International institutes and centres
The University of Auckland’s international strategy is complemented by five institutes and centres of academic and research excellence with regional foci. Four are located at the University while the other, the New Zealand Centre, is located on the campus of Peking University, Beijing. Together, these multi-disciplinary institutes and centres play a strategic role in bringing together academic and research excellence, and in reinforcing the University’s regional links with Asia, Europe and Latin America.
This is a non-profit public institute jointly established by The University of Auckland, Fudan University in Shanghai and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, based in Beijing. It plays a key role in helping New Zealand make the most of fast-emerging opportunities in China – by promoting Chinese language and culture and serving as a world-class centre for co-ordinating and enhancing China-related activities in New Zealand.
This was established through a major award from the Vice Chancellor's University Development Fund in March 2007, and is a multi-disciplinary research institute that brings together researchers from a number of departments, including: Anthropology; Art History; International Business and Commerce; Economics; European Languages and Literature; Film, Media and TV Studies; Law; and Political Studies. The mission of the institute is to promote research, scholarship and teaching on contemporary Europe and EU-related issues, including: social and economic relations; political processes; trade and investment; security; human rights; education; culture; and other issues of concern for both Europe and New Zealand.
Established in 1995, the NZ Asia Institute is a major initiative to respond to the growing importance of Asia to New Zealand. The institute currently has four area research centres: China Studies Centre; Japan Studies Centre; Korean Studies Centre; and Southeast Asian Studies Centre. The New Zealand Asia Institute aims to support and promote the development of multidisciplinary research programmes on Asia in partnership with other national and international institutions. The institute also provides a forum for informed debate on important policy issues concerning Asia and New Zealand, and seeks to bridge the divide between scholars and policymakers.
The New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies (NZCLAS) was founded by The University of Auckland as New Zealand’s only interdisciplinary research centre focused on Latin America. The centre aims to be a leader in Latin American research and teaching in the Asia Pacific region and to provide an academic forum for discussion and debate on policy issues of interest to New Zealand and Latin America. It also seeks to promote dialogue between, and serve as a point of access for, scholars, officials, business people and community groups involved in strengthening relationships between New Zealand and Latin America.