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School of Oriental and African Studies

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Motto "Knowledge is Power."
Established 1916
Location Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom
Students 3,000 total
Homepage http://www.soas.ac.uk

The School of Oriental and African Studies (often abbreviated to SOAS) was founded in 1916 primarily as an institution to train British administrators for colonial postings, and has grown into one of the world's foremost institutions for the study of Asia and Africa. A college of the University of London, SOAS fields include Law, Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages with special reference to Asia and Africa. SOAS today is a source of some of the most influential and innovative thinking in many fields of the social sciences and humanities, principally, but not exclusively in relation to Asia and Africa. The SOAS Library, housed in a building designed at the beginning of the 1970s by Sir Denys Lasdun, is the UK's national resource for materials relating to Asia and Africa and is the largest of its kind in Europe.


The school has grown considerably over the past thirty years, from under 1,000 students in the 1970s to over 3,000 students today, approximately half of them postgraduates.


The school also houses two galleries: the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, one of the foremost collections of Chinese ceramics in Europe, and the Brunei Gallery, completed in 1995.


The main campus was moved to a new, purpose-built home, just off Russell Square in Bloomsbury in 1938, and has much expanded since then. The present library building was added in 1977, the Brunei Gallery in 1995, and an extension to the library building opened in 2004. A new campus at Vernon Square in Islington was opened in 2001.


SOAS is consistently rated as one of the United Kingdom's top ten higher education institutions in national League tables. The most recent Guardian League Table (2004) placed it in fourth position. In November 2004 SOAS was ranked the 44th best university in the world by the THES world league table of universities (the 7th UK university in the table).

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SOAS graduates can be found throughout the world in positions of influence in (amongst others) academia, diplomacy, journalism, government, the law, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, banking and finance, the arts, the media and education.


Notable alumni include diverse figures, such as:

Notable members of staff include:

External link

  • School of Oriental and African Studies website (http://www.soas.ac.uk/)


Recognized bodies of the University of London

Birkbeck | Goldsmiths | Heythrop | Imperial | Institute of Cancer Research | Institute of Education | King's | London Business School | LSE | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Queen Mary | Royal Academy of Music | Royal Holloway | Royal Veterinary College | St George's | SOAS | School of Pharmacy | UCL

Listed bodies

British Institute in Paris | Courtauld Institute of Art | School of Advanced Study | University Marine Biological Station, Millport


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Since its formation in 1916, the School of Oriental and African Studies - or SOAS as it's better known - has built an enviable reputation around the globe for the calibre and quality of its courses, teaching and research.
Part of the University of London, and located in the heart of the capital, SOAS continues to enhance its position as the world's leading centre for the study of a highly diverse range of subjects concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
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SOAS was founded in 1916 and is one of the colleges of the University of London.
SOAS academics are at the forefront of research in their fields and the library is an international resource for scholars of Asia and Africa.
SOAS has a library containing over a million volumes in 4,000 languages, which is used by students and visiting scholars alike.
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