Otago Polytechnic

Protect our Polytechnic

Refine the Reform 

Otago Polytechnic is a strong, stable, flexible, innovative and – significantly – growing organisation that brings significant economic and social benefits to Otago

1st in NZ for course completions




Source: Tertiary Education Commission Educational Performance Report (2017) 

97% of our graduates are in work or further study


Source: Otago Polytechnic Graduate Destination Survey (2018) 

$425 million contributed to the economy 



According to our latest Economic Impact Report

Highest possible quality ratings from Government 

Holder of prestigious Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA)

See Baldrige framework > 

20 NZ National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards from Government

Unique learning experiences

Such as constructing a real plane, augmented reality, gastro-tourism in Dusky Sound, Dunedin stadium sports-turf and much more  

80+ international partnerships and Study Abroad & Exchange 

Ensuring our graduates are a globally-aware and capable workforce!

Progressive online and in-work learning options

Capable NZ; OP partnership with TANZ eCampus; EduBits mico-credentials (including te reo Māori)


And, our people make a better world through our commitment to: 

Our community and iwi

  • Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards
  • Education Foundation and Charity House work
  • Local MOUs providing work experience for learners
  • We proudly support Rainbow Tick as an inclusive employer and Fair Trade
  • Staff and students drive and contribute to community projects such as:
    • health and sanitation improvements in Vanuatu
    • global advocacy for online safety
    • the redevelopment of a nursing school in Malawi
    • Rarotonga’s first vet clinic, Te Are Manu 

Our environment

  • We became the first NZ tertiary institution to join the Climate Leaders Coalition
  • Sustainability awards achieved for our Student Village – Te Pā Tauira
  • Joined Predator Free Dunedin 

The current proposed model delivers:  

Fit-for-purpose funding system
Better integration of learning in work with learning in institutions  


The current proposed model raises questions around: 

Community/iwi responsiveness
Regional, operational decision-making
Academic innovation and flexibility
Standardised lessons
Brand reputation
Staff jobs