100 years of SOAS
SOAS, University of London celebrates its centenary in 2016-17.
Our key anniversary dates are:
- 5 June 1916 - the School (of Oriental Studies) receives its Royal Charter
- 18 January 1917 - the first students are admitted
- 23 February 1917 - the School is formally opened by the King Emperor George V
The SOAS storySOAS was founded as the School of Oriental Studies. Over the last century we have built a strong academic reputation throughout the world and especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. To find out about the people and events that have made the School what it is today, explore the Centenary Timeline and the Centenary Blog and visit our alumni profiles
Planning our futureAs SOAS approaches its centenary, our goal is to deepen our impact on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Phenomenal economic growth in China and India, political upheaval in the Middle East, the burgeoning middle classes of Africa – our world class scholars are well-placed to provide the analysis and understanding of our rapidly changing world. Our new courses, such as BA International Relations and BA English are examples of the constant innovation we bring to our teaching programmes in order to equip and inform today’s and tomorrow’s global citizens and institutions.
Architects' impression of the atrium at the heart of the redeveloped Senate House North Block
As SOAS embarks on its second century, it will offer state of the art research, teaching and student provision, all in one precinct. It will ensure the future of SOAS as a top flight university which offers a unique resource for a complex world, and an institution of which our alumni can remain truly proud.
Centenary research themes
Our five centenary research themes frame the School’s key aspirations for its future research.
- Global voices
- Heritage of humanity
- Global interactions
- Sharing a small planet
- Global diplomacy and governance