He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!
The wisdom of this proverb provides the inspiration for the 2015 University of Otago Annual Appeal. Its joyful assertion of the power of people working together resonates strongly with those who had the good fortune to study at Otago. We celebrate this message today and will continue to celebrate it throughout the years to come as we approach the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University in 1869.
Over the next five years we have some ambitious goals that will enable researchers and students to lead the University into the future. A key priority will be support for young researchers seeking answers to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Environmental challenges, geopolitical instability and diseases of modern living are just some of the issues being tackled by Otago’s best and brightest.
These young researchers are achieving fantastic results, but there is still much to be done. That is why we are seeking your help to support research fellowships for early and mid-career academic staff. Fellowship funding provides opportunities for talented young academics to learn from world experts who are working at the very frontiers of knowledge.
Helping prospective students overcome barriers to tertiary study is also a high priority in our planning. You can help us to support these students by choosing the Undergraduate Scholarships option included in this Appeal.
As always we are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement that you, our alumni and friends, have given so generously over the years. He tangata, he tangata - together we can make a difference.
Professor Harlene Hayne