SOAS, University of London
SOAS, University of London is a college of the University of London and the only Higher Education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. On the one hand, this means that SOAS remains a guardian of specialised knowledge in languages and periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK. On the other hand, it means that SOAS scholars grapple with pressing issues - democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, social change - confronting two-thirds of humankind. This makes SOAS synonymous with intellectual excitement 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 us an indispensable interpreter in a complex world. We have: -SOAS has the largest concentration of specialist staff (350+ academics) concerned with the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East at any university in the world and over 5,400 undergraduate and post graduate students from more than 130 countries -programmes in a wide range of social science, humanities and languages and cultures -SOAS is above the national average for student satisfaction at 86% (National Student Survey 2011) (this has been changed to: The School does well in the National Student Survey for teaching with 89% of students satisfied with the teaching on their course, an improvement of 3% on the previous year. Art and Archaeology (91%), Asian Studies (88%) and Anthropology (88%) produced the best results for overall satisfaction). -a staff student ratio of 11:1. -In 2009, the School was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching. This was the second time the School had won this prestigious prize. -SOAS has over 100 postgraduate programmes (taught and distance learning) in the social sciences, humanities and languages with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance. -According to the latest Research Assessment Exercise, SOAS is the national leader in the study of Asia, and is in the top 10 in most other subjects. -The SOAS Library is one of the UK's five National Research Libraries. It houses more than 1.5 million items and extensive electronic resources for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and attracts scholars from all over the world.