Marking the centenary celebrations of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) hosted a dinner banquet with several of SOAS University of London’s alumni, at the Qatar National Convention Centre recently. The event was jointly held by SOAS and HBKU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS).

Commemorating SOAS’ history with numerous renowned and award-winning graduates, the evening celebrated the achievements of successful alumni in the MENA region. The dinner was attended by Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS University of London and former Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations; Dr Hassan Hakimian, Director of the London Middle East Institute and HE Ajay Sharma, British Ambassador to Qatar. They were joined by other governmental delegates and SOAS academics, scholars and alumni.

Dr Amal Al-Malki, Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at HBKU, joined QF representatives and faculty in hosting the event.

As an alumnus of SOAS, Dr Amal Al-Malki, said he was delighted and honoured to be hosting the dinner banquet with fellow alumni in Qatar and the MENA region. He said that at HBKU, they strive to actively leverage synergies with local and international partners and organisations to ensure a high quality research and education ecosystem, for the benefit of Qatar, the region, and beyond.

Events like these foster dialogue in our society and promote discourse within our diverse community.’

The dinner is part of a series of talks, workshops and conferences happening across the globe throughout the year, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of SOAS, as a reflection of the institution’s past and as a showcase of its future. The event was aimed at strengthening the SOAS alumni community in Qatar and the GCC, and to nurture ties between students and faculty from HBKU, and SOAS’ wide and established alumni network.

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