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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alumni events in China 2019

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The University of Otago was honoured to be able to host two alumni events in China; one in Shanghai on 18 July held at New Zealand Central and the other on 19 July in Beijing held at the New Zealand Embassy

Messages from Myanmar

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Thursday, 25 July 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.

Oxford alumni event 2019

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Monday, 22 July 2019

The University of Otago was delighted to be able to hold an alumni event at Merton College on Tuesday 2nd July, one of the University of Oxford's oldest colleges dating back to the 1200's.

Cambridge alumni event 2019

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Monday, 22 July 2019

The University of Otago was privileged to be able to hold an alumni event at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge on Thursday 27th June.

Edinburgh alumni event 2019

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Monday, 22 July 2019

The University of Otago's Edinburgh alumni function, held in the beautiful Lady Provost's Room at the City Chambers was a return to Scotland after many years.

Invercargill alumni event 2019

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Friday, 19 July 2019

The University of Otago's Invercargill alumni function was held in the vibrant library at the University's Southland campus, and was an occasion to celebrate the link between the University and its alumni.

Profile: Carrie Falling

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Carrie Falling was a recipient of the Macgibbon PhD Travel Fellowship (Division of Health Sciences), which is funded by the Alumni of Otago in America Inc.

Three books to celebrate the University

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

This year sees the launch of three books celebrating the history of Otago. A special 150th University of Otago edition of the Dunedin "Fonebook", "Otago, 150 years of New Zealand's First University", and "Scarfie Flats of Dunedin".

One family's musical talent spans three anniversaries

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

The musical talent of the Wallace family has featured at three of Otago's significant anniversaries. Family members joined together in Dunedin at Queen's Birthday weekend to enjoy the family's latest contribution to the University's milestone celebrations.

Past students help journey to new dentistry building

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

One of the "highest tech" dental facilities in the world was officially opened earlier this month – the hospital-level patient-treatment building for New Zealand's only national centre for dentistry, at Otago.

Why We heart Otago: OUSA Executive reunion

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Sir Eion Edgar and Professor Sir Murray Brennan spent the 150th Queen's Birthday anniversary weekend reconnecting with friends and reliving university days, and took time to share some of their thoughts about Otago and their time on the OUSA executive.