University of Otago

The University of Otago is a public collegiate university located in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. It scores highly for average research quality, and in 2006 was second only to the University of Auckland in the number of A-rated academic researchers it employs.The university ranks highly in national league table; in the past it has topped the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund evaluation.

The university was created by a committee, including Thomas Burns,and officially established by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council in 1869.The university accepted its first students in July 1871, making it the oldest university in New Zealand and third-oldest in Oceania. Between 1874 and 1961 the University of Otago was a part of the federal University of New Zealand, and issued degrees in its name.

Otago is known for its lively student life, particularly its flatting, which is often in old houses. Otago students have a long standing tradition of naming their flats.[6] The nickname “Scarfie” comes from the habit of wearing a scarf during cold southern winters.The university’s graduation song, Gaudeamus igitur, iuvenes dum sumus,acknowledges students will continue to live up to the challenge if not always in the way intended.

University highlights

  • University of Otago is New Zealand’s first University
  • Total population of 2,592 international students from 100 countries
  • Ranked 173rd in the 2015/16 QS world university rankings
  • Has more than 4,500 postgraduate students including 1,380 PhD students
  • Offers more than 185 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
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