History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1886, Otago Polytechnic is a public New Zealand higher educational institution situated in Dunedin. The establishment of Otago Polytechnic follows its origin back to the Dunedin Technical School, which was established in the early years to provide evening classes to working employees. The institute extended further by taking classes during the night and daytime training students, experts, and professionals. In 1966 the institute was part of an auxiliary and Otago Polytechnic, which was established on 1 February 1966. The institution has affiliations with the public tertiary education institution.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The Otago Polytechnic has three campuses, situated in Dunedin, the Central Otago campus, and the Auckland International campus. The Dunedin campus has a faculty of Design, Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Arts. The main library is located on this campus. It consists of various books, journals, and research papers. The Central Otago campus has two learning centres that provide computer instructional programs. The third campus, the Auckland International campus, has been established for international understudies and has the Department of Business, Management, and the Department of Information Technology. All the campuses provide facilities needed by students. Moreover, various cafés and bistros are close to the campus. Likewise, general stores, clinical stores, and writing material shops are also near the campus. Otago Polytech provides a broad scope of programs that includes 31 undergraduate programs.
Accomplishments and Alumni
According to the Economic Impact Report, Otago Polytechnic have contributed over $445 million to the Otago economy in 2018. In recent years, various professors have been awarded by the Government. Otago Polytechnic has been awarded the Simpson Grierson Impact Award at the debut Rainbow Excellence Awards. The notable alumni of the institute are Holly Robinson (Silver Medallist at Paralympics in 2016), Glen Riley (Environmental teacher), Manassah Kutia (Rugby League representative in Otago), and Hayden Chapman (Assistant expert at All Blacks).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
There are about 9000 students across all three campuses at Otago Polytechnic. About 1200 students come from different nationalities around the globe. The recruiters coming on campus are Otago Polytechnic, University of Otago, Southern District Health Board (New Zealand), Fulton Hogan, Canterbury District Health Board, Dunedin City Council, New Zealand Defence Force, Delta, Downer New Zealand, and Fonterra.