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SOAS South Asia Institute has launched to consolidate research strengths

9 January 2014

SOAS, University of London is delighted to announce the launch of the SOAS South Asia Institute.

The SOAS South Asia Institute will consolidate SOAS’ research strengths in the region and make SOAS the premier UK institution for the multi-disciplinary study of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives.

The creation of the Institute marks a renewal of the School’s focus on this region. It will capitalise on the wealth of regional expertise and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration that already exists within the School.

SOAS South Asia Institute will be led by Michael Hutt, Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at SOAS, who will provide the strategic lead for more than 40 South Asia specialists from all three SOAS faculties.

Professor Hutt commented: "The SOAS South Asia Institute will aim to become the UK’s leading centre for the study of the societies and cultures of South Asia. It will develop new relationships with educational and research institutions in the region and with commerce and business and government departments in the UK. It will introduce new programmes of postgraduate teaching and research training and produce a new generation of South Asia researchers whose distinctive blend of disciplinary skills and cultural and linguistic fluencies will mark them out as products of SOAS.”

Visit the SOAS South Asia Institute webpage.