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Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence

Looking for ways to engage with the Asia Pacific region? The Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) offer a range of programmes to strengthen New Zealand's relationship with the Asia-Pacific region, and prepare New Zealanders with the cultural and language skills to engage with the region.


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As a member of the CAPEs consortium, the University of Otago delivers a range of programmes to assist in meeting the CAPEs strategic objectives.

Some of the ways communities have benefited from CAPEs funding include:

  • A Cultural Acumen Training Tool for hospitality and tourism providers developed by the University of Otago
  • Through the Social Impact Studio, student volunteers share their cultures at local and regional schools
  • Regional business participate in business exchanges
  • Students participate in fully funded programmes in North Asia, South East Asia and Latin America


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Current opportunities

CAPEs programmes include a diverse range of opportunities for tertiary students and recent graduates.

Winds of Change – New Zealand-Chile student leadership programme

Find out more about the Winds of Change programme.

Markets Insight Programme – Seeking businesses and voluntary interns

This programme has run successfully in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland and is being extended to Dunedin this year.  Voluntary university student interns will work on accepted small projects that support export to East Asia or Latin America.  Expressions of interest from Dunedin businesses for suitable projects are now being accepted.

Building Global Community – Student Volunteer Workshops in Schools

Domestic and International students with some background in North Asia, South East Asia or Latin America are invited to apply to join our Building Global Community Student Volunteer Workshops in Schools programme. 

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