24 May 2011
AUT University’s 2010 Annual Report is now available online and records a successful year of achievements to mark the University’s first decade.
AUT experienced a continued surge in applications and enrolments in 2010, both domestic and international, which took total student numbers to over 27,000 - making AUT one of New Zealand’s largest universities. Equivalent full time students (EFTS) increased to 18,952, up from 18,063 in 2009.
2010 was AUT’s most successful year to date for securing research funding, with a total of $18.5M, and University research outputs increased by 25% to almost 2700.
The University demonstrated excellent financial management, maintaining its solid performance in meeting the 3% surplus requirement set by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack said he was pleased with the University’s growth and achievements as it enters its second decade.
“AUT’s story has been one of growth and change as we’ve worked to establish a position as a major university with a crucial contribution to make to New Zealand’s future.
“Our enrolment has grown enormously over ten years with a dramatic shift in profile to degree and postgraduate level, our programme offering has expanded and diversified, and our research reputation and achievements continue to build,” said McCormack.
“And in growing our degree enrolment, we’ve shown our commitment to diversity, making a strong contribution to the opportunity for Aucklanders to participate in university education by pressing into communities and schools that have previously had little engagement with universities or higher education.”
McCormack said strong financial management was essential for ongoing growth and performance.
“AUT has a record of efficient and effective educational delivery and financial management. This will continue to serve us well over coming years as we deliver a range of significant projects for our students and staff, such as the new Learning Precinct on our city campus.
“This $97M project will transform the city campus when completed in 2013 - linking it even more strongly to the CBD and providing high-tech teaching and learning facilities for media and communication studies, as well as exceptional new public spaces and student commons.”
McCormack said the new precinct was one of the priority capital projects for 2011 and 2012, along with the AUT Millennium Campus expansion on the North Shore to accommodate the Government funded National Sports Training Centre and Stage Two development of the Manukau campus in South Auckland.
*The Government Tripartite Adjustment fund supported New Zealand universities to maintain competitive academic salaries in an international market and was disestablished from 2011.
The full report is available here.
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Tiffany White, Director Corporate Affairs
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