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Matariki Public Lecture 2019

Professor Jane Lydon will be speaking on the topic 'Imperial emotions: Empathy, politics and global networks'.

Wednesday 27 November, 2019
Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building

More about the lecture.

Internationalisation Committee

The Internationalisation Committee meets bimonthly to discuss developments in the University’s overall internationalisation strategy and to make recommendations to Senate regarding institutional partnerships. Funds for travel grants for the University’s Student Exchange Programme are held by the Committee, as is the funding for the Staff Development Awards offered to staff from the National University of Samoa. The Committee also administers the Internationalisation of the Curriculum Initiative Grants and the Matariki Network of Universities’ Travel Awards.

Queries regarding these, or any other activities of the Committee, should be directed by email to .

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Matariki Network of Universities Travel Award

Applications are invited for the University of Otago's Matariki Network of Universities’ (MNU) Travel Awards. The purpose of these awards is to enable academic and professional staff at the University of Otago to meet with colleagues from MNU member universities to develop and/or enhance collaboration. That collaboration can be research or teaching/curriculum related. The Travel Awards are to be used in addition to regular conference or RSL funding, with the additional funding enabling a visit to an MNU partner that would otherwise not have been funded through either conference or RSL monies. Further information regarding the MNU, member institutions and its objectives, is available at

A proposal should accompany the application, detailing the purpose of the visit, whether or not there is already an existing collaborative relationship with the person(s) to be visited, the nature of the collaboration, confirmation that you have the appropriate conference/ RSL approval and evidence of who you will be meeting with at the MNU institution(s) you intend to visit (e.g. letters of invitation). An indicative budget (including quotes from one of the two University-approved travel agents, stipend, hotel, shuttle/ car hire and insurance costs etc) and timeframe should also be provided. Please note that the Travel Awards do not allow for contributions to the cost of international airfares but rather are to assist staff with the travel costs specifically related to visiting MNU partners.

A total of ten (10) travel awards are available in any one year, with two submission dates each year.

The first round of applications will be considered at the March meeting of the Internationalisation Committee and the second round will be considered at the May meeting. A maximum of $2000 is available for each award. Applications should be endorsed by your Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and submitted to Lynda McIver (email, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement). On completion of the project, recipients will be required to submit a written report to the Internationalisation Committee on the use and outcomes of the award.

Further details on the application process are available by emailing

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University of Otago House - National University of Samoa Campus, Apia, Samoa

University of Otago House was a gift from the National University of Samoa (NUS). The house was gifted to provide accommodation for academics conducting approved research either in collaboration with the National University of Samoa faculty or in the Samoa Islands. It is also available to other university staff on official business either with NUS or the Samoan Government. Postgraduate students conducting approved research and family members accompanying staff are also able to stay in the house.

University of Otago House at the National University of SamoaThe house, situated on NUS campus, is fully furnished, has two twin bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, lounge, dining area, laundry and an office with two desks. It is designed to comfortably accommodate up to 4 people. Please note that accommodation may be on a shared basis. Basic supplies are provided but staff will need to supply food and personal items.

Charges are:

  • NZD$30.00 per person per night
  • NZD$100.00 per person per week (7 consecutive days).

If you are interested in staying in the house, please contact:

The Property Manger
Property Services
University of Otago
Tel +64 3 479 8051

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New Zealand Centre at Peking University

The University of Otago is an official partner in the NZ Centre at Peking University, having joined as a member of the Advisory Group in 2008. 

Staff are encouraged to consider including a visit to the Centre in any travel to Beijing, and contacts with academic staff at Peking University can be facilitated via the Centre.  While the current PKU-based directors are both in the School of Foreign Languages, the Centre is intended to bring together Chinese and New Zealand academics working across the spectrum of disciplines. 

Key initiatives currently underway at the Centre include the offering of an undergraduate elective course on New Zealand, and any staff who would be interested in lecturing as part of this course should contact the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) in the first instance.  Public lectures can also be organised under the auspices of the Centre, and/or in combination with the respective academic department at Peking University.  

For further details regarding activities at the NZ Centre, please contact the Office of the Director International.

International visitors

The International Relations & Visits Coordinator arranges and organises visits for many different types of visitors to the University of Otago.

For more information please visit the International & VIP visit guidelines section of this website.

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Guidelines for developing institutional links

If you are interested in setting up a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or New Exchange Partnership agreement with an overseas institution your first point of contact should be Otago International.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Chriss Hamilton, International Partnerships Coordinator can provide further details on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) proposal process, email

Student Exchange Agreement (SEA)

Further information about the Student Exchange proposal process can be obtained by downloading the Proposed Agreement for New Exchange Partnerships document (88KB in PDF format) 

Departments should contact Celia Corteletti, Team Leader International Mobility and Partnerships prior to submitting this form by emailing

Please Note: once a proposal has been received, it will need to go the Internationalisation Committee for further consideration.