755 3,749

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Land & Buildings

Land (hectares) 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Land owned by the University 33 33 33 33 33
Land in Crown title for the University 12 12 12 11 11
Endowment Leasehold 22,243 22,243 22,243 22,246 22,246
Total Land Controlled by the University 22,288 22,288 22,288 22,289 22,289

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

University of Otago Nett Assignable Space (floor space in square metres) 2015 2014 2013 2011 2012
Commerce 8,453 8,714 8,929 9,022 8,929
Health Sciences 65,645 66,050 66,475 65,984 65,105
Humanities 20,027 20,167 20,163 20,298 20,533
Science 42,018 41,671 41,998 41,580 41,943
Administration & Other 72,124 70,425 75,626 67,868 62,672
Corporate 759 759 776 3,139 3,030
Information Services 15,687 15,803 15,962 15,612 16,106
Total 224,713 222,589 229,929 223,504 218,318

Note: University-owned flats and Residential Colleges total a further 57,274sqm.

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Library

Library Collection 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Books (volumes) 1,216,154 1,212,901 1,095,169 1,119,373 1,109,344
Serials (items) 467,117 493,941 570,385 544,236 536,242
Hocken pictures and photographs 1,131,458 1,130,574 1,130,452 1,127,127 1,122,970
Total 2,814,729 2,837,416 2,796,006 2,790,736 2,768,556
Print serials subscriptions 3,247 3,791 3,932 5,128 6,030
Electronic serials available 171,199 164,304 215,047 231,681 229,336
Total 174,446 168,095 218,979 236,809 235,366
Electronic books available 744,321 672,789 510,375 489,607 380,867