Students benefit from regional awards for medical placements overseas

Two Oxford medical students have embarked upon ‘inspirational’ medical placements on the African continent and in Central America this summer, thanks to a new regional bursary scheme.

Local alumni group OUS Cornwall has offered grants for the past five years to help Cornish students to help fund summer projects associated with their studies.

However, this year the group extended the scheme to include an additional bursary to fund a medical elective abroad for medical students with strong connections to Cornwall.

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.

Primates of Uganda: Chimpanzees and gorillas

Teeming with life, Uganda is reclaiming its place as Africa’s foremost wildlife destination. One of the only places on the continent to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild, the Big Five are also here, including tree-climbing lions and the greatest concentration of birds in Africa. Uganda is a staggeringly beautiful country, home to Africa’s tallest mountain range, its largest freshwater lake and the legendary source of the Nile. Half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas live here and arguably no other wildlife experience on earth is more exhilarating.

Laos and Thailand’s Golden Triangle: Slow boat from Luang Prabang

Discover one of the last unspoiled corners of Southeast Asia on this exploration of Laos and northern Thailand. Accompanied by Human Geographer Professor Philip Hirsch, enjoy the beguiling UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang as well as rural Pak Ou and Pakbeng on a six-night Mekong cruise aboard boutique ship Mekong Sun. Continuing overland, explore the lush mountain scenery of the Golden Triangle and the Thai cities of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.

Nagaland and Myanmar: A cultural odyssey

Travel into wild landscapes and learn about the fascinating tribal cultures of Northeast India with expert Zara Fleming. The remote state of Nagaland is situated at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, inhabited by intriguing indigenous communities who live in harmony with the environment. Discover high hills, dense forests, lush jungles and an astonishing diversity of culture, flora and fauna. Continue to Myanmar (Burma), a country of rich cultural heritage, relatively new to tourism after decades of isolation imposed by its former military dictatorship.