50th Anniversary Events

Otago Polytechnic will mark fifty years as a tertiary education provider in 2016.  During those fifty years, the Polytechnic has gone from strength to strength and we are immensely proud of our journey to date. Join us to celebrate these amazing achievements!


2 February

Formal Opening of The Hub

The first major commemorative event celebrating Otago Polytechnic’s 50th Anniversary has taken place with the official opening of The Hub and Mason Centre. Read more about this successful landmark event here.


Education Open 19 February

Education Open 2016

A fun day of golf was held at Chisholm Park Golf Club to make a difference for sustainability! New Zealand pro golfer, Michael Hendry was in attendance.



8 April

Alumni Function

Otago Polytechnic celebrated its 50th Anniversary and the outstanding contributions of 19 of its former students by presenting them with Distinguished Alumni Awards at the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Ceremony on 8 April, 2016. 





17 June

OP Five O

This family-friendly event brought to you by Otago Polytechnic Students' Association was well attended and featured the live final of the OP Factor talent show. 



Food Design 29 June - 1 July

International Food Design Conference

Our second International Food Design Conference and Studio has been described as an "outrageous success" by organiser Professor Richard Mitchell from the Food Design Institute.

With a range of exceptional keynote speakers including Al Brown, Marije Vogelzang and Michael Ade Elegbede, the three-day experience attracted 150 delegates this year - up from the 100 who attended the inaugural event in 2014.

The programme also featured lectures and hands-on workshops looking at the people who grow, harvest, manufacture, cook and deliver our food.

Educating Tomorrow's Workforce 29-30 September

Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Symposium

Come and watch OP connect with our domestic and international partners.


Spring September

Spring Community Engagement Series

Get motivated for Spring with this series of free community engagement activities. Find out what we do on campus. Hands-on experiences include how to make the best flat white, how to grow tomatoes, health and wellness tests, and everything in-between. Everyone is welcome!

Excite 2016 Mid-November 

Excite Student Showcase

Come and take a look at the exciting work produced by OP students during 2016 – everyone’s welcome!