About us

HEDC building front door

The Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) at the University of Otago was officially established as an academic department in 1978 by merging the Audiovisual Learning Centre with the Higher Education Research and Advisory Centre. HEDC is one of the oldest departments of its kind anywhere in the world.

Substantial development has occurred over recent years and we now have a worldwide reputation for our research and this knowledge provides the basis for our service to the University. Our service commitment includes leadership in research, academic development and teaching in the field of higher education. HEDC works in partnership with staff and students to advance, preserve and promote the ideals, knowledge and values of higher education.

HEDC has a large and highly valued cohort of New Zealand and international postgraduates who undertake PhD and Masters level research into contemporary issues in higher education.

Recent HEDC successes

  • Congratulations to our Postgraduate Students who recently graduated. From left: Senorita John (Masters in Higher Education), Kwong Nui Sim (PhD), Sharon Sharmini (PhD) and Shalendra Kumar (Masters in Higher Education).
  • Pauline Brook – Winner of a Disability Information and Support Appreciation Award for providing exemplary support to students and staff over a sustained period. See more here.
  • Vivienne Anderson – OUSA Best Supervisor for the Division of Humanities and overall Best New Supervisor 2015. See photos here.
  • Rachel Spronken-Smith – National Teaching Award recipient 2015. See more here.