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SOAS’ popular MOOC programme ready to launch again

SOAS, University of London’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled ‘Understanding Research Methods’ was launched in June this year and attracted over 40,000 students from around the world. Its second run will begin on 3 November 2014.

29th October 2014

Former SOAS student postponed studies to run for Presidency of Somalia’s semi-autonomous enclave Puntland

Earlier this year, Abdi-Wali Gurey, a former part-time PhD student in Politics and International Relations at SOAS, put his studies on hold in order to return to his homeland of Somalia and run for the Presidency of Puntland, a semi-autonomous enclave of the war-torn country.

14th October 2014

SOAS alumnus appointed as new Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa

SOAS alumnus Lesetja Kganyago has been has been appointed as the next governor of the South African Reserve Bank

8th October 2014

Trevor Marchand SOAS academic awarded the 2014 Rivers Memorial Medal

Trevor Marchand, Professor of Social Anthropology, has been awarded the 2014 Rivers Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute. Professor Marchand received the Medal at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting held in the Clore Auditorium of the British Museum on Friday 12 September.

25th September 2014

SOAS Exhibitions Manager judges craft in Beijing

John Hollingworth, Galleries and Exhibition Manager at the Brunei Gallery, was recently invited to act as judge for the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts in Beijing. John was asked to attend by the World Crafts Council AISBL and the China Arts and Crafts Association (China is currently President of the WCC).

5th September 2014

SOAS recognised for advancing gender equality

SOAS, along with just four other universities in the UK, has been awarded a ‘Bronze level’ institutional charter mark by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) for progress made in advancing gender equality in arts, humanities and social sciences in higher education.

5th September 2014

SOAS student satisfaction remains at highest level since National Student Survey began

88% of final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, 2% above the sector average. Satisfaction with access to learning resources rose to 90%, putting the university in the top quartile.Top rankings in the UK achieved by Africa and Near and Middle East and Asian Studies, with Development Studies in second place and the Department of Finance and Management Studies ranked fourth.

12th August 2014

SOAS’ Leadership Development Programme hosts 30 students from Hong Kong

SOAS, University of London was recently visited by a group of 30 students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) who were in the UK taking part in SOAS Enterprise Office’s Leadership Development Programme. 

11th August 2014

SOAS academic presents new book on life and legacy of Khomeini

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has edited a new book on the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the man who led the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which resulted in his appointment as Iran’s Supreme Leader, a position he held until his death in 1989. The book has received favourable media coverage in Iran and beyond, most notably on the BBC Persian website.  

7th August 2014

Pentecostal Christianity and its impact on development to be explored at SOAS conference

A conference at SOAS, University of London will explore the substantial rise of Pentecostal Christianity in developing countries and its implications for politics, social relations, inter-religious affairs, gender roles, and economics.

5th August 2014

Another successful year for the SOAS Academic Summer School

The SOAS Academic Summer School 2014 built on the success of last year and doubled student figures. This year's intake of students attended nine courses, covering areas such as development, politics, migration, Jawi, culture and society, law and Arabic.

5th August 2014

Anna Contadini SOAS academic awarded the ‘Premio Vallesina’

Anna Contadini, Professor of the History of Islamic Art at SOAS, University of London has been awarded the ‘Premio Vallesina 2014’ for the category ‘Culture’.

22nd July 2014

Paul Marking Professor Trevor Marchand has received sponsorship from the Carpenters' Company

Professor Trevor Marchand has received sponsorship from the Carpenters' Company, one of the livery companies of the City of London, to complete a short ethnographic film on The Intelligent Hand.

5th June 2014

Inaugural Events of the Centre for Ottoman Studies

We invite you to the Inauguration of the Centre for Ottoman Studies at SOAS. On 27 June 2014, we will officially open the Centre with a keynote address by Dr Edhem Eldem of Boğaziçi University, accompanied by a short audiovisual presentation by Dr Emre Aracı. On 28 June 2014, we will hold the Centre's Inaugural Colloquium, featuring a series of distinguished scholars who will address, inter alia, the question of the future of Ottoman and post-Ottoman studies.

28th May 2014

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