University of Otago

The University of Otago (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou) is a public research collegiate university based in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. Founded in 1869, Otago is New Zealand's oldest University and one of the oldest universities in Oceania.[5]

University of Otago
Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou
MottoLatin: Sapere aude
Motto in English
Dare to be wise
TypePublic research collegiate university
Established1869; 152 years ago
EndowmentNZD $279.9 million (31 December 2021)[1]
BudgetNZD $756.8 million (31 December 2020)[2]
ChancellorStephen Higgs
Vice-ChancellorDavid Murdoch[3]
Academic staff
1,744 (2019)[4]
Administrative staff
2,246 (2019)[4]
Students21,240 (2019)[4]
Undergraduates15,635 (2014)[4]
Postgraduates4,378 (2014)[4]
1,579 (2019)[4]
Location, ,
New Zealand (Māori: Ōtepoti, Ōtākou, Aotearoa)

45°51′56″S 170°30′50″E
CampusUrban/University town
45 ha (111 acres)
Student MagazineCritic
ColoursDunedin Blue and Gold

The university was created by a committee led by Thomas Burns,[6] and officially established by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council in 1869.[7] Between 1874 and 1961 the University of Otago was a part of the federal University of New Zealand, and issued degrees in its name.[8]

Otago is known for its vibrant student life, particularly its flatting, which is often in old houses. Otago students have a long-standing tradition of naming their flats.[9][10][11] The nickname for Otago students "Scarfie" comes from the habit of wearing a scarf during the cold southern winters.[12] The university's graduation song, Gaudeamus igitur, iuvenes dum sumus ("Let us rejoice, while we are young"), acknowledges students will continue to live up to the challenge, if not always in the way intended. The university's student magazine, Critic, is New Zealand's longest running student magazine.

The university's architectural grandeur and accompanying gardens led to it being ranked as one of the world's most beautiful university campuses by the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph and American online news website The Huffington Post.[13][14]

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