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Berlin alumni event 7 July 2018

Saturday 7 July 2018 1:44pm

The University of Otago’s Berlin alumni function was held in the idyllic setting of the New Zealand’s Ambassador’s residence on 7 July. Guests from a wide range of graduation years were warmly welcomed to the residence by Ambassador Rupert Holborow and his wife Polly.

The function featured many twists of nostalgia; New Zealand wines and beers were accompanied by a slides showing historic and contemporary photos of the campus. The images triggered many memories and stories.

Event host Professor Helen Nicholson provided an update of current developments at the University and highlighted changes on campus. While many exciting projects had been completed, many more that would enhance Otago’s research and teaching capabilities were in the offing. She also outlined Otago’s steady increase in teaching and research outputs.

Professor Nicholson encouraged guests to think about returning to Otago next year to join in 150th anniversary celebrates. While numerous events in 2019 would be of interested, those planned for Queen’s Birthday Weekend in early June – which included a convocation ceremony, a series of anniversary dinners, departmental and residential college open days, and a gala concert – might be of special interest.

The evening also featured a screening of a recent Air New Zealand ad in which the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus had a starring role.

This was followed by a short video from a study abroad student from Germany who studied Marine Science at the University of Otago. Guests heard about her experience at Otago, while being able to revisit the spectacular scenery of the Otago harbour.

The evening was a wonderful opportunity for alumni to share memories and stories of time spent at Otago and possibly make plans for a return.