University of Otago was established in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council. The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university. The new university was given 100,000 acres of pastoral land as an endowment and authorized to grant degrees in Arts, Medicine, Law and Music. A federal university of New Zealand was established by statute in 1870 and became the examining and degree-granting body for all New Zealand university institutions until 1961.
The University of Otago had conferred just one Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1874 it became an affiliated college of the University of New Zealand. In 1961 the University of New Zealand was disestablished and the power to confer degrees was restored to the University of Otago by the University of Otago Amendment Act 1961.
Although the University’s main campus is in Dunedin, it also has Health Sciences campuses in Christchurch (University of Otago, Christchurch) and Wellington (University of Otago, Wellington) (established in 1972 and 1977 respectively) and a teaching centre in central Auckland (1996).
Campuses of University of Otago –
Campuses of University of Otago-
- Dunedin campus – The University’s main campus is located in Dunedin. The Dunedin campus is located close to the city centre and is surrounded by student housing. The vast majority of courses are offered here, including the only dental school in the country.
- Christchurch campus – The University of Otago, Christchurch is the base for medical and postgraduate health education, and for health research in Christchurch, the South Island’s major urban centre.
- Wellington campus – The University of Otago, Wellington is located at Wellington Public Hospital in Newtown. A Health Science-focused campus is a home to undergraduate MBChB students.
Facilities at University of Otago –
- Class rooms
- Recreation Facility
Scholarship at University of Otago –
In excess of $15 million worth of Scholarships are available for students to study at the University of Otago and for Otago students to study at other institutions around the world.