Enrolment at Maritime universities decreased two per cent between 2006-07 and 2007-08, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission announced today, Dec. 10. The commission has released final 2007-08 statistics on enrolment at all public Maritime universities. Ten statistical tables and two databases are available on the commission’s website, www.mphec.ca, and include statistics on enrolment by province of origin, gender and age group between 2003-04 and 2007-08. Highlights include: Enrolment in all three Maritime provinces has declined since the peak in 2004-05. Total enrolment in the Maritime provinces was 69,135, down 5.5 per cent. In Nova Scotia, it was 41,676, down six per cent. New Brunswick had enrolment of 23,538, down 5.1 per cent. In Prince Edward Island, it was 3,921, down 1.8 per cent. — The number of graduate students increased 4.2 per cent in 2007-08 over the previous year, and 9.9 per cent since 2003-04. In 2007-08 they represented 12.9 per cent of students in Maritime universities. — The number of students originally from the Maritime provinces attending Maritime universities has declined 7.8 per cent, from 54,620 in 2003-04 to 50,367 in 2007-08. — The number of international students has increased 10.7 per cent since 2003-04. They now make up 9.7 per cent of enrolment. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. The 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments to enhance the post-secondarylearning environment. The commission collects and maintains data pertaining to post-secondary education in the Maritimes and conducts research on the Maritime postsecondary sector. Reports and research articles are available on the website, www.mphec.ca .