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Annual Appeal 2017

Every dollar you gift to this year’s appeal will work hard for the future of the University and our communities.

Your contributions – large and small – all help us in this important work. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Global scholarship

New horizons with student exchanges

A few months of study in another country can change a life. But plans are just dreams without funds to make them real. The Otago Global Student Exchange Programme gave Sophie Holzwarth the chance to study at the University of Texas, one of close to 100 exchange partners worldwide, as part of her Otago degree.

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Aquavan for marine conservation

Do you know how many different species live around our coastlines? How many of us can name more than a handful of the 17,000 creatures inhabiting our 15,000 km of shoreline? The brand new University of Otago Marine Science Aquavan will be used to transport some of these marine species to help with research and teaching, and to link South Island communities with our marine aquatic flora and fauna.

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Finding Alzheimer’s earlier

New Zealanders are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Improved health care and better nutrition are important factors, yet with longer life comes an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This disabling condition calls for better means of early detection, so therapies can start earlier – a recent discovery by the Brain Health Research Centre at Otago may address this.

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Child cancer

Advances in child cancer research

Every week, 3 New Zealand children are diagnosed with cancer. These children often undergo intensive treatment for a prolonged period of time. At Te Aho Matatū, the Centre for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR), researchers are working on ground-breaking new methods to better match treatments to the needs of individual patients. Working with Healthier Lives and REACH Child Cancer, CTCR at Otago is now about to extend existing research using personalised cancer markers to include child cancer.

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Learning to Aspire at Otago

The Aspire programme helps young New Zealanders make good education choices. Aspire is an after-school experience for younger high school students from less affluent parts of town, at the University of Otago. Our student volunteer coaches work to show through a series of fun, interactive opportunities, just how diverse tertiary study can be and that exciting learning options are within reach after high school.

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Legal services

Legal Services Mapping Project

Around one in three New Zealanders needs legal advice each year. Finding such help can be hard, and there are real gaps in service access. One problem is the lack of a centralised source of information. The Legal Services Mapping Project at Otago will make it much easier for more of us to find low or no cost legal services in New Zealand.

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Alumni scholarships

Scholarships for success

Every year in New Zealand, a new group of young, gifted students emerges with outstanding academic potential. Yet many of these bright young people face real financial barriers to attending university. Worries about fees, residential college costs and living expenses can be overwhelming.

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