Student enrolments at the University of Otago's latest summer
school have risen about 9%, officials say. Final figures
would not be available until later in the year but latest
figures indicated enrolments had risen to about 2240.
School director Dr Elaine Webster was ''very pleased'' with
''I was hoping that we would achieve a higher enrolment than
Through the summer school, students can gain credit for
courses with six weeks of study, instead of about 13 weeks
usually required to complete equivalent papers during the
main university study year.
The 13th annual school continued to contribute to the Dunedin
economy during a traditionally quiet time of the year,
including by encouraging more students to stay on and study
at Otago over the summer, officials said.
The school had also established itself as ''a very good
thing''academically and a ''very special feature'' of overall
University of Otago study, Dr Webster said.
''It's an important part of what Otago University does.''
The latest school offered 76 papers, including 12 being
taught for the first time.
Enrolment growth had come across a wide range of disciplines
and in both new and established papers, she said.
The school's most popular paper, a second-year course on
forensic biology, attracted about 147 students, up more than
20 on last year.
Papers in law, economics, management and anthropology were
also popular, and an English course on effective writing had
gained 58 enrolments.
The school offered the university's first disabilities
studies paper, and a new third-year paper on ''theology,
money and markets'' was offering an innovative approach to
understanding how and why markets operated. One of the
teachers for this paper was Prof Andrew Bradstock, director
of the university's Centre for Theology and Public Issues.