University of Otago
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As New Zealand’s first university, founded in 1869, Otago has earned an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching, and is New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research. In 2010, the University of Otago has over 22,000 students enrolled and has a presence throughout New Zealand. Most undergraduate and postgraduate study takes place on the Dunedin campus, but the University is also represented in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill. At the forefront of modern scholarship, Otago is able to attract first-rate academics, and our graduates are renowned for their independence and audacity of spirit, which makes them highly regarded by prospective employers. Otago offers a rich cultural life, reflecting a diverse international student community and New Zealand’s own multicultural population. It also has a network of some 70,000 graduates living in more than 120 countries and has established alumni branches in many of the world’s major sities including London, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur.

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