Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Unitec Institute of Technology

Chair: Ted van Arkel; Dr Lee Mathias from May 2014
Chief Executive: Dr Rick Ede
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Mt Albert, Auckland
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Newmarket (Auckland), Waitakere (Auckland), Albany (Auckland)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
96.4% Teaching and Learning
Capability
3.6% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
2.7% Level 1–2
31.5% Level 3–4
16.5% Level 5–6
46.3% Level 7–8
3.0% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
17.4% Architecture and Building
17.0% Society and Culture
13.8% Creative Arts
12.5% Management and Commerce
12.0% Engineering and Related Technologies
27.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec) continued to be a strong educational performer in 2013, and remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In a combined report, the outgoing Chair, Ted van Arkel, and the Chief Executive, Dr Rick Ede, highlighted a number of Unitec’s achievements for 2013. These included joint ventures with educational providers in India and Japan, with an 8.9 percent increase in revenue from international students that partially offset a seven percent decrease in domestic EFTS as the job market picked up.

2013 also saw the official opening of the IBM Delivery Centre on Unitec’s Mt Albert campus by the Prime Minister, and employment opportunities for more than 200 students. Unitec participated in the Auckland Construction and Infrastructure Industry Workforce Roadmap forum alongside industry leaders, institutes of technology and polytechnics and industry training organisations.

Of further note was the graduation of 300 Pasifika students in autumn, the highest number at one ceremony. Unitec also had property and technology strategies approved by its council to develop the Mt Albert campus and radically change its infrastructure and delivery capability.

Unitec’s enrolments declined by eight percent (624 EFTS), with the bulk of this decrease at Levels 1–2 and Levels 5–6. Unitec’s delivery was primarily at Levels 7–8 (46%), Levels 3–4 (32%), and Levels 5–6 (16%). The main fields of study were Architecture and Building (17%), Society and Culture (17%), and Creative Arts (13%).

Participation was above the ITP sector average for under-25-year-olds and Pasifika and increased compared with the previous year for the first group. Unitec had 103 Youth Guarantee EFTS (172 students) and 1,631 full-fee paying international EFTS (2,692 students).

EffectivenessTop

Unitec was above the ITP sector averages for each of the educational performance indicators (EPIs), except qualification completion. Compared with the previous year, achievement notably improved across all measures, except student progression.

Performance for the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was also equal to or above the ITP sector averages for all but the two completion measures for Pasifika. Achievement generally improved for the TES priority groups compared with the previous year. Rates increased across all four EPIs for Māori and for all measures except student progression for under-25-year-olds.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 Unitec had a net surplus of $2.0 million (1.3%), a reduction of $1.9 million from 2012. Total revenue decreased by $4.0 million (2.6%) from 2012 to 2013 and can be attributed to the reduction in Government funding by $6.1 million. Increases in both domestic and international student fees ($0.5 million and $2.0 million respectively) as well as interest income ($0.2 million) helped offset the reductions in government funding. Total expenditure decreased by $2.1 million (1.4%), mainly owing to cost reductions across the board. This is despite restructuring costs ($2.1 million) contributing to an overall increase in personnel expenditure of $0.9 million.

Total assets increased by $39.5 million (16.7%) from 2012, owing to $33.7 million in land and building property revaluations and higher cash balances ($5.0 million) from increased pre-paid student fees. The property revaluations also contributed to an increase in total equity of $35.7 million.

Unitec applied to transfer the Crown-titled assets it manages at its Mt Albert campus into its own title. These assets form approximately 45 percent by value of the land and building assets it manages. The application remained under consideration at year end.

In 2013, Dianne Kidd, who has served as a council-appointed member since 2011, was appointed as Deputy Chair for the remainder of her term.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Unitec ITP sector 
Students under 25 59% 52%
Māori 11% 23%
Pasifika 17% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Unitec ITP sector 
All  82% 80%
Students under 25 78% 78%
Māori 75% 75%
Pasifika 71% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Unitec ITP sector 
All 65% 73%
Students under 25 57% 66%
Māori 56% 65%
Pasifika 47% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Unitec region, 9% identified as Māori, 12% as Pasifika and 22% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 12% 8,319 8,483 7,859
SAC Students 9% 13,470 13,072 12,019
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 5% - - 103
YG Students 7% - - 172
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 78% 79% 82%
Qualification Completion 73% 57% 64% 65%
Student Retention 64% 59% 69% 72%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 37% 41% 38%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     70%
Qualification Completion 60%     49%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $79,167 $81,322 $75,224
Domestic student fees $33,309 $34,089 $34,659
International student fees $20,299 $21,743 $23,715
Other income (including research) $10,957 $14,820 $14,350
Total revenue $143,732 $151,974 $147,948
Expenses      
Personnel $86,824 $92,434 $93,354
Total expenses $139,007 $148,075 $145,991
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $4,725 $3,899 $1,957
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $227,627 $229,016 $262,585
Total Assets $236,961 $236,550 $276,126
Equity (net assets) $201,230 $205,129 $240,838
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $15,791 $19,719 $18,399
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $18,247 $11,797 $11,523
Other      
Staffing FTE 1,181 1,185 1,194
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 9 : 1 9 : 1 9 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 17 : 1 18 : 1 17 : 1