Otago Polytechnic


Still the same great study experience!

The Government is making changes to the polytechnic sector in New Zealand - but our high-quality Otago Polytechnic programmes and fantastic student experience remain the same! Learners will still enrol and graduate as Otago Polytechnic students - and have access to the same support and services we offer now. 

We're proud to be a leader in high quality, career-focused education with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand. 

Employers love our graduates because they are work-ready, confident and solution-focused. We believe our people make a better world and our alumni are global citizens who care about making a difference. We have been given the highest possible quality ratings from Government and, as educators, we offer innovative ways for our learners to study so they can build their capability and realise their potential.

With online tools, blended delivery options and pathways from foundation through to postgraduate, time, distance and previous learning are no barriers to gaining the education you want. We can even give credit for knowledge gained in your career and now offer a digital micro-credentialing process where learners can be assessed and ‘show what they know’ without undertaking a formal qualification. 

Collaborations are at the heart of our philosophy for learning and growth and our commitment to sustainability plays a major role in everything we do, influencing both day-to-day operation and our future decision-making. We are committed to our community and contributed more than $445 million to the Otago economy in 2018, according to our latest Economic Impact Report.   

We are highly active in the field of applied research with our researchers and their students contributing to professional and community networks nationally and internationally. We have also won the prestigious Baldrige-affiliated Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA). 


Our numbers speak for themselves!


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Our students are extremely likely to get where they want to go in life. Our latest Graduate Destination Survey found 97% of our graduates are either employed or undertaking further study – we think that’s something to celebrate!

Source: Otago Polytechnic Graduate Destination Survey, 2018


Our students will learn from some of New Zealand’s finest tertiary teachers. Over the past 11 years, 20 of our teachers have been awarded prestigious national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards from Government.


Our programmes offer both theoretical and applied learning, giving our graduates a head start in the global job market! Among our offerings are 43 degree and postgraduate qualifications, which are equal to those offered at universities.


Otago Polytechnic became the first educational sector recipient of the highly-prestigious Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA) in 2018.

The PESA involves rigorous examination by New Zealand and United States examiners to determine organisational excellence by world-class standards.


Otago Polytechnic contributed more than $445 million to the Otago economy in 2018, according to our latest Economic Impact Report. 


With three campuses, 9,000+ students and approximately 759 members of staff, we have New Zealand covered! You’ll find our main campus in the heart of Dunedin’s much loved scarfie-land and we have a boutique campus in stunning Central Otago and an international campus in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.


We are proud to maintain consistently-high student satisfaction levels, as measured by our annual Student Satisfaction Survey. The latest results show that 92% of our learners are satisfied with the services we provide.


When our students are struggling – inside or outside class – we are there to help. We have more than 20 dedicated staff experts in programme selection, career advice, learning support, counselling, disability and wellbeing support, Māori and Pasifika support – and more!


International study and/or work experience is increasingly sought-after in the global marketplace, not to mention the personal growth and development advantages. Our students can apply for a range of exchange programmes with our 80+ international partner institutions.


Our Capability Framework identifies 24 personal attributes employers value, irrespective of the industry they’re in. We’ll help you develop them – and give you the documentation to prove it – to help you stand out from the crowd.

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There’s no chance our learners will be overlooked in our small, focused classes! Our average teacher-to-student ratio is 1:16 – meaning you’ll be well-supported academically, benefitting from plenty of one-on-one teaching time.


Who better to understand what it’s like to be an OP student than another OP student? We have a team of 20+ student ambassadors available to meet with new and prospective students and their families to pass on their inside knowledge!