1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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HIGHER EDUCATION

In 2005, there were 28,630 students enrolled in the five ACT higher education institutions. The majority (64%, or 18,254 students) were completing a Bachelor degree. The second largest proportion (25% or 7,224) were completing a Higher degree, followed by other postgraduate studies (11% or 2,553). Most students (69%) were attending higher education institutions full-time. The proportions of male students and female students were similar with 14,354 males and 14,276 females enrolled.


The two largest higher education institutions in the ACT accounted for 90% of enrolments in 2005. Fifty per cent of students (14,317) studied at the Australian National University and 40% (11,498) studied at the University of Canberra. Ten per cent of higher education students studied at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Australian International Hotel School or the Australian Catholic University.

6.7 Students enrolled in higher education, By broad level of course - ACT - 2005(a)

Postgraduate
Undergraduate
Other
Higher degree(b)
Other post-
graduate
Bachelor
Other under-
graduate
Enabling courses
Non-award courses
Total
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
739
291
987
-
-
62
2 079
Australian International Hotel School
-
-
17
-
-
-
17
Australian National University
4 210
1 030
8 754
65
-
258
14 317
University of Canberra
2 159
1 108
8 028
4
19
180
11 498
Australian Catholic University (Signadou campus)
116
124
468
-
-
11
719
Total
7 224
2 553
18 254
69
19
511
28 630

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Enrolments for the Australian Catholic University are as at 30 June 2005. Enrolments for all other institutions are for the full year 2005.
(b) Comprises Doctorate by Research, Doctorate by Coursework, Master's by Research and Master's by Coursework.
Department of Education, Science and Training, 2005 Students: Selected Higher Education Statistics; Australian Catholic University Limited, Data available on request.

6.8 Students enrolled in higher education, By mode of attendance, type of attendance and gender - 2005(a)

Internal(b)
External and multi-modal(c)(d)
Full-time
Part-time
Full-time
Part-time
Males
Females
Persons
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
1 037
766
11
265
1 694
385
2 079
Australian International Hotel School
1
15
-
1
7
10
17
Australian National University
10 575
3 655
29
58
7 022
7 295
14 317
University of Canberra
2
6
7 752
3 738
5 096
6 402
11 498
Australian Catholic University (Signadou campus)
349
350
-
20
535
184
719
Total
11 964
4 792
7 792
4 082
14 354
14 276
28 630

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Enrolments for the Australian Catholic University are as at 30 June 2005. Enrolments for all other institutions are for the full year 2005.
(b) Under an internal mode of attendance, all units of study for which the student is enrolled are undertaken through attendance at the institution on a regular basis; or, where the student is undertaking a higher degree course for which regular attendance is not required, the student attends the institution on an agreed schedule for the purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
(c) Under an external mode of attendance, all units of study for which the student is enrolled involve special arrangements whereby lesson materials, assignments etc. are delivered to the student, and any associated attendance at the institution is of an incidental, special or voluntary nature.
(d) Under a multi-modal mode of attendance, at least one unit of study is undertaken on an internal mode of attendance and at least one unit of study is undertaken on an external mode of attendance.
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students 2005: Selected Higher Education Statistics; Australian Catholic University Limited, Statistics Unit, Data available on request.



Indigenous students

There were 197 Indigenous students attending higher education institutions in the ACT during 2005 compared with 216 in 2004 and 200 in 2003.


Indigenous persons comprised 0.7% of all ACT higher education students during 2005. The majority of Indigenous higher education students were enrolled at the University of Canberra (93 persons or 47%) and the Australian National University (90 persons or 46%).

6.9 Indigenous students enrolled in higher education, ACT(a)

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

Number (no.)

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
1
19
27
28
11
Australian International Hotel School
. .
. .
. .
. .
-
Australian National University
67
75
70
88
90
University of Canberra
67
101
98
97
93
Australian Catholic University (Signadou campus)
7
7
5
3
3
Total
142
202
200
216
197

Proportion(b) (%)

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
0.1
1.0
1.3
1.3
0.5
Australian International Hotel School
. .
. .
. .
. .
-
Australian National University
0.7
0.6
0.5
0.6
0.6
University of Canberra
0.8
1.0
0.9
0.8
0.8
Australian Catholic University (Signadou campus)
1.1
1.2
0.8
0.5
0.4
Total
0.7
0.8
0.7
0.7
0.7

. . not applicable
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Enrolments at the Australian Catholic University are as at 30 June for 2005 and as at 31 March for previous years. Enrolments for all other institutions are for the full year.
(b) Proportion of all students attending institution.
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students 2005: Selected Higher Education Statistics; Australian Catholic University Limited, Statistics Unit, Data available on request.



Overseas students

Overseas higher education students are those who are not one of the following:

  • Australian citizen (including Australian citizen with dual citizenship); or
  • New Zealand citizen or a diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative, or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative (excluding those with Australian citizenship); or
  • students with permanent residence status (excluding those who have New Zealand citizenship).

In 2005, there were 5,724 overseas students studying at ACT higher education institutions. Of these, 3,218 (56%) were male and 2,506 (44%) were female. Twenty-two per cent of these students (1,231 persons) were located offshore whilst undertaking their studies.


The two largest tertiary institutions in the ACT, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra account for the majority of overseas tertiary students. In 2005, 21% of enrolments (3,036 students) at the Australian National University and 22% of enrolments at the University of Canberra (2,573 persons) were for overseas students.

6.10 Overseas higher education students, By gender and onshore/offshore status - ACT - 2005(a)

Gender
Onshore/offshore status
Males
Females
Onshore(b)
Offshore(c)
Total
overseas
students
Overseas
proportion
of all
students
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
%

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
95
13
108
-
108
5.2
Australian International Hotel School
-
-
-
-
-
-
Australian National University
1 721
1 315
3 036
-
3 036
21.2
University of Canberra
1 402
1 171
1 342
1 231
2 573
22.4
Australian Catholic University (Signadou campus)
-
7
7
-
7
1.0
Total
3 218
2 506
4 493
1 231
5 724
20.0

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Enrolments at the Australian Catholic University are as at 30 June for 2005 and as at 31 March for previous years. Enrolments for all other institutions are for the full year.
(b) Students undertaking programmes of study conducted in Australia by Australian universities.
(c) Students residing overseas for the term/semester who are undertaking programmes of study conducted by off-shore campuses of Australian universities.
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students 2005: Selected Higher Education Statistics; Australian Catholic University Limited, Statistics Unit, Data available on request.


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