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The University of Otago, Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, is New Zealand’s first university. It was founded in 1869, and in 2019 the University reaches the significant milestone of becoming 150 years old.

University of Otago

The University of Otago is distinguished as New Zealand’s first university and, in 2019, will mark its 150th anniversary, an important milestone for the University, Dunedin and New Zealand.

The Dunedin campus is located close to the city centre and is surrounded by student housing. The vast majority of courses are offered at their Dunedin campus, including the only dental school in the country.

The University of Otago was established in 1869 with great vision and foresight by those who believed that education and learning would help build a just and prosperous community. They set about creating a world-class educational environment suited to life in New Zealand: in July 1871 the first students were accepted – 81 in total, taught by three professors.

Today, the University has around 20,000 students, employs more than 3,800 staff, and is a significant educational, economic and cultural force. It has over 150,000 former students and enjoys a global reputation for outstanding research and teaching.

Otago’s motto sapere aude – “dare to be wise” – is as relevant now as it was when the University was founded.

The location of the ACTS Conference will be held at the St David Complex which is located in the north-west region of the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus, on the corner of St David and Cumberland Streets. The St David Complex accommodates seven teaching spaces: one lecture theatre and six seminar rooms.

Images supplied by the © University of Otago.

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