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Leading with the world’s best - New Zealand’s most highly ranked sport and exercise science programme, in terms of research and employer reputation.

The 2017 QS World University rankings confirm that Otago is New Zealand’s leading teaching and research university in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Otago ranked 7th out of 1,127 universities worldwide based on national and international academic reputation, research and reputation of our graduates amongst employers. The 7th place global score is the highest ranking of any department at any New Zealand University.

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News & Events

RoboCup Nationals in town this weekend

Regional competitions of Robocup Junior New Zealand were held up and down the country between July and September this year, with the nationals taking place in Dunedin on Saturday. Robocup is a unique event that excites and motivates school students, and allows them to choose between Robot Theatre, Rescue or Soccer. Any brand of robot may be used, provided they can be programmed and are not remote controlled. Students are also encouraged to build their own robots. Now played in over 30 countries around the world it is a regular feature of the annual university run RoboCup World Finals, where it is the largest league. Come along and see what all the fuss is about!

Challenging the mental health struggle

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.