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Town comes to gown for the anniversary picnic
Friday, 15 February 2019
The sun shone and town definitely came to gown on Friday, when Dunedin residents and their families set up picnics, played games and listened to music on the Clocktower Lawn for the public launch of the University's 150th anniversary.

Pacific 150th celebrates the old and the Niu!
Friday, 15 February 2019
Cake, song and prayer set the tone for the launch of Pacific at Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations last week.

Stroke of luck brings bell home in time for anniversary picnic
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
It's taken 142 years, but finally the clocktower bell from the original University premises in Princes Street has found its way home.

Life still all about balance
Friday, 25 January 2019
Known for being "the most social group ever", the first-year physical education class of 1969 has racked up some impressive achievements in the past 50 years.

Kuala Lumpur alumni event November 2018
Monday, 14 January 2019
Alumni and friends gathered at the NZ High Commissioner's Residence in Kuala Lumpur on November 22 2018 to meet old friends and make new ones

Sit back, relax and tune in to Otago's 150th anniversary this summer
Thursday, 20 December 2018
To celebrate the start of The University of Otago's 150th anniversary, there's a great range of reading and listening coming to a radio station, a bookshop and a newspaper near you.

Generous donation from Otago Phoenix Club on their 50th anniversary
Monday, 17 December 2018
At the Otago Phoenix Club's 50th anniversary celebrations in November, University of Otago Advancement Services Manager Louise Lawrence accepted a very generous donation on behalf of the University's Foundation Trust, for the Dr Ted Nye Studentship Fund.

From the archives: A life worth celebrating
Monday, 17 December 2018
What started as plans to hold a small ceremony in Waimate to mark 100 years since the passing of a local legend, turned in to an all-day celebration of her remarkable if somewhat short life.

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 17
Monday, 17 December 2018
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online

University of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations set to go
Monday, 17 December 2018
Picnics, a regatta, concerts, parades, a rugby match, a dinner and a ball – an inclusive, colourful calendar of events is being planned for the University of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations next year.

Artwork competition for 150th anniversary colouring book
Monday, 17 December 2018
If you've got time on your hands over the summer, why not get out the camera and sketch book and have a go at creating some artwork for our upcoming 150th anniversary colouring book competition?

Four generations of graduates beat a path to Otago's door
Monday, 17 December 2018
Starting in 1905, four generations of the Foote family have made their way to the University, from all corners of New Zealand.

Professor Sir Murray Brennan keen to give back to help develop tomorrow's leaders
Monday, 17 December 2018
After a remarkable career distinguished alumnus Professor Sir Murray Brennan is keen to give back to Otago University, which he says helped prepare him to be a future leader.

A Beatles goodbye to Dunedin's Albany Street studio
Monday, 17 December 2018
In a Beatles-like tribute a group of Dunedin musicians, joined by some former Otago students, gathered at the Albany Street recording studio to record an album of 22 songs over three days.

Why we heart Otago: 150th anniversary regional road trip invitation
Monday, 17 December 2018
As part of the University of Otago's 150th anniversary celebrations, we're going on a road trip around the regions next year - on our Facebook page.

Father and son share deep Otago bonds
Monday, 17 December 2018
Centenarian Emeritus Professor Alan Horsman spent more than a quarter of a century leading the English Department at the University of Otago.

Diverse initiatives for this year's Annual Appeal
Monday, 17 December 2018
Initiatives in medical research, marine studies and cancer rehabilitation join student scholarships and a new home for Music, Theatre and Performing Arts as the focus of this year's annual fundraising appeal.

Otago alumna back home to develop her vision
Thursday, 6 December 2018
After a year of travelling between Central Otago, London and Sydney, vineyard owner, investment banker and mother of two Philippa Fourbet is looking forward to a summer of gardening, cooking, and being at home.

Singapore alumni event November 2018
Friday, 23 November 2018
John Laxon, Regional Director of Education New Zealand welcomed guests on behalf of New Zealand's High Commission in Singapore on Friday 23 November

Hong Kong alumni event November 2018
Monday, 19 November 2018
Alumni and friends gathered at the Hong Kong Football Club in Hong Kong on Monday 19 November to rekindle their Otago connections.

Otago surgeon helps separate conjoined twins
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Otago graduate Dr Michael Nightingale was part of the team that successfully separated conjoined twins in Melbourne, November 2018

Q&A with Otago alumna Nicky Shore, beauty business entrepreneur
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Otago alumna Nicky Shore has experienced every aspect of the beauty business in her journey to establish her successful Off & On beauty bars

San Francisco alumni event November 2018
Monday, 5 November 2018
Alumni and friends gathered at the Omni Hotel in San Francisco on Monday 5 November to rekindle their Otago connections.

International award winner a proud Otago graduate
Thursday, 1 November 2018
An Otago education holds a special place for Associate Professor Sajeev Koshy OAM  and his family. He is a double Otago University graduate and both his sons completed their studies here.

Toronto alumni event November 2018
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Photo gallery from the University's alumni event in Toronto at Hemingway's Restaurant on 1 November.

New York alumni event October 2018
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Kiwi-inspired food and a very entertaining speech from Mark Simmons, chef and owner of Kiwiana restaurant in New York, set the scene for the University's New York alumni event.

Queenstown Alumni event Sep 2018
Friday, 19 October 2018
University of Otago alumni and guests got together in Queenstown on 26 September to attend Dr Susan Houge's talk, Beyond economics: Rethinking Tourism in Terms of Worker and Community Well-Being

From Otago Sextet to Lexus singing stardom
Friday, 19 October 2018
Describing himself as a very late bloomer in the singing world, Otago music graduate Joel Amosa says winning the Lexus Song Quest in July has taken weeks to sink in.

Wanaka Alumni event Sep 2018
Friday, 19 October 2018
University of Otago alumni and guests got together in Wanaka on 27 September to reminisce, network, and attend a talk given by Dr Susan Houge

Robert Webster - flu hunter, fisherman, family man
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Sixty years, three children, eight grandchildren, and a distinguished international career as a virologist later, Dr Robert Webster has just published his personal account of a lifetime's work figuring out where the pandemic influenza viruses come from and how they spread to humans.

Scholarships easing transition from school to University
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
First year scholarship winners had a get together on Wednesday 26 September at the Dunedin Union Lounge

Why we heart Otago: Magnolia Tree
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Otago's beloved Magnolia tree is in full bloom – heralding the arrival of spring to the University community.

University marks 125 years of suffrage
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
To mark the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne planted a white camellia, in the Marama Hall garden

Scholarship giving mature students a boost
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
A desire to give those who haven't followed the usual academic path to post-graduate studies a second chance was behind the development of the Robinson Dorsey Scholarship

Donors recognised at Court of Benefactors dinner
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
A Court of Benefactors dinner held at the Staff Club last month enabled the University to thank its major donors for their ongoing support and to brief them on new developments

Ash Singh – being Highlanders' doctor is "dream job"
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
When describing his career trajectory, medical alumnus and Pulse Energy Highlanders doctor Ash Singh hardly gets through a sentence with the word "Otago" cropping up.

From the Archives: Clocktower
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Built in 1879, the tower was without a clock until the early 1930s, when then Chancellor Sir Thomas Sidey took the matter into his own hands.

Top teaching award for Otago academic and alumna
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Faumuina Associate Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga, Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Health Sciences, received the Prime Minister's Supreme award at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 16
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

UN fellowship opens eyes to global indigenous issues
Monday, 1 October 2018
Interacting with people from 35 different indigenous communities was the highlight of Otago graduate Jacob Ashdown's participation at the United Nations Fellowship programme in Geneva.

Otago "best decision ever" for Bangkok alumnus
Monday, 24 September 2018
Otago graduate and recent New Zealand Embassy in Thailand Alumni Hall of Fame inductee Ayudh Nakaprasit credits his time at the University as key to his academic and business success.

Director's direct link to play
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Otago History and Theatre Studies alumna Cindy Diver has strong family connections with a WW1-themed play she co-directed, which will be performed at Otago’s Dunedin campus this week. 


Alumnus- academic collaboration yields sports research
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
A partnership between Otago’s Department of Human Nutrition and Otago alumnus and sports dietitian Dane Baker has yielded important collaborative opportunities