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The Otago Post – Issue 12

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Friday 11 March 2016 3:03pm

Standing out in a crowd

It’s a long way from an undergraduate degree in English Literature, minoring in German, to starting your own web company…

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A nose for a good thing
With almost two centuries of coffee growing in his family history, it’s little wonder Mario Fernandez knows…

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Aiding the cause of peace
What happens when one country gives aid to another – what form of peace does it create?

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A sense of achievement
Skye Kimura’s not letting anything stop her from completing a postgraduate diploma in Public Health.



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Professor 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. Read the rest of the foreword...

In Brief

First Alan Musgrave Scholar arrives
The first Alan Musgrave Scholar has arrived on campus…

Peaceful debate between scholars
The first debate between Masters students from the National…

A bit of Otago in Auckland
It may seem like a long way from the Dunedin campus…

Department of Applied Sciences PhD presentations
Postgraduates and their partnered businesses were the focus…

Postgrad options at Summer School

The University of Otago’s Summer School contains eight papers at postgraduate level and runs between January 7 and February 21 next year…

Do you have a postgraduate story you’d like to share?
The Otago Post is about sharing stories of Otago postgraduate success. Whether you’re still studying or have recently graduated, we’d welcome your story. Write to us at