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Strategic Plan for the University of Otago, Christchurch

This document presents the current strategy of the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) and identifies key challenges through to 2012. As we operate in a changing environment, it can be expected that our planning and actions will need to adapt to meet the changing external contingencies and opportunities. The Strategic Plan provides an overall direction for the Christchurch campus, rather than being a detailed plan.

This document should be read in conjunction with the University of Otago's Strategic Direction to 2012, and with the Division of Health Sciences' Strategic Direction to 2012.

The increased funding for medical education, recently provided by Government, and a changing Government formula for funding Universities makes it particularly important that the School has a strategic direction to help make choices that will forge its future direction and character.

In the 2006 Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) assessment the University of Otago, Christchurch was judged to have the highest quality score for research of the four Schools of Medicine in the country.

Vision and Mission


A research-led campus with an international reputation for excellence.


The University of Otago, Christchurch will advance, preserve and promote the development of knowledge, critical thinking and intellectual independence to enhance the understanding and well-being of individuals and society. It will achieve this by building on a strong linkage with the Canterbury District Health Board and with our community, by enhancing excellent and diverse research and teaching, by promoting clinical excellence, and through its national and international links.

Strategic Imperatives

The following seven strategic imperatives have been identified:

Departmental Strategic Plans