University of Otago Master of Planning

Course has International Flavour

Brisbane Field Trip
Time out for a photo on the Green Bridge, Brisbane

The Planning programme has attracted students from many countries, with students from Barbados, Brazil, Germany, Thailand, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, and Zimbabwe taking their place in the programme next to those from New Zealand. 

This diversity of cultures and experiences is an important attribute of the programme because students have the opportunity to share and learn about approaches by different nations to planning.

International students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to planning issues in their home countries, via course work, research project, and thesis work. Several members of the Otago faculty (including Professor Claire Freeman, Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, Dr Wayne Stephenson, Professor Etienne Nel, Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen, Dr Daniel Kingston, Dr Ralph Ohlemüller, Professor Tony Binns and Professor Sean Fitzsimons) have lived and worked in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America and maintain research interests in these regions.

While many of the cases examined in the Programme are from New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region, the analytical and technical skills students develop are applicable to most situations. Graduates of the programme are currently employed as resource management professionals in countries such as Australia, China, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Phillipines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

As New Zealand's first university, Otago has an international reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research, with over 17,000 students and more than 2,000 studying at post-graduate level. New Zealand, and the Otago region in particular, afford the student a pleasant environment in which to live, study, exercise, and relax.