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Govt welcomes more science graduates

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

More New Zealand students are graduating with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths, a trend the government says is good news for industry.

They're known as the STEM subjects and Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says they give industries the skills they need.

"More people are qualified to move into jobs where STEM skills are required," he said.

"The Tertiary Education Strategy 2015-19 set a target to prioritise getting industries the skills they need and this new report shows the government is delivering on that."

The figures are for 2015 and show:

* There were 2075 graduates in engineering and related technologies, an increase of more than 500 since 2008

* The number of female graduates completing civil engineering qualifications has increased by 82 per cent since 2008 and they now make up 19 per cent of civil engineering graduates

* Women completing electrical and electronic engineering degrees has increased by 71 per cent since 2008

* Graduates completing information technology qualifications increased to 1610, an increase of 515 since 2008

* Natural and physical sciences also increased as a proportion of graduates, reaching 9.6 per cent in 2015, up from nine per cent in 2008

* Overall, the number of domestic students completing a qualification at tertiary level was 121,700 in 2015, an increase from 107,285 in 2008.

Source: Ministry of Education study of domestic graduates 2008-2015

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