About Otago Polytechnic

Introduction of Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic(OP)is the first college of technology wholly owned by the government of New Zealand. Established in 1870, it is a first-class public university in New Zealand. OP is committed to international development with a multicultural perspective and currently has a variety of collaborations in the field of education and research with partners from 34 countries around the world. Graduates are also very popular in enterprise recruitment. Focusing on the development of students' practical skills and working closely with enterprise’s, OP stands out from many other higher education institutions and is favored by enterprises and international students.

Many majors in OP are at the forefront of all the higher education institutions in New Zealand, such as engineering, art design, and so on. With its excellent educational quality and social recognition, OP has been given the highest level of educational quality recognition in the external evaluation report of New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). At the same time, OP's teaching achievements have been recognized by the New Zealand government and was awarded “The New Zealand Prime Minister's Education Award”.

OP has been awarded as one of the first five polytechnics that can implement the “Five-Year Pathway Student Visas” launched by the Department of Immigration. Currently, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree or above can get a three-year open work visa to better match students’ professional skills with the actual needs of enterprises.

OP is guided by their values of caring, courage, accountability, and empowerment. It is proud to be a leader in high-quality, career-focused education.

Learners are at the heart of everything they do. OP consistently gets some of the highest student achievement and satisfaction results in Australasia. And employers love their graduates because they are work-ready, capable and confident. They are global citizens who care about making a difference - enriching the communities, industries and sectors they are part of.

Their teachers are innovative, expert and passionate, and many of them join OP from industry with extensive skill sets and connections and achieve higher-level teaching skills by completing a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education. 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.

OP is highly active in the field of applied research with their researchers and students contributing to professional and community networks nationally and internationally.

Collaborations are at the centre of OP’s philosophy for learning and growth and their commitment to sustainability plays a major role in everything they do, influencing both day-to-day operation and their future decision-making.

OP has three campuses in New Zealand which are located in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland. Students from Dalian Ocean University's program will study at the Dunedin campus in the fourth year.

       The“3+1”undergraduate education program for mechanical design and automation jointly held by Dalian Ocean University and Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand was approved by the Ministry of Education of China in February 2016. It has been included in the national college enrollment plan and participated in the national college entrance examination. The teaching plan and tasks of this program shall be jointly developed and assumed by DOU and OP. This  program aims at cultivating high-quality, application-oriented engineering and technical talents with international vision, solid professional foundation and strong practical ability.