From its foundation in 1869, Otago has embraced a national role, all the while judging itself in an international context. One of New Zealand’s most successful universities, it has sustained a proud record of leadership and outward-looking responses to the challenges of the times. Key features of Otago are its vibrant research and teaching culture, a broad curriculum that encompasses traditional scholarship and new knowledge, a unique concentration of special professional schools and an outstanding campus learning environment in the southern city of Dunedin. It has a special place in New Zealand, standing for innovation, ﬂair and audacity of spirit, and also for quality, status and reputation. Young scholars perceive that it is an adventurous and emphatic statement of attitude and intent to undertake study at Otago. While the University of Otago, Te Whare Wänanga o Otägo, remains a Dunedin-based university it has expanded to include specialist facilities in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The University’s southern roots are anchored in a special relationship with the communities of Otago and Southland, and with a special partnership with Ngäi Tahu, as mana whenua within their takiwä of Te Waipounamu.