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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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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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October 2020

SOAS to host first virtual Festival of Ideas

Led by Dr Amina Yaqin, the SOAS Festival of Ideas celebrates new and exciting directions in SOAS research, teaching and enterprise emphasising the urgency of understanding our place in the world. 

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August 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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23 September 2020 

How the Israel Defence Forces Made the State

Bresheeth-Zabner will chart the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to wars in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Gaza, and show that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars.

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17 September 2020

US and Palestine: Shoot to Kill Policies and Transnational Resistance

Shoot to Kill Policies and Transnational Resistance between the US and Palestine with human rights attorney and Assistant Professor Noura Erakat of Rutgers University and moderated by Dr Rafeef Ziadah of SOAS University of London

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21 September 2020

AFSOAS Presents: Impact & Legacy of the John Loiello Scholarship

A conversation with our previous recipients of the John Loiello Scholarship on the impact of their time at SOAS on their lives

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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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