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About the University of Otago

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university. The University formally opened its doors in July 1871, with just three Professors.

Moving to the current location in the late 1870's, the University was well on its way to becoming the excellent learning establishment it is today.

One of the South Island's largest employers

lecture_theatreThe University of Otago employs over 3,700 full time equivalent staff (2013 statistic). Of these, 1,179 are Academic and Research staff, and 2,152 are General Staff.

As one of the South Island's largest and most influential employers, the University offers its staff excellent working conditions, an environment of vitality and growth as well as a choice of working in a range of different divisions and departments.

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Over 18,000 full time students

City_College_residentsWith over 18,000 students studying at the University, they are the lifeblood of the University of Otago. 1,445 of these are international students, creating a mix of cultures and learning styles. The majority of students relocate to Dunedin to carry out their studies, making the most of the residential colleges and flatting life offered here.

With Health Sciences focused campuses in Christchurch and Wellington, the University offers choice for students located in other parts of New Zealand.

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University Divisions

The University of Otago is made up of four academic divisions and nine service divisions.

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Campus Locations

The University has campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill.

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University Governance

The governing body of the University is the University Council, which consists of both appointed and elected members, and is headed by the Chancellor. It seeks the advice of Senate on matters of academic policy.

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