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Adam Habib

February 2020

Professor Adam Habib to be next SOAS Director

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

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2019/ 2020

2019/ 2020 Magazine now available online

Alumni magazine now available to read online

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2019/ 2020

SOAS rises in University league tables

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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5 February 2020

SOAS celebrates parternship with MountCrest University

SOAS Director Baroness Valerie Amos and Registrar and Secretary (Chief Operating Officer) Paula Sanderson visited Ghana to celebrate the partnership between SOAS University of London and MountCrest University College (MCU), Ghana.

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10 January - 20 March

Multiple exhibitions at the SOAS Brunei Gallery

From January to March, the Brunei Gallery will be showcasing four different exhibitions

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9 -10 February 2020

Yallah: Judeo-Arabic Music Workshop and Conference

Alumni rates 25% discount on full price – please email us on for Alumni verification process and discount code

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12 February 2020

Alumni networking reception in Geneva, Switzerland. 

7pm at Mr Pickwick Pub, Rue de Lausanne 80, 1202 Genève, Switzerland. This special networking reception marks the occasion of the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy’s Study Tour to the United Nations Office at Geneva.


24 February

The London Middle East Institute and SOAS Alumni present: Islamist Occidentalism: Sayyid Quṭb and the Western Other

SOAS Alumna Nadia Duvall (History PhD, 2016) will be here to discuss her new book, Islamist Occidentalism: Sayyid Quṭb and the Western Other

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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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