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Adam Habib

February 2020

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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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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March 2020

SOAS moves into the world top 50 for Arts and Humanities

SOAS University of London has once again featured amongst the world’s elite institutions in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. This year, SOAS has moved into the top 50 ranking in the world for Arts and Humanities with 10 of its subject areas across a broad range of disciplines ranked among the world’s top 100 and six ranked among the top 50.

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March 2020

SOAS moves to remote delivery of teaching and services

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SOAS buildings will remain closed from Thursday 19 March through to the Summer Term (until Friday 12 June) to protect the safety of our students, staff and alumni. Our online services are working normally, so please get in touch via if you have any questions. Stay safe and keep in touch. 

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10 January - 20 March

CANCELLED: Exhibitions at the SOAS Brunei Gallery

The Brunei Gallery, along with the rest of the SOAS buildings, is now closed until 20 April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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25 March 2020

CeFIMS webinar

SOAS Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFIMS) invites you to a webinar on 'Cognitive inconsistency and the thin institutionalisation of managerial practices'. Date and time: 25 March, 12:30pm

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20 April 2020

POSTPONED: Alumni Book Club

Unfortunately the SOAS Alumni Book Club featuring alumna Hafsa Lodi's 'Modesty: A Fashion Paradox' has been postponed to later in the year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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17 March

CANCELLED: China Reconnects: Joining a Deep-rooted Past to a New World Order

Unfortunately, the talk by Professor Wang Gungwu (National University of Singapore) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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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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