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Adam Habib


Professor Adam Habib to be next SOAS Director

Professor Habib will take up the post at SOAS in January 2021. He is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and well-known public intellectual. He has been Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa since 2013.  

Watch his video message to students, alumni and staff

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magazine 2019

2019/ 2020

2019/ 2020 Magazine now available online

Alumni magazine now available to read online. Features include:

SOAS leads the debate on decolonising the curriculum

SOAS launches its first degree programme outside the UK

SOAS Director co-leads initiative to address BAME attainment gap

Alumnus Kelvin Cheung – combatting food, poverty and social isolation 

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May 2020

Languages for Lockdown

The new ‘SOAS Languages for Lockdown’ project invites everyone on a journey with the languages of Africa, Asia and the Middle EastAll episodes will be available on the SOAS YouTube channel, building up a series of different global languages over time. 

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June 2020

SOAS announces 20% off tuition fees for alumni

SOAS is now offering a 20% alumni discount for students starting a postgraduate degree in 2020. This discount is offered to all SOAS alumni, no matter which year you graduated. The discount is applicable to UK/EU and International alumni, and equates to a 20% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate taught degrees (e.g. MA) and postgraduate research degrees (e.g. PhD). 





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11 August 2020 

Demystifying Shariah

AFSOAS Presents this US Online book launch with author and SOAS Alumna Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Sumbul will discuss her new book Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It's Not Taking Over Our Country. The talk will be moderated by SOAS Alumna Dr Bharti Kansara.

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28 July 2020

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE in conversation with SOAS Professor Chris Cramer

Alumnus Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE and SOAS Professor Chris Cramer on art, history, Africa and the world 

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10 August 2020

Could the US win World War Three without nuclear weapons?

Dr Dan Plesch from SOAS CISD will discuss could the US win World War Three without nuclear weapons?

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16 September 2020

Architecture and politics in Africa

This one-day virtual conference explores politics in sub-Saharan Africa through an examination of public architecture including parliaments, airports, prisons, ministries, libraries, universities, schools, shopping malls, public housing, cathedrals, palaces and the AU headquarters.

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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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