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SOAS, University of London

SOAS University of London is the only higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is a global academic base with the highest concentration of experts focusing on these regions in Europe.

Our scholars grapple with pressing issues – from democracy, development, human rights and identity to legal systems, poverty, religion and social change. Crucially, our experts critique the world from the perspective of our regions to provide in-depth and informed analysis on some of the most challenging issues in our time.

SOAS is also a guardian of specialised knowledge in languages and regions not available anywhere else in the UK. The SOAS Library is one of the most important resources for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as our Archives and Special Collections which document British interaction with Africa and Asia over the last 250 years.

In a world where globalisation works to shrinks borders, but where nationalism, difference and regionalism also present themselves acutely, SOAS is distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain.

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The Canada Infrastructure Bank was founded in 2017 by the Liberal Party to support revenue-generating infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships. (Shutterstock)

It’s time for the Canada Infrastructure Bank to reclaim its public purpose

Rather than underwriting private interests and the privatization of public services, the Canada Infrastructure Bank can build a better democratic institutional legacy.
Experiencing skin-shade prejudice can impact on a person’s self-confidence and their relationships. AS photostudio | Shutterstock

Colourism: how skin-shade prejudice impacts black men in the UK

Skin-shade prejudice can have a lasting impact both on people’s self-confidence and on who they in turn find attractive. Understanding how it works is key to resisting it.
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Nigeria’s ‘miracle examination centres’ undermine education: how to stop the rot

Top-down enforcement of rules is not working; it has to be in people’s own interests to behave ethically.
Youth environmental activists take part in a walk to demand for Climate Justice in Kenya. Brian Ongoro/AFP via Getty Images

Five climate change messages from the African continent

Five aspects need attention if African governments are to be able to mitigate, adapt to and manage climate change in the coming critical decade.

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