The Telegraph has photos of 16 of the world’s most beautiful universities.
There among the venerable institutions of Oxford, Havard, Cape Town, Moscow State, Bologna, Toronto, Cambridge, Salamanca, Mumbai, Sydney, University of London’s Royal Holloway, Princeton, Xiamen, Queens Belfast and Yale is Otago.
The photo is of the registry building and clock tower at the emotional, if not geographical, centre of the campus.
Otago, though much younger, is the closest we have to a university city like Oxford which we visited in June.
My cousin’s daughter, who is studying there, took us to Balliol College for lunch then gave us a tour of places which were familiar through literature and films but so much more impressive in reality.
The buildings are beautiful and having a guide with local knowledge gave us a real appreciation of the history and traditions of the university.