My Dunedin Itinerary

University of Otago tops national educational performance measures

18 September 2017

The University of Otago has topped every one of the latest key Government indicators measuring the educational performance of students at New Zealand’s universities.


City's innovation and nous impress

10 August 2017

Some of New Zealand's top tech entrepreneurs are surprised at the amount of innovation happening in the Dunedin tech sector.


Foreign students bring positive impact to New Zealand's regions - report

24 March 2017

The total economic value of New Zealand’s burgeoning international education sector has surpassed NZ$4 billion (US$2.82 billion), with international students pumping in millions of dollars and generating hundreds of job opportunities in regions across the country, new research shows.


International students worth millions to Dunedin

21 March 2017

International students contributed  $117 million to the Dunedin economy, the latest figures show.

The Education New Zealand figures for the 2015 year were released this week and included a breakdown of the economic impact of international education in Dunedin for the first time.

In Otago, international students contributed $142 million to the economy, of which $117 million was in Dunedin (2% of total GDP) and $23 million (1.1% of total GDP) in the Queenstown Lakes area.


ICT Graduate School starts lectures in city

09 March 2017

Dunedin's newest tertiary education institution is now up and running.

The Signal ICT Graduate School has begun lectures and director Stuart Charters, of Christchurch, said there had already been overwhelming interest in some of its courses.


Top 10 spot for university

09 March 2017

A University of Otago department in the firing line for job cuts has been named among the top 10 in the world.

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences was the top-ranked university department in New Zealand after placing seventh in the annual QS World University Rankings by subject.


Global Impact Visa and Launch of Edmund Hillary Fellowship on 31 January

31 January 2017

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has partnered with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) to deliver the Global Impact Visa (GIVs) policy and programme. The policy has been designed to accelerate the growth of New Zealand’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and to enhance its global competitiveness by attracting and retaining high calibre entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams with the potential to make New Zealand an innovation leader. The policy is to be piloted for four years, accepting up to 400 participants who will be located across New Zealand.

Further information about the scheme and to apply, click on the link below


University of Otago to offer City of Literature scholarship

26 January 2017

The University of Otago and Dunedin City Council are excited to announce the launch of a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies.

A University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship will be offered annually to a research student to study at the University of Otago.


Students meet prospective bosses

13 October 2016

Hundreds of international students studying in Dunedin had an opportunity to meet prospective employers at a recent expo in the city.

Work Ready programme co-ordinator Melissa Fuller was delighted with the success of the event, which saw 16 employers at the Link at the University of Otago connect with university and Otago Polytechnic students on a ''very casual basis''.


Scholarship winners prepare for Shanghai business exchange

30 August 2016

Three Otago Polytechnic business students are preparing to head to China on a 14-week exchange programme, after receiving prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia.


International students adding value

09 August 2016

International education is a "great story'' for Dunedin, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan says.
People sometimes took for granted the value that it brought to the city, yet it provided ``massive'' added value.

``It's a great story of education, business and council working together to provide the city with economic vibrancy,'' he said.

International students added to the cultural and social dimension of Dunedin, as well as bringing in a considerable amount of money.


Education agreement set to boost Chinese student numbers into Dunedin

20 June 2016

Dunedin's Mayoral-led delegation to China has signed a major education agreement which has the potential to lift Chinese student numbers into the city considerably.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull signed the agreement in Beijing on behalf of the Dunedin City Council with JJL, one of the largest education consulting and service companies in China with 30% of the Chinese market.

Mr Cull says that as part of the agreement, JJL will promote Dunedin as a destination for quality education, actively broker Chinese students into secondary school and higher education opportunities, and work with the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and local high schools to increase the number of international students in Dunedin.”


English language enrolments up

04 December 2015

A significant increase in the numbers of international students learning English in Otago is being hailed as a big win for the region. Figures released by Education New Zealand once again showed Otago was lagging behind most of the country when it came to overall international student numbers and numbers increased by only 1% to 5127, compared with a 13% rise nationally.


Job Ready.png International students in Dunedin get connected

16 September 2015

Getting international students connected with career opportunities and insights is more important than ever. International research has shown how career options post-study drives international student demand and destination selection. This is why the Job Ready Launch was a great success, and recently featured in Education New Zealand’s e-news.


Mayoral Forum.jpg Mayor of Dunedin at the first New Zealand China Mayoral Forum

31 August 2015

Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull joined New Zealand and Chinese mayors at the first New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in the city of Xiamen to build closer local government connections and discuss economic development. With our strong education relationship with Shanghai – Mayor Cull was chosen from the New Zealand delegation to be the lead speaker on education. He launched the Dunedin China education videos.


Lifes a beach.jpg Life's a beach at Otago Uni - voted one of world's best beachside universities

29 July 2015

Surf's up for the University of Otago, named one of the world's best beachside universities. Otago was rated fifth behind Bond University in Queensland, the University of California in the United States, the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Hawaii.