Several demonstration projects now being implemented by local government units (LGUs) in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) and the Ecotown Climate Resilience and Green Growth Road Map in the UMRBPL are two of the critical outputs of a technical assistance granted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in response to the need to demonstrate the concept of ecotowns in sync with the National Climate Change Action Plan (2011-2028).
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) has invited SEARCA together with other SEAMEO Centers to present proposals and updates on projects under the SEAMEO College, a regional platform that addresses specific challenges confronting high-level education leaders and practitioners in the region.
HO CHI MINH, Vietnam – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joined the Roundtable on Inclusive Agribusiness in Southeast Asia that took place in Pullman Hotel, Ho Chi Minh on 23-25 September 2015. The Roundtable is an initiative of Grow Asia, Food Systems Innovation, Seas of Change, Global Platform for Rural Development, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). It aimed to provide a venue for sharing and exploring approaches and solutions to challenges of inclusive agribusiness in Southeast Asia. The Roundtable brought together more than 100 key practitioners in the community of practice on inclusive agribusiness — half from the private sector and the rest from farmers’ group, government, academe, civil society/NGOs, and international/regional development organizations.
As many higher education institutions (HEI) intensify their efforts towards internationalization, competition to get the best and the brightest become stronger. However, apart from providing quality global education, HEIs need to make sure that the graduates become employable after completion of their study program.
In sync with initiatives for ASEAN integration starting in 2015, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) has spearheaded a series of meetings toward internationalization and harmonization of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Southeast Asia. The first of these meetings took place on 24-26 August 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand among High Officials, which announced a drive to expand collaboration on internationalization and harmonization of TVET in the region by identifying practical mechanisms and comprehensive action plans among priority industry sectors, namely: 1) hospitality and tourism; 2) electronics, mechatronics, manufacturing, and applied chemistry; 3) agriculture and fisheries; 4) construction/civil engineering; and 5) commerce (banking).
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented two umbrella programs for attaining inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia during APEC’s Symposium/Workshop on Planning a Collaborative Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Program on Climate Change on 16-17 September 2015 at the Manila Peninsula, Makati City. The symposium is hosted by the DA System Wide Climate Change Office (DAWSCCO) and DA-BAR with the support from DA’s Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA Project 1) being implemented by SEARCA and UPLBFI.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – H.E. Myint Hlaing, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation of Myanmar, acknowledged and thanked the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for its efforts to develop human resources in Myanmar's fledgling agriculture sector anchored primarily on rice.
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