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Centres and Programmes Office

Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students 2014


Date: 1 December 2014Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 1 December 2014Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Presentation

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs and SOAS, University of London, invite school and college students, in particular sixth form students or equivalent, to a day of talks about aspects of Asia.

The aim of the event is to introduce students to subjects and concepts they may not have previously explored as part of their curriculum and, which will, we hope, inspire them. The conference is open to all in the 16-19 age-group. Students interested in pursuing geography, law, religion, international affairs, social sciences or Asian language pathways may find the event particularly relevant.


10:00-10:15Introduction and Welcome
Adrian Steger
H.E. Ambassador for Afghanistan

2 Asian language “tasters”; a brief practical introduction to Chinese and Arabic with SOAS staff

  • Chinese: Lik Suen, Deputy Director, London Confucius Institute
  • Arabic: Mohamed I Said, Principal Lector in Arabic, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
12:10-13:00Developing an interest in Asia
Tamsin Vyvyan-Robinson
13:40-14:20Exploration in Asia – still possible?
James Maddison
14:20-14:55Sir Aurel Stein and the Silk Road
Helen Wang
15:10-16:00Kurdistan, Syria & Iraq
Bayan Rahman; High Representative for Kurdistan in London
16:00Tea and finish

After each presentation there will be 5-10 minutes for questions.

Full programme 


Developing an interest in Asia by Tamsin Vyvyan-Robinson

Developing an interest in Asia


Exploration in Asia – still possible? by James Maddison

Exploration in Asia – still possible?


  • Mr Adrian Steger, of the RSAA on email: steger@btinternet.com  / 07768352574 / 020 8766 7468 weekdays or 01874 610747 weekends
  • Jane Savory, Centres and Programmes Office, SOAS, University of London on email js64@soas.ac.uk  / 020 7898 4892

For details on Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students 2015 click here

Organiser: Royal Society for Asian Affairs and SOAS, University of London

Sponsor: Ali Mosawi Foundation