Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish

The long relationship between Spain and New Zealand has been strengthened in recent years with new commercial, cultural and educational exchanges. It has also been reflected in the reciprocal establishment of embassies in Madrid and Wellington.

The University of Auckland has had a role in the development of closer relations between New Zealand and Spain through its academic programmes, student exchanges and agreements signed with other Spanish universities. The University has also had the honour of hosting several visits of Spanish royals to New Zealand, including King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía and the Prince of Asturias (now proclaimed King Felipe VI of Spain).

It was the visit of the Prince of Asturias that led to the establishment of the Prince of Asturias Chair in 1991, which aims to reflect the growing importance of Spanish in New Zealand and to foster its development in the Australasian region.

Among the academic activities organized in recent years, including a Distinguished Lecture series, the Chair has sponsored two international conferences and an international symposium. See more about the Malaspina colloquium.

The Prince of Asturias Chair at the University of Auckland is currently held by Professor José Colmeiro. See Professor Colmeiro’s profile.