University of Otago

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University of Otago
Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
Motto Latin: Sapere aude
Motto in English Dare to be wise
Established 1869
Type Public
Chancellor John Ward
Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne
Admin. staff 3,749 (2011)[1]
Students 21,728 (2011)[1]
Doctoral students 1,327 (2011)[1]
Location Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
45°51′56″S 170°30′50″E / 45.86556°S 170.51389°E / -45.86556; 170.51389Coordinates: 45°51′56″S 170°30′50″E / 45.86556°S 170.51389°E / -45.86556; 170.51389
Campus Urban
Colours Blue and gold
Website www.otago.ac.nz

The University of Otago (Māori: 'Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo') in Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest university. Founded in 1869 the university opened in July 1871. Between 1874 and 1961 the University of Otago was a part of the University of New Zealand, and issued degrees in its name.

The University of Otago has ten libraries — seven based in Dunedin on the main university campus, the Education library in Southland, plus two medical libraries in Wellington and Christchurch. All libraries have wireless access.

The University of Otago had over 21,000 students enrolled during 2011.

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