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Welcome from the Dean of the Otago Business School

Professor Robin Gauld - Dean, Otago Business School

Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai ki Te Kura Pakihi o Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo.

The world in which we live and conduct business is changing, and it’s changing fast! The leaders of tomorrow, our future entrepreneurs, and those that help the wheels of commerce turn, will face economic, social and environmental issues that, in many cases, we are only just beginning to tackle. They will also develop solutions to currently unknown issues that humanity will face.

The future is exciting, while also challenging. We must strive to make business a ‘force for good’.

Graduates from the Otago Business School gain not only a solid understanding of their chosen business discipline(s), and an appreciation of the wider business sector, but I hope they accept the challenge to ensure our communities grow culturally, socially, and economically.

Whether you end up working for a multi-national firm, government agency, NGO, a small not-for-profit organisation, or a run your own business, ultimately conducting business is about people.

The Otago Business School has a proud reputation for producing graduates that are highly regarded by all sectors of industry. They span the globe and reach the very top of their fields, and stand out for their excellent technical abilities but also because of their social and networking skills – a product of their ‘Otago Experience’ gained while living in Dunedin.

The independent lifestyle gives students the confidence to meet people, try new things, get involved, as well as test their business knowledge through various competitions and challenges. The opportunities outside the classroom are often just as important as what you learn inside it. I invite you to read more about the student exchange programme, business internships, volunteering, the Audacious entrepreneurial challenge, various student associations, and many other opportunities throughout this website.

You can be assured that your business qualification from Otago will be world-class. We hold dual international accreditation through AACSB and EQUIS, and are a founding member of the PIM network of the world’s leading business schools. Your business qualification from Otago is a passport to travel and work anywhere in the world.

We have a wide range of business disciplines to study, and excellent postgraduate qualifications where you can further develop your skills and passion for business. Our flagship programme, the Otago MBA is consistently ranked by international review agencies as being amongst the best, while our Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is developing strong links with the ever-important Chinese market.

Whether you’re wanting to study your first degree or enhance your career prospects with a postgraduate specialisation through our Business School, I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the Business School and the University of Otago, and welcome you to visit us at our Dunedin campus.

Lastly I refer you to the School's 2018-2022 strategy document (PDF, 102KB) that will help shape the School in the coming years.

Professor Robin Gauld

Dean of the Business School.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Commerce

Otago Business School Strategy

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