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NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

ACLS announces the second cohort of fellows in The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Fellows from Asia, Europe, and North America will travel to archives and research sites in Asia and other world areas to conduct research on a wide range of topics related to Buddhism.

28th July 2015

BA / Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship awarded to Lucia Dolce

Department member Dr Lucia Dolce has been awarded with a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship

1st March 2015

£2 million endowment funds first Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism at SOAS

SOAS, University of London has received a further £600,000 gift from Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) to secure a long-term endowment for the Numata Readership in Japanese Buddhism.

19th November 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

MA Buddhist Studies at SOAS
The Department of the Study of Religions has a new MA Buddhist Studies. The programme will appeal to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of Buddhism and Buddhist traditions as a whole, and will offer unique opportunities to those intending to embark on further research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities.

13th May 2014

SOAS in Europe’s top ten for Arts and Humanities

SOAS, University of London has been ranked in Europe’s top ten universities for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, which ranked SOAS ninth in Europe and 26th in the world.

6th March 2014

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

1st November 2013

A carved doorway miraculously still standing Scholar’s work inspires generous gift to Cambodian temple restoration fund

The scholarship of a SOAS academic has prompted a substantial donation to support the restoration of an ancient Cambodian temple.

The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the ‘generous gift’ to the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) in honour of Dr Peter Sharrock’s research on the temple of Banteay Chhmar.

21st March 2013