What is Otago University famous for?

University of Otago: New Zealand’s first university

As New Zealand’s first university, founded in 1869, the University of Otago has earned an international reputation for quality research and teaching.

Based on national data, we have the best performance indicators of any university in New Zealand for successful completion of courses and qualifications, student progression to higher level study, and students retained in study.

Achieving high approval ratings in employer surveys, Otago graduates are sought after and appreciated, with many occupying influential positions in industry, government and within their communities across the world.

Otago’s staff are truly world class. We have the highest concentration of internationally trained staff in New Zealand and the fifth highest concentration of internationally trained staff in the world: 70% of our academic staff are foreign born or are New Zealanders who gained their PhD overseas.

Our academics also hold more national teaching awards and produce more highly cited papers per capita than any other university in the country.

Dunedin is the only true university city in New Zealand and Australia with more than 21,000 young people coming to live and learn in our beautiful coastal city. The stunning campus, which is situated right in the centre of town, was recognised as one of the fifteen most beautiful campuses in the world by the Huffington Post.

Otago has world-class teaching facilities and libraries and our state-of-the-art gymnasium enables students to stay fit while they study. Our students also enjoy living in New Zealand’s first ‘Gigatown’ – Dunedin has access to the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere.