Thousands Of Potential Courses Prospect | Otago Daily Times News Online

Marine science was the lure for one of thousands of prospective students descending on Dunedin to study options for next year.

Visiting from Nelson, the would-be marine scientist was one of around 6,000 people to have visited the University of Otago in the past two days.

The university and Otago Polytechnic held their annual open days on Sunday and yesterday.

University of Otago events manager Jasmine Millar said attendance was down slightly from last year as the event was pushed back from its usual May timeslot due to of Covid-19.

However, thematic sessions, college and campus tours were still “busy”.

“We look forward to seeing some of those faces again as Otago students in 2023,” she said.

McKay Watson (17) is believed to be among those studying first year health sciences, with the aim of entering medicine.

Because he was from Wanaka and wanted to be near his family, he preferred Dunedin to Auckland, the site of the country’s other medical school.

Attending lectures to learn more about the course he would soon be taking had been helpful, he said.

“Today has helped a lot.”

Also from Wanaka, Bailey Sharp (17) wanted to study law and discover the city’s student culture.

“The social vibe in Dunedin is definitely a factor,” he said.

Otago Polytechnic chief executive Dr Megan Gibbons said “several hundred” potential students had been given a window into the options offered by the polytechnic.

“It has been wonderful to welcome so many learners and whanau to our campus and see them experience what we have to offer,” said Dr. Gibbons.