The University of Otago is holding an Orientation event for
the families of Dunedin students for the first time next
month, with local parents and students given an opportunity
to learn about life at the institution.
Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said she was looking
forward to meeting the students and their families.
The event, on February 10 at 2pm at the College of Education
Auditorium on Union St, would be the first time the
university had held an event for local families.
''We do an outstanding job of welcoming students from outside
Dunedin to Otago during Orientation, but we sometimes forget
that students who grew up in Dunedin are also new to the
university. ''Some of them will also be the first in their
family to attend university and will not know exactly what to
expect here,'' Prof Hayne said.
Those who went along to the event would be shown around the
''It's also an opportunity for them to ask questions they may
have about university life,'' she said.
The Orientation was the first in a series being held for
students and their families, with one in Auckland on February
12 and additional events for the families of students
entering the residential colleges on February 13, 16, and 17.