New Zealand’s Private Tertiary Establishments (PTEs) are delivering a quality education experience for domestic learners and international students that adds considerable value to learners, the workforce and the economy. A major new study, commissioned by Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), conducted by NielsenIQ, and with support from Education New Zealand found that:

  • PTEs perform at a similar level to universities and wānanga on qualification completion rates and better than institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs)
  • NZQA’s external evaluation and review process (EER) places 95 per cent of PTEs in category 1 or 2, indicating high confidence or confidence in their educational performance
  • 91 per cent of PTE international students rate their experience as positive
  • Māori learners at PTEs outperform those in ITPs on qualification completion overall, at all levels except post-graduate
  • Pasifika learners at PTEs achieve higher qualification completion than all other types of tertiary provider.


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