Otago University shares increase in Māori student enrolments
Encouraging statistics have just been released from one of our top universities.
The University of Otago which specialises in health and medicine sciences has reported a 10% increase in Māori student enrolments.
Māori Communications Advisor Matiu Workman says Māori student intake is increasing at Otago University.
“It’s a milestone for the university 2000 practically means that were up to around about 12% of our domestic enrolments here been Māori.”
Enrolment figures there are now more than 17,000 full-time equivalent students at the University, 320 more than the same time last year, with a 10% increase in the number of new Māori students.
“That’s a massive milestone for us but it's not the end of the road we want to get towards population parity which is around 15%.”
Māori students have reached population parity for admissions into medicine, the University's most competitive undergraduate programme.
“For our tauira, it’s also a sign that they actually can look beyond things like physical education and Māori language programmes to give you an example I think we had 78 health science students back in 2010 we now have 250.”
While Otago University has been labelled by some as the 'go-to' University for Māori and numbers have continued to climb over the last decade.
It’s expected that Māori students will reach the 2000 mark later this year.