School of Oriental and African Studies
Since its formation in 1916, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has built an enviable reputation around the globe for the calibre and quality of its courses, teaching and research. It is part of the University of London and centrally located in Bloomsbury, next to the British Museum. SOAS continues to enhance its position as the world’s leading centre for the study of a highly diverse range of subjects concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Some 25 Japanese specialists at SOAS offer a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including several specifically related to Japanese visual culture, film and media studies. The School has Europe’s most comprehensive library on Japanese subjects and is designated the National Library for Asian and African studies.
As the largest centre for Japanese studies in the UK, SOAS is an invaluable partner for the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. The relationship is formalized by the membership of the Director of SOAS on the Institute’s Management Board. The London Office of the Institute operates under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and works in close cooperation with staff in the Department of Art and Archaeology.
The Institute also collaborates with the School’s Japan Research Centre, which serves as a national and international centre for Japanese studies, and which maintains links with Japanese scholars, Japanese universities and the Japanese community in London. The Institute supports acquisitions by the SOAS Library in the area of Japanese visual arts.Japanese roof garden, Brunei Gallery
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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is a public research university specialising in arts and humanities, languages, laws and social sciences relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and a constituent college of the University of London. SOAS currently offers over 300 undergraduate Bachelor’s degree combinations, and over 70 one-year intensively taught Master’s degrees.