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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
Economic development.

Education and research

The University of Otago is the largest employer in this sector, attracting significant levels of research funding and drawing students, both in New Zealand and internationally, and staff to the city.

A snapshot of Dunedin’s education and research sector

What the economists say: "Growth across the three indicators has been sluggish in this sector and well below the national average over the past 10 years. During this period, employment, GDP and the number of businesses in the scientific research sector has shown the strongest expansion, pulling the sector’s performance to a positive level. However, the industry’s growth in these three indicators has narrowed in recent years." (Source: BERL’s Otago Regional Economic Profile 2010)

Education and research industry projects

Projects we have led and/or supported include:

UpStart Business Incubator

The University of Otago, DCC and Otago Polytechnic are partners in UpStart, an organisation which provides impetus to companies with the ambition to grow rapidly.


A programme for budding student entrepreneurs, supported by the University, Polytechnic, DCC and commercial sponsors.

Dunedin City Chair in Entrepreneurship

The DCC donated $1 million towards the endowment fund for the University of Otago-based Chair.

Student Internship Programme

A successful exercise where a speed-dating style process exposes city employers to graduates. In the first two years, 71 internships with 32 companies resulted in 36 full-time, part-time or contract jobs, which ultimately lead to 21 full-time jobs – worth approximately $3m to Dunedin’s economy. The programme is now being rolled out city-wide, across 10 sectors and 43 companies.

Connecting students and businesses

Through EDU-supported activity, such as MBA projects and University of Otago School of Business internships, students and businesses work together for mutual benefit.

Education Dunedin

An EDU-supported collaboration, involving secondary and tertiary education providers in the city, which provides a co-ordinated approach to attracting international students to Dunedin.

An online sports coaching tools, supported by SPARC, Sport Otago and Ocean Browser. The initiative was co-funded by the DCC’s Industry Project Fund.

How can we help your education or research initiative?

We can help with:

  • Business planning
  • Advocacy with other DCC departments
  • Support to find and retain skilled staff.

To find out more about the education and research in Dunedin and support for your business, contact the Economic Development Unit Business Advisor.

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