Htaywai Naing studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at SOAS and is now a Graduate Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School.
Why did you choose SOAS?
One thing that I like about SOAS is its location, the centre of everything such as British Museum. We can find almost everything within walking distance. The other thing is the area of specialization which is in Asia and Africa. SOAS offers Asian related courses with the world’s leading professors in Asian related courses.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
One of the privileges of the Diploma program at SOAS is the hands-on experiences with authentic art objects from the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and many others.
Can you tell us about the work you do now and how you got there?
Currently, I am doing a Graduate Fellowship at the Harvard Divinity School.
How has your experience at SOAS helped you in your career?
The people I met at SOAS transformed my way of thinking and understanding of religions, politics, and gender identity. Indeed, the diverse body of international students represents the unique nature of SOAS within cosmopolitan London. This experience led me to further study, first to complete an MA at the University of East Anglia and then at the Harvard Divinity School.
What advice would you give to students thinking about studying at SOAS?
Don’t hesitate to apply to SOAS. The experiences of SOAS will transform your life. You will be able to work in every field though the knowledge and experiences that you gain from SOAS.