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About SOAS

Director's Welcome

Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS

Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS

Welcome to SOAS, the world's leading centre for the study of Asia and Africa based in the heart of London.

Our website aims to give a flavour of the intellectual and cultural 'buzz' which is a distinctive feature of the School. With a student population of around 4,000 from over 100 countries, our relatively small size ensures that we offer a friendly and welcoming environment while at the same time being able to take advantage of all University of London facilities. SOAS has a long and distinguished history of widening the horizons of its students and helping them gain the skills needed for careers in an increasingly international environment.

This website also gives an overview of outreach activities and partnerships with business and community, through the SOAS Language Centre and Enterprise Office, as well as details of current exhibitions at the Brunei Gallery.

SOAS has a special atmosphere: distinctive, quirky, passionate and critical. It is a place that dares to be a little different.

Professor Paul Webley