Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university. The University formally opened its doors in July 1871, with just three Professors.
Moving to the current location in the late 1870's, the University was well on its way to becoming the excellent learning establishment it is today.
One of the South Island's largest employers
The University of Otago employs over 4,000 full time equivalent staff (2017 statistic). Of these, over 1,500 are Academic and Research staff, and over 2,400 are Professional Staff.
As one of the South Island's largest and most influential employers, the University offers its staff excellent working conditions, an environment of vitality and growth, as well as a choice of working in a range of different divisions and departments.
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Over 20,000 students
There are over 20,000 students studying at the University. 2,800 of these are international students, from 100 different countries, creating a mix of cultures and learning styles. The majority of students relocate to Dunedin to carry out their studies, making the most of the residential colleges and flatting life offered here.
With Health Sciences focused campuses in Christchurch and Wellington, the University offers choice for students located in other parts of New Zealand.
The University of Otago is made up of four academic divisions and nine service divisions.
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The University has campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill.
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The governing body of the University is the University Council, which consists of both appointed and elected members, and is headed by the Chancellor. It seeks the advice of Senate on matters of academic policy.
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