Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s first ever university and it has been pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved by a higher education institution ever since.
The University has an unparalleled record for teaching quality, receiving seven National Teaching Excellence Awards in the last 14 years. Postgraduate students make the most of a staggering 3:1 student to staff ratio and 12 flagship research centres.
Otago is unique in that it encourages both students and staff to get involved in volunteering. 91% of staff at the institution are involved with community services such as animal welfare programmes and human rights support groups. The University Volunteer Centre for students works with over 160 different organisations and holds around 1,700 student helpers.
Ranking in the top 10 universities worldwide for sports-related subjects, the University of Otago boasts brilliant sporting facilities across campus. The University Rugby Club has played host to the teaching and training of more New Zealand internationals than any other rugby club.
The University holds one of the 16 most beautiful campuses in the world, according to rankings by the Telegraph newspaper in the UK. It also has over 140 different societies that students can join, and results from surveys show that students are happy with the facilities on offer at the institution.
There have been three different winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize at the institution in the last six years for expert research into the sciences, and it received NZD150 million in external research funding for 2016.
With over 195 different undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from, and 94% of graduates going into work or further study, students can be sure of a great education no matter what they study.