Otago University is the oldest university in New Zealand. It was founded in 1869 when the South Island was colonised by people from Scotland.
The University of Otago is in second place in the country for the number of academic researchers and in first place for the quality of research.
In International Rating QSna 2013 Otago holds 155th place. Once in the top 120, Otago is working hard to regain their former position.
Otago University is located in the South Island, and the main campus is based in the ancient town (by local standards) of Dunedin. The main campus, as well as the administration building, was built by Scots settlers in the Victorian style back in the 19th Century. In addition, campuses are located in Auckland and Wellington. The university also owns Portobello Marine Laboratory in Otago Harbour.
According to a report for the year 2011 Otago enrolled 21,728 students, about a quarter of them from other countries.
At the University there are four academic departments:
Otago University produces more than 100 types of diplomas, from certificates in theology (a year of full-time study or the same number of hours of training at evening classes) to a Master of Dentistry (four full years of study).
A Certificate takes one year, a Bachelor degree takes two to three years, a Master’s degree takes three to four years, and for a doctorate, a doctoral thesis is required.
In 2014, the base cost of education at the University of Otago was from NZ$24,530 to $28,600 per year. A separate fee is charged for student accommodation.
For graduate school, students must have a high school diploma and two years of tertiary training. An alternative is the University preparatory programme (Foundation) from 7 to 12 months.
Speakers of another language must have English at IELTS not less than 6.0 and TOEFL not less than 5.5.
University of Otago owns 14 apartment buildings, which provide its students with accommodation, nutrition, and various household and social services. Most universities are committed to strengthening community and academic achievement among their students, regularly holding various inter-university competitions and events, and promoting independent student clubs.
With the help of teachers at Knox College and the College of the Holy Cross, the University of Otago offers high-level theology training.
Otago was the first university in Australasia to allow women to obtain a law degree.
For the first time in New Zealand, Professor Robert Jack implemented a radio broadcast from the Department of Physics at the University of Otago on 17 November 1921.
Due to its age the University alumni list is quite impressive. We select a few:
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