Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia - 'Great Personalities' talk series

The ongoing transformation of Malaysia Airlines was described by its Group Managing Director and CEO, Peter Bellew, at a popular event in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Bellew spoke about his first ten months in office during the talk entitled ‘300th day in office - KPIs revisited, road ahead.’

He described his career in the aviation industry and the work he immediately began upon
assuming his current position, including improving staff morale.

Mr Bellew plans to make the Malaysia Airlines story the greatest airline transformation initiative in history.

Temples and Textiles of Odisha, with Delhi and Hyderabad

Join Rosemary Crill, a leading authority on India’s textile traditions and history, as you travel through India’s most fascinating yet little-known regions. Odisha (formerly Orissa) in East India offers ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples with rich traditions of village craft production and tribal culture. This unique programme also includes some of the key traditional textile centres in the southern state of Telangana. During the trip you will gain insight into the extraordinary range of textiles still being made today.

Ancient Cambodia

The Hindu and Buddhist temples of Angkorean Cambodia are some of the most evocative monuments to survive from the ancient world. Begin in the modern city of Siem Reap visiting the pearls of Cambodian Hindu and Buddhist architecture in Angkor itself. See the walls and gates of Angkor Thom, the decorated Elephant and Leper King terraces, and the ’Tomb Raider‘ temple of Ta Prohm. Travel to the oldest standing temples in Cambodia at Sambor Prei Kuk, dating from the 7th century CE.

The making of the Himalaya: A geological traverse across Bhutan

Traverse the Kingdom of Bhutan, entering at Paro in the west and departing from the south east along the land border to Assam, India. During the journey you will explore the major building blocks of the Himalayan mountains and discuss their role in throwing up the highest mountain range on Earth and their impact on the Bhutanese who live amongst them. Journey with specialist Professor Nigel Harris who has published extensively on the geology of the Himalaya since 1985, when he crossed Tibet with Professor Augusto Gansser, the grandfather of Himalayan geology.

Origins of Chinese cuisine: A hands-on approach

The continent that stretches from Central Asia to the East China Sea boasts some of the richest and most varied cuisine on earth. Accompanied by English-speaking chef and author Ms Jen Lin-Liu, journey through some of the most important centres of Chinese regional cuisine. Discover the historical origins of China’s most famous delicacies and the role they have played in everyday life for thousands of years. This is a hands-on learning experience and there will be cooking classes in each destination.

Crossing the ancient Silk Road: China and Central Asia

The term ‘Silk Road’ did not refer to a single route but a vast network of roads stretching from Xi’an to the Eastern Mediterranean. Linking India, Europe and the Far East, routes passed through spectacular cities and tiny hamlets, through harsh forbidding mountains, gentle steppe lands and hot deserts. Along its length, intrepid merchants traded in a huge number of items such as beautiful silks, porcelain, jade and fine carpets. Dr Greenbaum will show that the Silk Road was not simply a highway for the trade of precious items: it was the main East–West artery for the flow of ideas.