SOAS University of London

SOAS Centenary

Early years (1917-36)

The School of Oriental Studies was founded on 5 June 1916 when it received its Royal Charter as a college of the University of London. Read more...

A new Library (1973-1985)

With a new library building, SOAS began vigorous expansion. Read more...

Second campus (2001-2011)

The Brunei Gallery opened and expansion in activities was matched by expansion of facilities in this period. Read more...

First expansion (1937-69)

During this period, wartime Japanese language students joined the School and the Contemporary China Institute was founded. Read more...

National importance (1986-2000)

A report on the need for Asian and African studies led to new appointments at SOAS. Read more...

​Towards our second century​​​ (2012-)

The School appointed a new President and Director, and extended into Senate House. Read more...