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Vancouver alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

The Terminal Club in Vancouver provided a grand setting for our alumni and friends to gather and was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Toronto alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Toronto-based alumni celebrated the University's 150th anniversary in style at the University Club in Toronto.

Rhodes Scholarship for Otago Chemistry graduate

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Friday, 22 November 2019

University of Otago graduate Oliver Pooke has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to carry out postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Global accolade for young law graduate

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Law and arts graduate Maria Clezy credits her firm understanding of how the legal system works, along with the critical thinking skills she honed during her double degree at Otago, as laying the groundwork for her current recognition in the international legal directory World Tax.

University of Otago alumna behind major HIV discovery

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

US-based scientist and distinguished Otago alumna, Professor Carole McArthur and her team of researchers, are behind the recently-announced discovery and identification of a new HIV subtype, which has been characterised by US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories.

Giving a voice to the voiceless

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

At the age of 11, Zhiyan Basharati arrived in New Zealand with her family, having spent her childhood in a Kurdish refugee camp. Fear and violence were part of her everyday life.

Central Otago alumni events 2019

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

A lively group of alumni and friends from across the decades gathered at Edgewater Resort on October 15th and at Millbrook Resort on October 16th to connect with each other and reconnect with the University.

Equity and justice motivate NEXT Woman of the Year winners

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Two Otago alumnae took top honours at the recently-announced NEXT magazine’s Woman of the Year awards. Professor Diana Sarfati won both the Supreme award and the Health and Science category and Dr Zhiyan Basharati received the Community category award.

Court of Benefactors celebrates 150th anniversary

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Monday, 14 October 2019

A function to recognise the contribution of significant donors to the University was held at the staff club earlier this month. Known as the Court of Benefactors, members of the group came from around New Zealand.

Milestones celebrated at 1869 Heritage Festival

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

The many important scientific, political, commercial, cultural and medical milestones reached 150 years ago were celebrated during the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, which was held in Dunedin between 25 and 29 September.

Celebrating University scholarships

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Around 40 of the University's undergraduate scholarship recipients had a fun afternoon of pizza, games and celebration on Wednesday.

Networks and Events galleries

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Monday, 30 September 2019

View galleries from a selection of alumni events that have taken place between May – Sep 2019. We love keeping in touch with all our alumni, so keep an eye out for future alumni events near you.

Making a difference through funding

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Philanthropy in higher education is not new. Many educational institutions were founded on philanthropy, whether this was by royal patronage, civic leaders or individual and public support.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago issue 20

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Ten questions for the Templeton twins

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Two of Otago's most illustrious and hard-working alumni also happen to be twins. Ian and Hugh Templeton have each amassed a lifetime of fascinating experiences, along with some cricket and not a little wisdom. And they're still going strong.

Why we heart Otago: PhD bell

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Monday, 30 September 2019

The University of Otago has created a new tradition – inviting doctoral students to ring the University bell when they submit the hard copy of their PhD.

Stitching together the fabric of the University

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Care, skill, humour and attention to detail are woven into the tapestry created by the Otago Embroiderers' Guild which tells the story of the University of Otago

Messages from Myanmar

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Monday, 30 September 2019

The University's 150th anniversary has rekindled memories for Otago alumni from around the world. Recollections sent to the alumni office include a first-hand account from mining graduates from Burma (now Myanmar) who were students at the School of Mines in the 1950s.

Dr Brigid Inder inducted to PE Wall of Fame

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Friday, 27 September 2019

Dr Brigid Inder, OBE, a recognised global expert in women’s rights and gender justice issues, has this week been inducted to the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences Wall of Fame.

Kuala Lumpur alumni event 2019

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Nearly 100 Malaysia-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th on 26 August at the Official Residence of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Hunter Nottage.

Singapore alumni event 2019

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Over 100 Singapore-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th anniversary on 27 August at the Official Residence of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Singapore, H.E. Jo Tyndall.

Hong Kong alumni event 2019

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The 65th floor setting of the New Zealand Consulate-General Office in central Hong Kong provided the perfect setting for our alumni and friends to gather to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Stitching together the fabric of the University

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Monday, 2 September 2019

Care, skill, humour and attention to detail are woven into the tapestry created by the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild which tells the story of the University of Otago.

Gold Ball a glittering town-and-gown success

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A golden chandelier, strings of sparkly fairy lights and plumes of gorgeous feathers greeted ball-goers when they ran in from the rain on Saturday 10 August for the 150th Anniversary Gold Ball at the Dunedin Town Hall.

Honorary Doctorate for Sir Julian Smith

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Dunedin businessman Sir Julian Smith KNZM OBE FInstD will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Otago this weekend.

Christchurch alumni event 2019

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Over 200 Canterbury-based alumni and friends of the University of Otago attended a celebration of the University's 150th on 1 August at the stunning Great Hall in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

Blenheim alumni event 2019

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

A lively contingent of alumni and friends gathered at Wither Hills Winery at the end of July to connect with each other and reconnect with the University, and celebrate mutual achievements.