New Zealand's oldest (and most prestigious) university. Founded in 1869, it had only conferred one degree until 1874 when a federal University of New Zealand was formed.

Thankfully, in 1961 Otago was given back its right to confer degrees by an act of parliament. "Sapere Aude" or "dare to be wise" is its motto. Interestingly, it is also the only university in New Zealand empowered to confer degrees in Medicine. Based in Dunedin, it has regional centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Taine Randell, former captain of the All Blacks, is an Otago graduate; so is Farah Palmer, captain of the Black Ferns (New Zealand Women's Rugby Team) who graduated with a PhD (Sports Psychology) in 2000.

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