SOAS University of London

SOAS Centenary

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

In 2012, renowned humanitarian and activist, Graça Machel, was appointed as the new President of SOAS and in 2013, SOAS was granted degree-awarding powers by the Privy Council. In the same year, the Alphawood Foundation made an unprecedented £20 million donation to fund step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art and in 2014 a £1 million gift from the MBI Al Jaber Foundation enabled the relocation of the London Middle East Institute to a prestigious home at 21 Russell Square. The School's commitment to interdisciplinarity and regional expertise was reaffirmed by the foundation of the SOAS China Institute and the SOAS South Asia Institute.

In 2015, Baroness Valerie Amos was appointed as the ninth Director of SOAS, joining the School at the start of its hundredth session.

In 2016, a major SOAS exhibition on Zoroastrianism, The Everlasting Flame, opens in Delhi in partnership with the Indian government; the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme opens a SOAS Field School in Cambodia to support a 5-year restoration project of the Banteay Chhmar temple; and the School extends into the newly refurbished Senate House North Block, consolidating its central London campus around one vibrant precinct.

Senate House North Entrance

The history of SOAS and the treasures of SOAS will be explored in two fascinating exhibitions in the Brunei Gallery during the centenary year.

Visit the Centenary Timeline to find out more about our extraordinary history.