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University of Otago

'Dare to be wise' – University of Otago 150th

The University of Otago, Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, New Zealand’s first university, is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019 – looking back on tremendous successes and looking forward to major developments that will, no doubt, foster cause for future celebration.

Events ranging from research forums, seminars and symposia, to sporting, cultural and civic events, will bring together students, staff, alumni, friends and the wider community. Some 150,000 people have studied at the University of Otago, over 20,000 study there today, with the help of over 4000 staff – so there are plenty of people invited to the festivities.

The forward-thinking settlers who established the University of Otago chose the motto ‘sapere aude’ – or ‘dare to be wise’. Since then the University has very wisely reinvested in its facilities, ensuring the best for its teaching and research staff and their students.

It is part way through a $650 million, 15-year building programme, which includes a renovated and extended Dental School, upgrades of the Science Precinct, residential colleges, Botany and the Health Sciences research project facilities. There will be new buildings for Arts, Marine Science, Music, Biomedical Research and a student and academic services hub.

As part of this on-going commitment to Dunedin City, the University has a wide range of career opportunities available for people who share its dedication and excitement for the South. Alongside academic and teaching roles, there are openings in trades and constructions, systems and network engineering, as well as a wide range of professional services roles – all of which play an essential part in the continued success of the University of Otago.