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Why Otago?

Friday 11 March 2016 2:05pm

VC Harlene Hayne

The University of Otago has more than 4000 postgraduate students across its campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington and studying in their own homes via distance.

If our undergraduate students are the bread and butter of a university, these postgraduate students are the jam –bright, articulate and energetic Otago graduates and graduates from other universities around the world who are attracted here because of our quality research teams.

In the 20-plus years I have worked at Otago, I’ve supervised more than 40 such students – masters and doctoral candidates who have taught me as much as I’ve taught them. Whether contributing in taught classes, through conversations long distance, or through their research, postgraduate students bring value to any university.

Postgraduate education is also where Otago excels. Here postgraduates are welcomed with open arms and are provided with opportunities to not just work in the vicinity of our world-class researchers, but in close partnership.

They are valued members of department teams, providing not only their research capacity, but also acting as inspiring role models to other students who will follow in their footsteps.

My students over the years have become my friends and colleagues and I have treasured my time with them. Otago has provided them, and me, excellent research facilities, and with technical and administrative support that is second to none.

I look forward to more postgraduates following their pathway of discovery through Otago, whether in Dunedin on our historic campus, at one of our campuses in Wellington and Christchurch, or by using our excellent distance learning facilities.

Our motto challenges such students: Sapere Aude – Dare to be Wise.