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Student numbers on the rise in higher education.

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K025 6 March 2000 

The number of students studying in universities across Australia has increased by more than 3,400 in the past year, according to a report released today by the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp. 

Welcoming the report, Students 1999, Selected Higher Education Statistics , the Minister said the enrolment in higher education of 603,156 students was sign of continuing steady growth in Australia’s tertiary education. 

"The report shows a growth of another 2.1% in 1999 enrolments, on top of the two per cent increase recorded in 1998, and that includes both Australian and overseas students," said Dr Kemp. 

Last year, over 231,000 students began higher education studies across the country ¾ an increase of 3,486 on total domestic numbers, and 1,972 more than in 1998. 

"In 1999 there are 17,795 more undergraduate places fully funded by the Commonwealth Government than there were in 1995. This includes 2,475 more undergraduate places in 1999 than in 1998," said Dr Kemp. 

The report also shows the total number of students has been increasing in all States and Territories except the Australian Capital Territory, which recorded a small fall of just 0.4%. The largest increase was in Tasmania, up 3.8% on 1998. 

"There has also been a shift in the subjects being studied, with more people enrolled in business-related skills, and a greater percentage of women entering tertiary institutions," said Dr Kemp. 

Students studying mathematics and computing subjects increased by over 8%; there were 5% more in engineering and processing; and students studying health sciences’ subjects rose by 4.3%. Women made up 57% of all 1999 non-overseas commencing students. 

Students 1999, Selected Higher Education Statistics contains summary statistics about higher education students - including information about student numbers, gender, enrolment type, and State-based data, gained from the 1999 and 1998 statistics collections by the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs. 

The publication is available from the Department’s web site at 

Media Contact: Samantha Herron 02 62777 460 or 0412 639 754 



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