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Universities in Dunedin

University of Otago

The oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago was founded in 1869. The university has a strong research emphasis, and many of its programs focus on nature-related sciences, including geology, marine science, ecology, botany, and zoology. Over 20,000 students attend the university, representing over 100 different countries across the globe. The University of Otago also has a larger proportion of postgraduate students than any other New Zealand university. Along with programs in the sciences, the university has a number of programs in the humanities and arts, as well as in Pacific and Maori studies, which benefit from the university's close relationship to Ngai Tahu, a South Island Maori tribe. The University of Otago offers classes in Earth and Ocean Sciences (Geology, Marine Science), Environmental Sciences (Ecology), Biological Sciences (Botany, Zoology), Computer and Information Sciences, Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology), Social Sciences (Anthropology, Geography), New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Humanities (History, Literature, Art History, Political Studies), Communication Studies, Maori Studies, Religion & Theology, Psychology, Business (Economics, International Business, Management, Marketing), and Tourism. The university is EQUIS and AACSB accredited. The university is recognized by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.

The University of Otago is renowned for its vibrant campus lifestyle. Almost all students live with walking distance of the main campus, and most students walk between their flats, campus, and the city center - which is just a few minutes' walk from the center of the campus. The colorful city center is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques and shopping centers of an international standard.

Twelve of Otago's subject departments rank in the top 100 in the world for their subject areas, according to the QS World University rankings. The university's psychology program carries particular prestige, being among the top 50 in the world. The university itself is ranked 169th worldwide, up 4 spots from the previous year, and is ranked second of New Zealand universities.