About the Project:
Launched in July 2014, the Asia: Life Sciences, Food, Agriculture, Biology, Economics, Technology (ALFABET) is a four-year Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Project conceptualized to exchange capacities between Asian and European universities oriented to Life Sciences, Food, Agriculture, Biology, Environment and Technology. The project aims to contribute to increase the relevance, the capacities and efficiency of the higher education (HE) system in Asia by strengthening of the existing network of cooperation among universities in agriculture, food safety and security, technologies in life sciences, balanced management of the natural resources, sustainable rural development, adaptation to climate change, with a special attention to the contexts of rapid economic growth.
The Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS, Czech Republic), a reputable university focused on the agrarian sector, forestry, environment, economics and management, information technology, rural and regional development, serves as the main coordinator for the project which also include a network of 20 Asian and European Universities and 4 associate members, which include SEARCA.
Faculty and student mobilities periods covered by the project are as follows:Bachelor (undergraduate) mobility period of 5 months (one academic semester), 10 months (two academic semesters), 34 months for Target group 3 candidates
Master mobility period of 10 months (two academic semesters) and 24 months (full degree which is most often preferred by Asian students)
Doctorate mobility period of 6 months (oriented towards practical research) and 36 months (full degree which is very often preferred by Asian students)
Post-doctorate mobility period of 6 months (oriented towards practical research)
Teaching and administrative staff mobility period of 1 month (oriented mainly towards training practices, to establish the plan of further research cooperation between the universities, or to exchange experience in administrative and organizational matters)
Coordinator: Czech University of Life Sciences PragueContact persons: Petra Chaloupková, Ingrid Melnikovová, Jana Hummelová, Olga Leuner Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-coordinator: Tadulako University, IndonesiaContact person: AiyenContact e-mail: email@example.com
Asian Partners:Cambodia Royal University of AgricultureContact person: Mom SengContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Chea Sim University of KamchaymearContact person: Pin VannaroContact e-mail: email@example.com
China Nanjing Agricultural UniversityContact persons: Dr. LAN Jing, NIE Xiaoyan, Feng Shuyi Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indonesia Bogor Agricultural UniversityContact person: Anas FauziContact e-mail: email@example.com
Laos National University of LaosContact person: Silinthone SacklokhamContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malaysia The National University of MalaysiaContact person: Sarani ZakariaContact e-mail: email@example.com
Mongolia Mongolian University of Life SciencesContact person: GANCHIMEG GombodorjContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Philippines Mindanao State University at NaawanContact person: Asuncion De GuzmanContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thailand Kasetsart UniversityContact person: Sornprach Thanisawanyangkura, Poonpipope KasemsapContact e-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgPrince of Songkla UniversityContact person: Chutima TantikittiContact e-mail: email@example.com
Vietnam Hue UniversityContact person: Hoang Huu HanhContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgVietnam National University of AgricultureContact person: Le Thi Bich LienContact e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgEuropean Partners:Austria University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesContact person: Margrita Calderon Peter, Dietmar HaltrichContact e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
France SupAgro MontpellierContact person: Didier Pillot, Corinne PickettContact e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany University of GöttingenContact person: Vitali AltholzContact e-mail: Vitali.Altholz@zvw.uni-goettingen.de
Poland Warsaw University of Life SciencesContact person: Mieczyslaw Rygalski, Ewelina BeliewiczContact e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Portugal University of PortoContact person: Ana Reis, Ana PaivaContact e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Netherlands Wageningen UniversityContact person: Xueqin ZhuContact e-mail: email@example.comAssociate Partners:EU, AgrinaturaContact person: Martina Opočenská, Michael HauserContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
France, CIRADContact person: Magali DufourContact e-mail: email@example.com
Southeast Asia, SEARCAContact person: Maria Cristeta Cuaresma Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, zar@.searca.org, email@example.com
Thailand, Chiang Mai UniversityContact person: PornsiriContact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR CANDIDATES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016 IS NOW OPEN!!! To apply, visit https://www.alfabet-em.cz/application/ or create an account at https://www.alfabet-em.cz/login/
You may also visit: https://www.alfabet-em.cz/ for further information about ALFABET.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Central Luzon State University (CLSU) President Dr. Ruben Sevilleja visited SEARCA and met with Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, Deputy Director-Administration, and Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development. The meeting, held on 17 October 2014, was a spin-off of the visit of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Dr. Ruperto Sangalang (see related story) regarding the possible collaboration of SEARCA and CHED with regard to the capacity development of agricultural state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines.
JOB SUMMARY: To assist in the development of various information and database management systems and provide quarterly report on the process, progress, evaluations, suggestions, schedules, and issues related to assigned tasks.
Research and Development Generating information, knowledge, lessons, and insights that will influence policies, investments, trade, and other actions that will promote competitive agriculture, as well as inclusive and sustainable ARD. Read More
Knowledge Management Promoting a learning culture, knowledge creation, knowledge-sharing and use, with a predominant focus on the broad strategic theme of ISARD. Read More
“Agritourism is not for everyone, it’s a niche product but it has a lot of potential”, asserted Prof. Eli Paolo Fresnoza, Assistant Professor at UP’s Asian Institute of Tourism during SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 5 July 2011 at the Drilon Hall.
As a hybrid concept fusing together the elements of the tourism and agriculture industries, agritourism can be harnessed as a form of special interest tourism focusing on the unique travel experiences and activities that people can have in agricultural settings. When people travel, it is the attraction or experience that people go for; if food and beverage, accommodation and transportation are included in the package, even a farm can be a tourist destination. Prof. Fresnoza explained that agritourism is sustainable tourism as it marries the concept of enjoyment with resource management, community empowerment, cooperation, fair trade and diversification. Moreover, agritourism does not need large capital investment outlay because many existing farm sites just need to be enhanced.
In 2002, with the vision of the Philippines becoming the premier agritourism destination in Asia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with the UP Asian Institute of Tourism on a manual that identified initial agritourism sites all over the country such as the C & B Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan, Sonya’s Secret Garden in Alfonso, Cavite, Oroverde in Guimaras, and Del Monte Plantation in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. In recent years, more agritourism sites have been developed including Bohol Bee Farm in Dauis, Bohol, Dragon Fruit Farm in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and The Farm at San Benito, Batangas.
As the agritourism sector is still largely private-sector-driven, a few challenges to meeting agritourism’s potential in the Philippines include confusion on which government agency will lead the potential (Is it DOT or DA?), and limited standardization and accreditation. Prof. Fresnoza put forward a few specific recommendations to meet these challenges. These include: education and curriculum development in secondary and post-secondary schools, improvement of access to capital, technical training and accreditation and certification, setting up of an agritourism center for research, development and innovation as well as an agritourism destination marketing bureau.
“Harnessing agritourism opportunities is key to regional development”, Prof. Fresnoza reiterated. This can be done in two ways. One is the bottom-up approach, where established farms approach DOT and DA to help them market and promote the experiences they offer. The other is the top-down approach, where through training and financial grants, the two departments help farms that have potential but lack the capability to market their destinations.
DISCLAIMER: The point of view taken by this article is entirely that of the presenter's and does not reflect in any way, SEARCA’s position.