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SOAS University of London

SOAS University of London has a world-wide reputation for its depth of programmes, quality of teaching and research in a highly diverse range of subjects concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is a large and complex organisation, with around 5,000 FTE students, many from overseas, 4000 distance learning students, in excess of 1,000 employees and a turnover of £70 million.

It is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East and uniquely combines language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus. On the one hand, this means that SOAS scholars grapple with pressing issues - democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, social change - confronting two-thirds of humankind while at the same time remaining guardians of specialised knowledge in languages and periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK.

This makes SOAS synonymous with intellectual enquiry and achievement. It is a global academic base and a crucial resource for London. We live in a world of shrinking borders and of economic and technological simultaneity. Yet it is also a world in which difference and regionalism present themselves acutely. It is a world that SOAS is distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain. Our academic focus on the languages, cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East makes SOAS an indispensable interpreter in a complex world.