The SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, celebrated its centennial in 2016, having begun its education life in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies. Located in central London, within the Bloomsbury community, SOAS grew over the course of the next two decades and also acquired a solid reputation as an integral area in the area of African studies.
In the post-war climate of 1946, the Scarborough Commission was set up to consider an expansion of educational opportunities about the continent of Asia. That made SOAS one of the chief beneficiaries of the money. By 1961, the Hayter Report, the concept of social science educational expansion offered more money to help the school grow.
One of the main areas for research on campus is the massive library that has an estimated 1.5 million items as part of its collection. In addition to focus on the continents of Asia and Africa, SOAS now also has undertaken to passing on knowledge related to the Middle East. Scholars from around the world use this National Research Library.