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24-26 July 2019

SOAS Graduation 2019

Great success for SOAS 2019 Graduation Ceremonies


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3 August 2019

Valerie Amos to take up new role at Oxford in Summer 2020

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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3 April 2019

SOAS in world top three for supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal

SOAS has been ranked third in the world for its contribution to the UN SDG “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’.

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16 April 2019

SOAS hosts its first graduation celebration event

SOAS celebrated its Alphawood Scholars during a graduation event in Singapore, with staff and academics.

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african textiles

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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11 July - 21 September 2019

 A secret beauty:

The spirit of the Japanese Maki-e

SOAS Brunei Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the beautiful laquer work of Koyanagi Tanekuni



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3 June 2019, 7-9pm, SOAS

Book Launch: “Facing up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope”

This book from the Green House collective explores how transformative adaptation might enable us to confront escalating climate chaos.

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25 June 2019, 1-3 pm, SOAS

A “Paris Agreement” to eliminate and control weapons: The SCRAP Treaty

A discussion on ways to implement a "Paris Agreement" to eliminate and control weapons.


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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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