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August 2019

Valerie Amos to take up new role at Oxford 

Our Director, Baroness Valerie Amos, will be stepping down at the end of the next academic year, after five years in the post. University College Oxford will be publicly announcing her appointment, starting in August 2020, as the new Master of the College.

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October 2019

2019 SOAS World alumni magazine now available 

The 2019 SOAS World alumni magazine is now available online! Full of SOAS and alumni news, interviews and features

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7 December 2019

SOAS rises in World University Ranking

SOAS University of London has been ranked in UK’s top twenty universities for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking. The rankings place SOAS 13th in the UK and 57th in the world, rising 4 places from 61st in 2019.

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28 October 2019

SOAS alumnus Maro Itoje named Player of the Match

SOAS politics graduate Maro Itoje was named Player of the Match in England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final victory on Saturday against the All Blacks. We are immensely proud to have Maro as an alumnus and as someone who speaks out about issues in modern society and cites his studies at SOAS as a formative part of his outlook on life.

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11 October – 14 December 2019

African Textiles: Karun Thakar Collection

SOAS is hosting an exquisite exhibition of one of the world’s largest private collections of African textiles.

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10 December 2019

Careers and Alumni: Seasonal Soiree

Come and join us for pizza, drinks and good vibes, and to meet the Careers team here at SOAS.

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7 December 2019

SOAS Alumni in Japan Year End Party

Sat. 7 December 19:00 - 23:00 the SOAS Alumni in Japan association is holding an end of year party at the YYG Brewery & Beer Kitchen, 1F/Terrace 2-18-3 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. No need to register, just turn up!

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10 December

Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History

In this talk on Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History, Professor Masalha will trace Palestine’s millennia-old heritage, uncovering cultures and societies of astounding depth and complexity that stretch back to the very beginnings of recorded history.

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Among the different institutions I have attended, this is the one I am proud of saying it is my alma mater because it is somewhere I really learnt something new rather than just expand on my high school knowledge. (...) I have moved out and about between different countries and (...) I have met alumni in unexpected places.

Charles Lor (MSc Violence, Conflict, and Development; 2002) 



Quite Ironically, I came into SOAS wanting to qualify in the bar and go into human rights, I came out understanding the world functions around economic development and I could work in the corporate world and yet be an instrument of change. I began to understand that it is better to be within the system and create progress rather than against it.

Nimisha Sara Philip (LLB, 2015)




I have been lucky to be able to put to use both my practical training as an economist and the regional focus on the Middle East in my career. For instance, with the Aga Khan Development Network, I worked in Syria for over a year, and in Canada’s Foreign Service, I have served in Ramallah. In my current role in Washington, I get to focus more on economic issues, both in the US and as they apply to international development.

Hussein Hirji (Development Economics, 2007)




SOAS challenges you on what you think you already know – we all have countries that we might defend or not defend – but then you meet people who may be from those regions who tell you how it is really on the ground. The different views and perspectives is a huge strength. I’d give SOAS a ten out of ten. It’s a great place to be. It’s also a very friendly and welcoming, and you settle in very quickly.

Nicholas Oniwon, MA International Studies and Diplomacy, 2013



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