The University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has received what it says is one of the biggest ever donations to a UK university.

The £20m gift - worth more than a quarter of its annual turnover - would be "transformational", SOAS said.

It came from the Alphawood Foundation in Chicago, set up by Fred Eychaner, a former Asian art student at SOAS.

The money will pay for building upgrades, research and scholarships.
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Prof Paul Webley, director of SOAS, said the university was "thrilled" to be working with Alphawood.

"SOAS has been studying and interpreting the development, languages, arts and cultures of Asia for nearly 100 years and this project will draw on that knowledge as well as further reinforce our position as a world-leading centre for the study and interpretation of South East Asian art."

The donation includes £5m towards building development and £15m to be spent on research into South East Asian Art as well as improving links with the region.

SOAS said the money would be used to bring post-graduate students from the south-east Asia to London.

It also wants to establish three new academic posts, including professorships in Buddhist and Hindu art, and develop links with like-minded institutions in countries such as Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

Mr Eychaner, a broadcasting tycoon who owns a string of radio stations, said he wanted his money to build bridges, especially in areas of Asia held back in the 20th Century by war and politics.

"Alphawood Foundation seeks to stimulate and expand the study of South East Asian art at all levels - from an educated and interested public to museum professionals to new PhD-level scholars.

"We chose to advance this goal by making our largest gift to date to SOAS because this school creates a very special learning and research environment where West meets East."

Mr Eychaner - who owned a television station until he sold it to Rupert Murdoch's Fox network - studied for a post-graduate diploma at SOAS, which currently has more than 5,000 students from 130 countries.… view more »

YF Education Opens Birmingham Office

Friday, March 1st, 2013

YF Education is pleased to announce that it has opened a regional office in Birmingham city centre. This decision was made in response to an increasing awareness of the market demand in the city for our services and is seen as a key part of YF's overall growth strategy. YF Education now has two main offices in London, regional offices in Birmingham and Manchester as well as Asian offices in Beijing and Nanjing. Contact details of all of our offices can be found on our website.

YF Education aims to continue its strategy of growth as we go into the New Year and beyond and is currently considering a number of potential venues for new offices in the UK, Europe and Asia.
As this growth strategy continues we will be seeking high quality employees and partners to work with us to help us achieve our ambitious goals. If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience and would like to be a part of our continuing success story, please contact Helen Han,
A very happy and prosperous New Year to everyone.… view more »

Christmas Greetings From Universities!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

To all the staff at YF Education, a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from xmas University of aberystwyth. Thank you for all of your recent hard work and we look forward to working with you in 2013.

Ian Thomas, Director of Business School,University of aberystwyth

Dear University Representative:YF Education,

Wishing you and all your team a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year. As Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire I value enormously our international relationships. They make us a stronger and better university. I look forward to continuing to work with you for mutual benefit in 2013. With best wishes.

Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor, University of Bedfordshireview more »

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