University of Otago

University of Otago

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The University of Otago was created by a committee led by Thomas Burns and was officially established in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council. The University enrolled its first students in July 1871, making it the Oldest University in New Zealand, and between 1874 to 1961 the University of Otago was part of the Federal University of New Zealand and issued degrees in its name.

Since 1961, the number of students that attended The University of Otago was about 3,000 and in 2016 about 20,000 students were enrolled in the Collegiate University, the University of Otago is located in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.




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The University of Otago is located in Dunedin, Otago, with the address as 362 Leith South, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand. The Campus is suited in the heart of Dunedin, a city offering the best environment to students. Otago also has campuses in two places known as Wellington and Christchurch, the campus in Dunedin is located close to the city and it is surrounded by student housing, most of the courses are offered in this campus including the only dental school in New Zealand. The Christchurch campus is based for medical and postgraduate health education and for researches on health in Christchurch, the south island’s major town center. Wellington is located at Wellington public Hospital in Newton.


The University of Otago was given 1000,000 acres of land, making it a very large institution, its main campus is located in the heart of Dunedin, Otago and Dunedin’s main infrastructure plays an important economic and social role to the University especially for the wider Otago region and it also provides connections to the rest of the country. Dunedin International Airport, at Momona, hosts both domestic flights and direct flights to Australia’s east coast, with connections to long-haul international flights via Auckland and Christchurch. The city also contains important electricity distribution networks which provide power to the wider region, and are part of the national communications infrastructure.

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The University of Otago has an international office which offers accommodation to all international students who are given an admission to study at the University. There are several options given to the international students who would prefer to live in the community or would want an independent lifestyle, if the student’s choice of accommodation is not available,  then the University will provide an alternative such as Salmond college, Aquinas College and Toroa  College which are approved residential colleges for international students under the age of 18. The University gives a variety of accommodation options that would be suitable to both the undergraduates/postgraduates including residential colleges and flatting. All the colleges are well furnished with equipped facilities, lovely apartments that will keep all students relaxed and happy.


The University of Otago has a total number of 4,029 (FTE) staff,  and a total number of 1,552 (FTE) academic and research-only staff, the academic departments and schools at the University of Otago is divided into four academic division, the educational activities are very good and uniquely the best.

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The University of Otago has the size of 1001 to 5000 employees, the University Offers good Jobs to the graduates and other certificate holders from the University, a Ph.D. student earns about NZ$25,000/yr, a postdoctoral fellow earns about NZ$70,000/yr and a lecturer earns about NZ$96,000/yr which is a good pay, and working experiences in the University is very much fun.

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