Nearly half of all tertiary education funding in New Zealand comes from private sources, according to OECD figures.
The annual Education at a Glance snapshot shows that around half of all expenditure on tertiary education comes from public sources, considerably lower than the OECD average of 70 per cent.
However, the figures do also show that public expenditure on tertiary education in New Zealand as a percentage of total government expenditure is the highest in the OECD.
Overall, New Zealand is ranked seventh in terms of tertiary expenditure as a percentage of GDP.
The report also showed the ratio of students to teaching staff in New Zealand’s tertiary education institutions was 17 in 2015, compared with an OECD average of 16.
New Zealand had the highest proportion of international students in the OECD in 2015 at 21 per cent of all students, and the highest proportion of international enrolments among its bachelor’s degree students at about 25 per cent.
Enrolments in arts and humanities accounted for 12 percent of tertiary enrolments, whereas eight percent of students were enrolled in engineering and manufacturing subjects, nearly half the OECD average of 14 per cent.
New Zealand is second only to India in terms of the number of women enrolled in science, technology, engineering and maths courses.
Women make up 37 percent of enrolments in these subjects in New Zealand, with 38 percent in India. The OECD average was 30 percent.
In New Zealand, nearly half of all tertiary-level teachers are women, compared to an average of 43 percent across the OECD.