The University of Otago's Division of Health Sciences provides Pacific Island students with a range of programmes and support. These include the Pacific Islands Research & Student Support Unit, and the Pacific Foundation Programme.
The Pacific Islands Research & Student Support Unit
- Coordinates support for over 200 Pacific Island students studying Health Sciences at the University of Otago
- Provides a research-informed approach on how best to recruit, retain, and increase the completion rates for Pacific students in health sciences
- Follows the Health Sciences Pacific Strategic Framework to coordinate work within the Division
- Engages with Pacific communities and organisations, schools, career advisors, government, and non-governmental organisations in the efforts to improve outcomes for Pacific students at tertiary level
The Pacific Foundation Programme
The Pacific Foundation Programme (PFP) works closely with PIRSSU.
- Is run by the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year
- Supports and prepares young New Zealand Pacific secondary school leavers wishing to enter the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY)
- Is 33 weeks long, and begins in late-February each year
Information, resources, and support for Pacific Island students
Pacific Island students have access to information, resources, and support from centres throughout the University of Otago, and other student associations:
- The University of Otago Pacific Island Centre offers resources and support to Pacific Island students
- The University of Otago's Student Learning Centre assists students with study skills and learning support
- The Pacific Island Health Professional Students' Association supports Pacific Island students studying Health Sciences at the University of Otago