Otago University Students Association president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith opens the association's extensively
renovated recreation centre yesterday. Photo by Gregor
A renovated recreation centre is contributing to the
quality of educational experience at the University of Otago,
the country's only truly residential student campus.
Otago University vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne made that
comment yesterday at the formal reopening of the Otago
University Students Association centre, after a $2 million
refurbishment and upgrade was completed.
American comedian Woody Allen had once joked that 80% of
workplace success consisted of just ''turning up'' , but as
far as university study was concerned that was no longer the
case, Prof Hayne said.
And employers were looking for graduates who were not only
good academically, but also had other key qualities,
including communication skills, she said.
Otago University was the country's only truly residential
campus, with about 80% of students coming from outside
And, accordingly, the university offered them an overall
educational experience 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Otago University Students' Association was making an
strong contribution to that broader experience beyond the
classroom, she said.
The building's extensive renovations included adding an
improved entry and some reconfigured room spaces, association
The changes had resulted in a warmer, lighter facility
complying fully with modern building safety requirements,
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Dunedin North MP David Clark were
among other speakers at the opening.
University chaplain the Rev Greg Hughson blessed the
redeveloped facility and emphasised its importance.