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Speeches the hidden gems of the 150th anniversary weekend

Humble, inspirational, funny, full of affection and challenging – here's a small taste of the speeches given over the weekend.

Past students help journey to new dentistry building 

One of the "highest-tech" dental facilities in the world was officially opened earlier this month at Otago.

Queen's Birthday Honours and Fulbright awards for alumni

Altogether 13 University of Otago alumni and two staff were included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Congratulations to Sonja Bodley for sending in the winning entry for our ‘Rename our alumni newsletter eConnect’ competition. Sonja’s suggestion of @Otago was chosen and will grace our newsletters from now on. Thank you to all those who entered on Facebook or via email.

Your Story - One family's musical talent spans three anniversaries

The musical talent of the Wallace family has featured at three of Otago's significant anniversaries. Family members joined together in Dunedin at Queen's Birthday weekend to enjoy the family's latest contribution.

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Networks & events

View galleries from the Queen's Birthday 150th celebrations and a selection of alumni events that have taken place during 2019.

We love keeping in touch with all our alumni, keep an eye out for future events near you.

Networks & events...

150th Anniversary calendar
Complete 150th key events calendar

Jul - Aug Winter Symposium Series
04~ Nationwide
Aug Anniversary Gold Ball
10 Dunedin Town Hall
Sat 10 Aug.
Sep UNESCO Play Festival
13~ Fri 13 – Fri 20 Sep, 9am – 5pm
Sep 1869 Heritage Festival
25~ Wed 25 – Sun 29

Lecture hot picks

Be entertained and feed your mind with our Lecture Hot Picks.

You can relax in the comfort of your own home, while listening to a selection of lectures from Otago academics and visiting lecturers

Check them out here...


Supporting Otago - EXPINKT™ & Polaris III

Two University of Otago Annual Appeal projects, the marine research vessel and EXPINKT™ rehabilitation programme, received major funding at Queen's Birthday weekend.

EXPINKT™ & Polaris III...


From the Archives - Pioneer podcast series

Discovered with the help of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, the podcasts feature pioneering alumni talking about their time at University, their careers and the early days of Dunedin.

Pioneer podcast series...

Upcoming reunions and events for alumni
Complete alumni events calendar

Jul Shanghai alumni event
18 Thu 18 Jul, 7 – 9pm
Jul Beijing alumni event
20 Sat 20 Jul, 6 – 8pm
Jul Blenheim alumni event
25 Thu 25 Jul, 6 – 8pm
Aug Christchurch alumni event
01 Thu 01 Aug, 6 – 8pm
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Why We Otago

Alumni from the Otago University Students’ Association executive gathered in Dunedin for the 1957-1970 reunion.

Two distinguished alumni were Sir Eion Edgar and Professor Sir Murray Brennan, who took time to share some of their thoughts about Otago and their time on the executive.

OUSA Exec reunion...

2019 Winter Symposium Series

Our leading academic thinkers will discuss the big issues that matter to New Zealanders, in multi-disciplinary discussion panels held across the country this July and August.

Winter Symposium Series registration...


Calling all 1970s – 2000s OUSA Exec members!


Following the terrific recent OUSA Exec 1960s reunion, we're having a reunion for 1970s onwards. Reunion details...


Three books to celebrate the University

This year sees the launch of three books celebrating the history of Otago. A special 150th University of Otago edition of the Dunedin "Fonebook", "Otago, 150 years of New Zealand's First University", and "Scarfie Flats of Dunedin".

Three books to celebrate the University...

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Otago online MBA one of the best in the world

Want to study at one of the best business programmes in the world?

The Otago University online Master of Business Administration (MBA) consistently ranks as one of the top programmes globally.

Otago online MBA...

UniCol 50th Anniversary

Did you live at UniCol? If so, University College is celebrating its 50th birthday, and you're invited!

In UniCol's (in)famous social style, the programme will entertain everyone. Come to any or all of the events.

Fri 22 – Sun 24 Nov, University College
Invitation and programme...

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