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SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. With more than 300 academics dedicated to research and teaching in these areas, it has become one of the world’s leading institutions of its kind.
The SOAS ‘Questions Worth Asking’ campaign begins to unravel the challenges facing our world. As we delve into these global issues, it becomes apparent that there is a space and a clear need for an institution like SOAS to challenge the status quo and continue asking searching questions about global human challenges.
Funding for arts, humanities and social sciences is vital and the impact of the research is immeasurable with a global reach. SOAS’ Institutes and Regional Centres are a hub for groundbreaking research and ongoing support will allow our students and academics to continue their vital work. With significant cuts to funding, the impact of Brexit and the increasing strain on higher education resources, SOAS needs as much support as possible to continue to cultivate its intellectual talent and infrastructure.
The research taking place at SOAS can help practitioners, governments and international organisations address important social issues and political challenges.
An example of the work taking place at SOAS, is Dr Phil Clark’s research into the Rwandan community-based “gacaca” justice system and its use after the 1994 genocide. This provides a powerful example of how countries can move on from conflict. Dr Clark argues that mass participation in truth-telling and accountability is more important for laying the foundations of reconciliation than laws and lawyers. His work can be used a model for post-conflict rebuilding across the world.
SOAS’ research tackles food and water insecurity, climate change, poverty, education, gender and human rights. By making a gift you will help SOAS to continue to carry out research that addresses the many challenges facing our world today. SOAS’ research tackles food and water insecurity, climate change, poverty, education, gender and human rights. Our research has the potential to shape the world we live in for the better and we need your support to help us continue this.