Makati City - Fourteen Southeast Asian nationals received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship grants through SEARCA to pursue their graduate studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for academic year 2016/2017. The DAAD Handover Ceremony was held on 21 November 2016 at the German Club, Makati City. The Ambassador-designate, Dr. Gordon Kricke, handed over the grants during the ceremony. The Ambassador was very pleased to hear the research plans of the grantees, as these were deemed to contribute to the development of their respective countries.
The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) held its 29th Executive Board Meeting on 9-10 November 2016 at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Updates to the UC's various programs including the various grants, the Summer School, the Graduate Forum, the collaborative researches on the Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia (FANSSEA), the recently approved ERASMUS+ funded project on the establishment of the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC), the application of University of Brawijaya to be a member of the UC, and the possible collaborations between the UC and the French institute AGREENIUM were discussed during the meeting.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) hosted the first workshop to establish the Joint Master’s Degree program in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on 7-8 November 2016.
SEARCA, in partnership with the French Institute for Agricultural, Forestry, and Veterinary Sciences (Agreenium), a public institute, which aims to develop and implement joint education and research strategies to meet the challenges of food security and sustainable development, conducted a workshop to develop a collaborative project for Institutional Development Assistance (IDA) on 2-4 November 2016 at the Umali Auditorium, SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Mr. Tin Htut Oo with SEARCA senior and adjunct fellows, former and current officials, and staff.
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines – As part of its Golden Anniversary Celebration, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in collaboration with the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and the Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation, Inc. (DLUF), held the 5th Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development Conferment and Lecture on 24 November 2016 at the SEARCA Headquarters.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will hold the Regional Forum on Farms, Food, and Futures: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia back-to-back with the Policy Roundtable: Rice Policies across Southeast Asia on 7 and 8 December 2016, respectively, at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Baybay, Leyte – Four IDA-partner universities from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Timor Leste visited the Visayas State University (VSU) through a study mission on 4-6 November 2016. The IDA universities were represented by Dr. Seng Mom and Mr. Pinn Thira of the Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia; Dr. Somphong Chanthavong, Mr. Phouvong Phommalangsy, and Mr. Bounthong Sengvilaykham of Savannakhet University, Lao PDR; Dr. Myo Kywe and Dr. Nyo Mar Htwe of Yezin Agricultural University, Myanmar; and Dr. Eduardo Aniceto Serrão of Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosae, Timor Leste.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) marks its 50th anniversary celebration with a series of events topped by the conferment of the Outstanding SEARCA Scholarship Alumni (OSSA) Award to its scholars, who have completed their studies and gone on to lead in their respective fields of specialization, and made significant impacts not only in their spheres of work, but also in their own country and the Southeast Asian region.
Participants of the Knowledge Sharing Workshop with SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., during the opening program
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twelve grantees of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) exchanged and synthesized the challenges, lessons learned, and way forward gleaned from their respective projects in a two-day knowledge sharing workshop held on 14-15 November 2016 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Headquarters.
Dr. Seng Mom's life and career is all about linking her university and her country to the global village. As Vice Rector for Planning and International Cooperation at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia, Dr. Seng Mom has pushed forward the University’s internationalization in various extents by forging partnerships with European and Asian institutions.