New data show the impact of NZ’s academic research is rising

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed figures that show the impact of New Zealand’s academic research has been rising when compared with the rest of the world.

A report released today, Profile and Trends, New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Research, shows the rate of citation of New Zealand’s research is now 1.26 times the world average.

Joyce has used the data as a measure of the worth of the Government’s science policies:

“The high quality of New Zealand’s academic research is one reason why the Government has felt confident to invest more in key funding instruments like the Performance-Based Research Fund, the Marsden Fund, and the Health Research Fund.

“In Budget 2016 the Government invested $761 million over four years in the Innovative New Zealand package across science, skills, tertiary education and regional development initiatives. The Government’s increasing investment in these areas will further improve the quality of research in New Zealand.

“It’s also encouraging to see the number of students enrolled in doctoral qualifications in 2015 has increased by a further 2 per cent on the previous year.”

Since 2005, the number of domestic graduates completing doctorates has increased on average by 2 per cent each year, while the numbers of international students completing doctorates in New Zealand have increased by around 25 per cent each year.

A copy of the report can be found here.

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