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Vice-Chancellor recruitment

Te whakauruka Tumu Whakarae

New Zealand's first university begins global search for new Vice‑Chancellor

Kai kā ihoiho o kā mauka whakahī, kai kā wai whakatere taniwha, kai kā pūkeka taumata rau o kā hau e whā, ka nui te matihere me te whakamānawa ki a koutou katoa. Whiria te taura here tākata kia heipū mai ki te take o Ōtākou māhorahora, e aumihi atu nei.

Invitation from the Chancellor
Te tono a te Kaiuruki

Tēnā koutou

The Council of the University of Otago is seeking to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor in 2021.

The University of Otago is Aotearoa New Zealand's first university. It was established in 1869. It is a prestigious public research university with a rich history as a cornerstone institution in civil society. It is highly regarded worldwide for its outstanding teaching, multidisciplinary research, and community service and outreach.

The University has five campuses located throughout New Zealand. Its principal campus is in Dunedin. There are 14 residential colleges located at this campus which underpin a unique student experience at a university well known for providing a wide-ranging curriculum across humanities, sciences, health sciences and commerce teaching programmes.

The University is committed to honouring the Treaty of Waitangi throughout all its institutions and operations. The University’s values and strategic imperatives for a sustainable future are set out in its Strategic Plan, Strategic Frameworks, and the Vision 2040 document.

The University is actively engaged with leading universities and research organisations nationally and internationally. It is a member of the international ‘Matariki Network of Universities’.

The University Council wishes to appoint an inspirational, empathetic and visionary leader of high academic standing, with the dedication and administrative experience and expertise required to lead the University successfully into the future.

The position requires a leader who will work collegially with the University Council and engage actively with staff, the wider university community, alumni throughout the world, the education and research sectors, local and central government, iwi and community organisations, and the business sector.

Further information about the position and application details can be found throughout this website.

Ngā mihi mahana, nā

Portrait of Dr Royden Somerville

Dr Royden Somerville QC
Chancellor