Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission

University enrolment, credential statistics released (09/10/29)

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Oct. 29, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The student population at universities in the Maritime provinces is becoming increasingly diverse, according to statistics released today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC).

The MPHEC released 2008-09 university enrolment and credentials granted data for all public Maritime universities.

While the number of undergraduate students from the Maritimes declined 13 per cent over the last five years, the number from outside the region increased by eight per cent during the same period. In 2008-09, students from outside the Maritimes accounted for 29 per cent of students enrolled in Maritime universities, up from 25 per cent five years ago.

The change was mainly from international students, whose numbers increased by 14 per cent over five years. Students enrolled at Maritime universities came from 164 countries, but most were from China, the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda and India.

The number of undergraduate Canadian students from outside the region hovered around 10,000 for the last five years, after a large increase of Ontario students in 2003. Enrolments from Ontario still represented more than half of Canadian students from outside the Maritimes.

Ten statistical tables and three databases are available online.

The MPHEC collects and maintains data about post-secondary education in the Maritimes and conducts research on the Maritime post-secondary education sector. The enrolment and credentials-granted data are obtained from the MPHEC postsecondary student information system (PSIS), which contains detailed information on student demographics, programs and courses for all students enrolled in public Maritime universities. Reports and research articles are available online free of charge.

The MPHEC was established in 1974. Its 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces and represent higher-education institutions, provincial governments and the public. Its mission is to help institutions and governments improve post-secondary education in this region.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are key statistics compiled by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission for 2008-09. MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa O'Connell, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 506-453-2844, e-mail,

Following are key statistics for 2008-09: