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Interdisciplinary team secures ERC grant to explore kingdoms of Asia

As part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, Dr Nathan W. Hill, lecturer in Tibetan and Linguistics at SOAS, University of London, has secured a €7 million European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant to explore the interlocking kingdoms in Asia and their interactions between South, South East and Central Asia. 

13th February 2014

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti SOAS launches Alphawood Scholarships for 2014/15

Recently awarded a transformational £20 million gift from Alphawood Foundation, Chicago, to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia, SOAS is establishing an ambitious academic programme that seeks to build on its world-leading research expertise and existing institutional links in Southeast Asia.

20th December 2013

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

1st November 2013

Indonesia Kontemporer at SOAS draws in the crowds

The third Indonesia Kontemporer (IKON) organised by the Centre of South East Asian Studies (CSEAS) at SOAS, University of London drew in an estimated 1,200 people last week for its day long programme inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions. It also attracted national coverage on BBC Indonesia.

24th October 2013

A carved doorway miraculously still standing Scholar’s work inspires generous gift to Cambodian temple restoration fund

The scholarship of a SOAS academic has prompted a substantial donation to support the restoration of an ancient Cambodian temple.

The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the ‘generous gift’ to the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) in honour of Dr Peter Sharrock’s research on the temple of Banteay Chhmar.

21st March 2013

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