Dr. Cecilia N. Gascon (PhD Forestry, UPLB 1995-1998) was voted by the Bulacan State University (BulSU) Board of Regents as its new chief executive officer starting 1 September 2015. The oath-taking ceremony, administered by Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Chair, took place at the Central Office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on 11 August 2015, after the BOR elections.
Dr. Rolando A. Delorino (MS Environmental Studies, UPLB 1986-1988) was appointed by the Philippines Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as the 6th President of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP). Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Chair, administered the oath in August 2015, after the Governing Board members of UEP voted unanimously in favor of Dr. Delorino. Within his term as President, Dr. Delorino aims to “enhance the relevance of UEP’s academic, research and extension programs in the light of national development thrusts and international standards; strengthen the University’s resource generation capacity in order to provide sustained support for the viable implementation of new and existing academic, research and extension programs, systems, procedures, and resources, in keeping with national thrusts on moral ascendancy; and broaden access to the University’s quality programs and services by the students, especially the poor but academically deserving, and the community.”
Another SEARCA alumnus has been appointed as a university chief executive in Indonesia. Prof. Dr. M. Maksum Mahfoedz (PhD and MS Agricultural Engineering, 1985-1989, 1982-1985) was officially sworn in as the new Rector of the University of Nahdlatul Ulama (UNU) Indonesia by General Chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Prof. Dr. KH Said Aqil Siroj on 10 July 2015. The elected rector Prof. Dr. Maksum said he envisions UNU Indonesia to become an outstanding university and the melting pot for the academic world, Islam, nationality, and struggle. “My attitude is sami'na wa atho'na, and will manage the UNU Indonesia based on the principle of collectivity or unity by effacing the ego position," he furthered.
Following the signing of the Nagoya University (NU)-SEARCA Joint PhD Research Scholarship in Agriculture in March 2015, two Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) officials have been awarded the said scholarships to finish their PhD at the Nagoya University Satellite Campus for Bio-agricultural Sciences based at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), commissioned by the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), will conduct a “Knowledge Sharing Workshop among Members of the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Community of Practice” under the project, Capacity Development Program on Knowledge Management – Phase II on 1 to 3 September 2015 at Acuaverde Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas. A total of 30 participants, composed of (12) BAR Technical Staff, (11) Regional Information Officers from DA Regional Field Units, and (7) Information Officers from DA Bureaus and Attached Agencies, are expected to attend the training.
The Congressional Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) chaired by Hon. Roman T. Romulo of the Philippines House of Representatives has invited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to its 39th Regular Meeting held on 18 August 2015 to advise on House Resolution 589 which urges the conduct of an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the decreasing number of licensed agriculturists and students who are pursuing a career in agriculture with the end view of addressing the same in order to maintain the country’s rice sufficiency.
“What is equity and how is it different from equality? Why should we care about equity?”, Mr. Ronnakorn Triraganon, Manager, Capacity Development and Technical Services, RECOFTC- The Center for People and Forests, triggered a discussion which highlighted the importance of equity, what it is all about and how to put it into proper perspective. This took place during the 2nd ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Learning Group (LG) Workshop held in Krabi, Thailand from 17-20 August 2015.
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