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Equivalent full-time students (EFTS) 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Commerce 2,829 2,885 2,954 2,928 3,074
Health Sciences 6,483 6,267 6,089 5,871 5,857
Humanities 4,825 4,712 4,807 4,944 5,180
Sciences 4,435 4,334 4,437 4,413 4,458
Subtotal 18,572 18,198 18,287 18,156 18,570
Other group EFTS* 268 260 259 256 261
Total 18,840 18,457 18,547 18,421 18,830

* Other Group EFTS comprise EFTS enrolled in the Foundation Studies programme of the University subsidiary Foundation Studies Limited.

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EFTS by type (University only) 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Domestic 16,970 16,708 16,854 16,793 17,172
International 1,602 1,490 1,433 1,363 1,397
Total 18,572 18,198 18,287 18,156 18,570

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Enrolment by qualification type 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
PhD 1,399 1,383 1,325 1,307 1,317
Professional Doctorates 142 118 86 80 71
Master's 1,360 1,261 1,287 1,224 1,214
Postgraduate Diplomas 1,063 1,072 1,016 946 841
Postgraduate Certificates 628 690 638 596 547
Graduate Diplomas 215 243 294 314 388
Bachelor Honours 404 366 385 451 434
Bachelor’s 14,677 14,448 14,598 14,559 15,136
Undergraduate Diplomas 17 20 29 39 60
Undergraduate Certificates 0 0 0 0 5
Certificate of Proficiency 1,455 1,492 1,493 1,442 1,284
Interest Only 5 11 1 4 10
Foundation Studies 298 305 292 316 300
Other 0 0 0 4 6
Total 21,108 20,838 20,814 20,601 20,942

Note: Enrolments by qualification type sum to more than the total headcount as students can enrol for more than one qualification type.

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Gender of students 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Female 12,588 12,272 12,147 11,879 12,004
Male 8,519 8,565 8,665 8,720 8,936
Gender Diverse 1 1 2 2 2
Total 21,108 20,838 20,814 20,601 20,942

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First-year and returning students 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
First year 4,023 3,770 4,002 3,738 4,057
Returning 17,085 17,068 16,812 16,863 16,885
Total 21,108 20,838 20,814 20,601 20,942

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Ethnicity of students 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
European / Pākehā 71.4% 72.4% 73.1% 73.4% 74.3%
Māori 9.9% 9.3% 8.9% 8.5% 8.5%
Asian 20.5% 19.8% 19.2% 18.8% 18.3%
Pacific 4.7% 4.5% 4.2% 3.9% 3.6%
Middle Eastern / Latin American / African 3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 3.6% 3.5%
Other / unknown 3.7% 3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 3.2%

Note: Students who reported more than one ethnic group are counted once in each group reported. This means that the total number of responses for all ethnic groups can be greater than the total number of students who stated their ethnicities. Therefore, totals may be greater than 100%.

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Home area of students 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Dunedin 2,999 3,043 3,127 3,182 3,407
Otago / Southland 1,858 1,860 1,969 2,033 2,213
Remainder of South Island 3,796 3,813 3,903 3,828 3,895
North Island 8,946 8,737 8,570 8,482 8,425
Overseas (including NZ citizens overseas)

3,482

3,348 3,191 3,014 2,938
Unknown 27 37 54 62 64
Total 21,108 20,838 20,814 20,601 20,942

Note: The majority of NZ Citizens Overseas listed their home area as Australia (184 in 2018). Conversely, 187 of the 321 Australian citizens who enrolled in 2018 were normally resident in New Zealand prior to commencing University study, and so listed a New Zealand home area.

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International students 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Undergraduate 1,819 1,807 1,810 1,768 1,868
Postgraduate 1,096 1,030 913 824 825
Total 2,915 2,837 2,723 2,592 2,693

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International students by home country 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
United States of America 772 798 721 656 581
China 507 500 488 458 452
Malaysia

301

241 241 254 287
India 133 130 118 103 99
United Kingdom 85 89 86 100 100
Germany 59 69 72 62 79
Singapore 70 68 52 45 45
Canada 71 67 54 54 66
Iran, Islamic Republic of 52 55 53 61 59
France 35 46 52 40 39
Brunei Darussalam 38 41 52 56 61
Indonesia 43 39 32 20 19
Japan 35 37 44 51 55
Thailand 34 31 30 32 32
Norway 34 30 34 25 31
Korea, Republic of 29 30 31 32 38
Sri Lanka 29 23 14 10 23
Bangladesh 26 23 16 12 10
Vietnam 40 27 25 26 27
Oman 33 27 30 30 30
Pakistan 34 27 21 21 11
Other 455 431 426 392 378
Total 2,915 2,837 2,723 2,592 2,577

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Dunedin 573 578 616 554 593
Otago / Southland 462 428 432 416 474
Remainder of South Island 745 714 831 768 876
North Island 1,950 1,794 1,826 1,722 1,882
Overseas (including NZ citizens overseas) 293 255 277 263 230
Unknown 0 1 20 15 2
Total 4,023 3,770 4,002 3,738 4,057

Note: The majority of NZ Citizens Overseas listed their home area as Australia (33 in 2018). Conversely, 32 of the 43 Australian citizens who enrolled in 2018 were normally resident in New Zealand prior to commencing University study, and so listed a New Zealand home area.

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Staff profile

Full-time equivalent (FTE) academic and research staff 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Females 567 545 535 522 512
Males 640 651 662 668 676
Total FTE academic and research staff 1,207 1,196 1,196 1,190 1,188
Full-time equivalent (FTE) research-only staff
Females 225 198 181 246 240
Males 164 159 155 182 183
Total FTE research-only staff 389 357 336 429 423
Full-time equivalent (FTE) professional staff
Females 1,612 1,604 1,489 1,403 1,407
Males 872 872 841 781 770
Total FTE professional staff
2,484 2,476 2,330 2,184 2,177
Total staff 4,080 4,029 3,862 3,803 3,788

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Land and buildings

Land (hectares) 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Land owned by the University (other than endownment land) 33.9 33 32.1 33.7 33
Land in Crown title for the University 10.7 10.7 11.6 11.6 12
Endowment land 22,243 22,243 22,244 22,243 22,243
Total Freehold Land
22,288 22,287 22,288 22,288 22,288

Note: 1. Endowment land is tied up in long-term pastoral leases.

Note: 2. Land owned by the University (other than Endowment Land) has increased due to the purchase of two properties, partially offset by the sale of one property.

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University of Otago net assignable space (floor space in square metres) 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Commerce 7,662 8,633 8,453 8,714
Health Sciences 63,751 65,558 65,645 66,050
Humanities 19,364 19,702 20,027 20,167
Science 42,169 41,791 42,018 41,671
Administration and other 70,966 68,771 72,124 70,425
Corporate 759 759 759 759
Information services 15,113 15,195 15,687 15,803
Total 220,495 219,784 220,408 224,713 222,589

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 56,577 m².

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Library

Library collection 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Books (volumes) 1,231,268 1,224,672 1,217,737 1,216,154 1,212,901
Serials (items) 438,188 455,644 459,541 467,117 493,941
Print serials subscriptions 2,776 2,855 2,915 3,247 3,791
Hocken pictures and photographs 1,137,522 1,136,251 1,131,493 1,131,458 1,130,574
Hocken linear meters of archives 10,415 10,272 10,178 10,034 9,950
Electronic serials available 163,586 169,530 152,490 171,199 164,304
Electronic books available 953,812 850,783 779,443 744,321 672,789
Seating places available 4,584 4,500 4,392 4,388 4,388

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