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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.  

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October 2020

Black History Month 2020 at SOAS

SOAS is celebrating Black History Month with a varied programme of events, blogs and articles to promote knowledge of black history and experience; circulate information on positive black contributions to British Society; and heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage.

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October 2020

SOAS Brunei Gallery reopens from 1 October

From Thursday 1st October, the Brunei Gallery is re-opening to visitors with reduced opening times, safety measures and pre-booking in place. With installed sanitising stations, staff will be wearing face coverings and visitor numbers will be limited with one-way routes. In return, visitors will need to wear a face covering inside the gallery and when moving around the SOAS campus.

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October 2020

SOAS develops new degree pathways

New UG programme, BA Languages and Cultures launched, without regional specification in the title of this new degree. This is a statement that studying an African or Asian language carries the same weight and value as studying a European languages - to break the dichotomy between 'language study' and 'world language study'.

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19 - 24 October 2020 

Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas: Decolonising Knowledge

The Festival focuses on Decolonising Knowledge. It includes panel discussions, student led installations, a public debate on Decolonising Knowledge

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15 October 2020

Furthering Black Women in Higher Education and Careers

Ms Zainab Badawi, Ms Lavinya Stennett, Mx Busisiwe Deyi and Dr Emilia Onyema will have a roundtable talk and Q&A, celebrating the success of black women and also discussing how they can get the most out of their education and careers.

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23 October 2020

Nairobi Noir: SOAS Alumni Kenya Book Club

An online book club gathering organised by SOAS Alumni Ambassador for Nairobi, Mukami Wangai (BA Economics and Law, 2010). Mukami will discuss the book 'Nairobi Noir' with the editor of the book, Peter Kimani.

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18 October 2020

SOAS Alumni in Germany Meet and Greet Virtual Brunch

An online meet up for all alumni in Germany, bring your own brunch and meet your fellow alumni in Germany!

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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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