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University of Otago Canadian Alumni Network 

Otago alumni are found across Canada from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and number, we estimate, some 1000, several being Canadian residents and citizens of long standing, others newly arrived.


Events and Social Gatherings

Occasionally alumni groups hold reunions to meet and greet, especially when Otago University representatives are visiting from NZ. This was the case in October 2010 when Ontario alumni met at the iconic antipodean pub, Hemingways, in Toronto. Such gatherings have continued and we encourage you to get in touch with fellow alumni in your area by making contact through Your Otago Link and the University of Otago Alumni & Friends Facebook page.

Photos & Reports from the 2012 events:


Support the Brian Merrilees Canadian Alumni Travel Awards for students on Exchange to Canada

We think this is a great opportunity for Canadian alumni to support this Exchange Program and you will be helping the career of someone perhaps not unlike your younger self.

Each year some 30-40 young Otago students come to Canada for further study under an Exchange Program set up with a number of Canadian universities. This program provides a special opportunity for Otago graduates in Canada to help with the travel costs for these young New Zealanders and encourage them to complete their studies in Canada. Some might, like us, stay on.

We are all in some way greatly indebted to the University of Otago for the start it gave us - some of us date from the period when fees were almost non-existent - and this is one way in which we can show our appreciation. Of course there are other areas where you might wish to direct your giving to the University of Otago, but do think of this program as particular to Canadian interests.

With your support we hope to greatly expand the progamme each and every year.

To read about the wonderful experiences our Otago students have had while on exchange in Canada, please follow this link: to read their personal reports.


For further information please contact

Judith McCracken
Development & Alumni Relations Office


Giving information:
For Canadian residents your donation is tax deductible. If you wish to make a donation by cheque (and you reside in Canada) please make your cheque in CAD payable to the University of Otago and send it to the Development & Alumni Relations Office, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand.

We will send you a receipt suitable for Canadian tax purposes.

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Scarfie Notes

Perpetual Scarfie

Attended lecture. Still uninformed, but on a higher level.

Choosing a flat up all those steps was a great idea until I had to shift my furniture.

Did you know the Richardson Building won an architectural award for modernism in 1983?

Double glazing installed in Dundas St flat. Students protest against gentrification.

Dunedin’s summer always occurs during exams.

Fish & chips contain all the important food groups: fat, salt, starch and crunchy bits.

I have located the missing tutorial notes. ALL IS WELL!

Icecream tastes so much better in Woodhaugh Garden.

It’s wonderful how Postgraduates reclaim the library between semesters.

Leith Street is the classy alternative to Castle Street.

My flat doesn’t have a fridge. Superfluous.

My lecturer thinks an hour of reading per night is reasonable. So do the other seven.

My new student ID card makes me look bright orange like Tom Jones. Apparently it’s not unusual.

North East Valley – it’s not just a place, it’s a lifestyle.

Stay warm with stripy thermal underwear. The stripes rub together to create heat friction.

Take a minute to read the graffiti on a library desk.

The Archway lecture theatre spins around and throws you out in the wrong direction!

World-leading Science faculty but still no cure for the Fresher Flu!