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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pioneer podcasts tell the stories of our early alumni

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Just in time for our 150th birthday, a new Pioneer Podcasts page has been launched on our 150th website. The podcasts feature pioneering alumni talking about their time at University, their careers and the early days 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.

Networks and Events galleries

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

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

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.

Otago online MBA one of the best in the world

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Want to study at one of the best business programmes in the world? The Otago University online Master of Business Administration (MBA) consistently ranks as one of the top programmes globally.

Speeches the hidden gems of the 150th anniversary weekend

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

The hidden gems amongst the 150th celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend were the speeches given at the Convocation Ceremony, the church service and by the honorary doctorate recipients at the Anniversary Dinner.

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".

Lecture hot picks – @Otago Issue 19

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Wednesday, 3 July 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.

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.

Major Donation supports research into early-stage cancer detection

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Friday, 21 June 2019

The work of Professor Parry Guilford and his team at the University of Otago has received a major funding boost with a $50,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust to support their work on circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and cancer research.

Melbourne Alumni event 2019

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Monday, 17 June 2019

Blue and yellow table flowers and the glittering lights of Melbourne greeted guests to the Woodward Conference Centre for the Melbourne Alumni dinner on May 9.

A colourful, joyful tribute to 150 years

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The photos tell the story – The 150th celebrations at Queen's Birthday weekend were a colourful, joyful tribute to the past 150 years and a window to the hope and promise of Otago's future

Making dreams a reality

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Owning a home in the south of France sounds an unlikely dream, but Otago alumna Jennifer Andrewes and her family have made that dream a reality.

Governor-General to attend Otago's 150th celebrations

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Governor-General of New Zealand, Her Excellency the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, is to attend the celebrations at Queen's Birthday, delivering the 150th Anniversary address at the Convocation Ceremony on Saturday 1 June.

Sydney alumni event 2019

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Speaker, alumnus David Kirk entertained guests at the 2019 Sydney alumni event with the thought that our university years are the free-est time of our lives while highlighting the experiences that helped him find and define his 'authentic self'.

Auckland Gala 2019

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Friday, 17 May 2019

The spectacular and stately Grand Foyer of the Auckland War Memorial Museum was the setting for the Auckland Gala event held to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Four Honorary Doctorates to mark sesquicentennial

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Four University of Otago Alumni will be recognised for their life’s work and their contribution to the University, New Zealand and the world during a special graduation ceremony on 1 June.

Doing amazing things with clay

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

You've probably seen stop-motion animation or claymation in TV shows such as Shaun the Sheep, Pingu or Wes Anderson's film Fantastic Mr Fox, and now Science Communications alumna Rachel Anson has used it to help connect with the complex audience of teenage women.

Brisbane alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Around 30 alumni from Brisbane and the surrounding area joined for a casual get together with Shelagh Murray, Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the Hilton Brisbane on 11 April 2019.

Samoa alumni event 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

140 alumni, friends and distinguished guests gathered at Apia's Aggie Greys for a dinner to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary.

Fiji alumni event 2019

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

To celebrate the University's 150th anniversary alumni and friends gathered at the New Zealand High Commission Residence in early April. This was the Vice-Chancellor's Professor Harlene Hayne's first visit to Fiji and she was welcomed to the event with a cultural performance by Kabu ni Vanua.

Close match kicks off Kansai rugby tour


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Despite a sharp reminder that winter is just around the corner, a good crowd of around 300 braved wintry showers and turned out to watch Kansai Universities play Otago University A in the first match of Kansai’s rugby tour to Dunedin.