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SOAS to host UNESCO event to discuss revision of language index

UNESCO in cooperation with SOAS World Languages Institute, supported by the London Middle East Institute in UK, is organising a two-day consultative expert meeting on the revision of UNESCO’s Language Vitality Index which will be used for the development of UNESCO’s World Atlas of Languages.

17th November 2015

Francesca Orsini Francesca Orsini awarded €2.5 million grant to study world literature

Professor Francesca Orsini, Chair of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS), has been awarded an ERC advanced grant of €2.5 million to study world literature from the perspective of multilingual societies.


28th October 2015

SOAS University of London and Beijing Foreign Studies University strengthen partnership

Professor Peng Long, President of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) met SOAS Director Valerie Amos at SOAS last week to formally extend the partnership between the two prestigious institutions.

23rd September 2015

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

Honorary Fellows 2015 SOAS honours Grammy award-winning musician and two distinguished scholars, one a Nobel Prize-winning author, at Graduation Ceremonies

SOAS honours two distinguished figures from academia, sinologist Dr Frances Wood and Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee, and Grammy award-winning musician Toumani Diabaté at 2015 Graduation Ceremonies

19th June 2015

Ms Elizabeth Wright SOAS alumna recognised in Queen's birthday honours for services to the understanding of China

Elizabeth Wright has been made Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's birthday honours.

13th June 2015

SOAS’ Endangered Languages Documentation Programme receives a further $11 million from Arcadia

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS, University of London, has been awarded a new grant of $11 million (just over £7.25m) by Arcadia Fund. The grant is a renewal of the original £20 million donation Arcadia gave to SOAS in 2002, which resulted in the inception of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP).

27th April 2015

SOAS student wins First Prize at 14th Chinese Bridge Competition UK Finals

SOAS student Bruno Millan Narotzky, BA Chinese, has won First Prize in the UK final of an acclaimed Chinese language proficiency contest.

25th March 2015

SOAS holds second in a series of events to celebrate former SOAS scholar Lao She

On 12 March 2015, the 2nd in the series of events celebrating the 90th anniversary of Lao She’s arrival at SOAS to teach Mandarin was held at SOAS, University of London.

19th March 2015

SOAS scholars work with UNESCO on language preservation

Two scholars in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London have joined key discussions held by UNESCO to provide recommendations for its World Atlas of Languages.

12th February 2015

SOAS’ Faculty of Languages and Cultures in UK top ten for research environment

The vitality of the research environment in SOAS’ Faculty of Languages and Cultures puts it in the UK top ten in the 2014 Research Assessment Framework.  

18th December 2014

Emmon Bach Tribute to Emmon Bach

The Linguistics Department is deeply saddened to announce that Professor Emmon Bach (1929-2014) passed away on 28 November in Oxford.

9th December 2014

Dr Cui Yan beside Lao She's plaque SOAS celebrates former SOAS scholar Lao She – a pioneer of Mandarin language teaching

On 27 November, SOAS’ Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia held an event celebrating the 90th anniversary of Lao She’s coming to teach Chinese at SOAS.

4th December 2014

Peter Austin SOAS academic honoured by Sweden’s Uppsala University

Professor Peter K. Austin, Märit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University, Sweden.

22nd October 2014

SOAS to host workshop in Bangkok on preserving indigenous languages

SOAS, University of London will host a workshop entitled ‘Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools’ in Bangkok, Thailand from 8-14 February 2015. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with Mahidol University, based in Bangkok, and is being funded by the British Council.

14th October 2014

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