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University of Otago

The University has New Zealand's highest average research quality and in New Zealand is second only to the University of Auckland in the number of A rated academic researchers it employs.  It topped the New Zealand  Performance Based Research Fund  evaluation in 2006.

Founded in 1869 by a committee including  Thomas Burns,  the university opened in July 1871. Its motto is "Sapere aude" ("Dare to be wise"). (The University of New Zealand  subsequently adopted the same motto.) The  Otago University Students' Association  answers this with its own motto, "Audeamus" ("let us dare"). The university's graduation song  Gaudeamus igitur, iuvenes dum sumus...  ("Let us rejoice, while we are young") acknowledges students will continue to live up to the challenge if not always in the way intended. Between 1874 and 1961 the University of Otago was a part of the  University of New Zealand, and issued degrees in its name.

Total Student Population: 19,568

International Student Population:  2,798


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