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The Otago Post – Issue 14

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Graphic Masters leads to mobile app creation

Floris ‘Thomas’ Verbeek admits he’s not a conventional student…

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Firing the imagination with PhD on German fairytales
The chance to take a love of fantasy literature and mythological adventures and turn them into serious postgraduate study…

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Moving your family for your PhD
It would be difficult to find a more experienced international student than Otago’s Wan Noraini Wan Mansor…

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No need to leave home to study at Otago
Emma Spencer’s search for the perfect place for postgraduate biomedical study led her straight to Otago’s door...


Foreword: Why Otago?

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Professor Richard Blaikie
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise

I often get asked “Why Otago?

Why should I choose Otago University for my postgraduate study, rather than another high-flying University?” For our undergraduate population the wonderful residential campus experience is something that unquestionably sets us apart, and the ability to learn directly from some of the nation’s best research-informed teachers gives these students the best possible start to their first university experience… 

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In Brief

August - a month for Postgraduates to shine
The postgraduates are taking over…

Otago is coming to Auckland!
Calling all Auckland-based potential postgrads!…

Taking Distance Learning mobile
Otago’s Distance Learning students, many of whom are postgraduates…

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