The University of Otago was founded in 1869 by early Scottish settlers who recognised the importance of universities. Otago is the oldest and finest university in New Zealand with a long history of excellence in teaching and research.
Students at Otago are taught by academic staff who are dedicated to teaching and who are internationally recognised for their research. We are committed to educating the next generation of professionals across a wide range of disciplines, and we are also committed to nurturing the next generation of citizens in New Zealand and other parts of the globe. At Otago you will gain a world-class qualification, and you will also learn other important lessons along the way – lessons that will allow you to thrive in all aspects of your adult life. In addition, you will make friends whom you will keep for a lifetime.