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2.47M euros earmarked for EU capacity-building project for South, Southeast Asia
Twenty-five representatives of 19 higher education institutions in Europe and Asia came away in high spirits at the end of a two-day EXPERTS Project Kick-off Meeting held on 4-5 October 2010 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
EXPERTS (short for Exchange by Promoting Quality Education, Research, and Training in South and Southeast Asia) is a European Union (EU)-funded project that aims to enhance the capacity for international cooperation among its participating countries in South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) and to exchange knowledge and ideas among the Asian and European partners. The EU (through Erasmus Mundus) has earmarked 2.4M euros, covering 126 scholarship and exchange grants for nationals of SSEA.
The Kick-off Meeting refined the EXPERTS project details such as the workplan, consortium agreement, breakdown of grants, application rules and selection criteria, and timetable and deadlines. The 25 meeting participants were from Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, and SEARCA.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, said, “The EXPERTS Project fits nicely and mirrors the way our Center (SEARCA) does things. We rely a lot on partnerships and linkages with different types of institutions and consortia. With these linkages centered on common interests and concerns, come very lively exchanges allowing not only the sharing of resources but of expertise, as well. This is articulated through collaborative projects in education, capacity building through short-term training, and research, which are coincidentally the exact same areas reflected in the EXPERTS Project acronym.”
EXPERTS is also intended to promote the European higher education system in SSEA countries, enhance the attractiveness of European higher education system in the region, and increase the compatibility of higher education systems in Europe and Asia.
It will establish a framework for capacity development of junior faculty staff, undergraduates, postgraduates, and postdoctoral researchers through skills training and upgrading in the fields of engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, environmental studies, business-management, and social sciences.
Under the project, a total of 126 grants are planned with the following breakdown: 26 undergraduates, 34 master’s, 15 post-doctoral, 25 PhD, and 26 staff visits. Of these, half are dedicated to academic staff of selected universities and half to personnel involved in management and administration, particularly in international relations. Of the 126 grants, 27 are earmarked for Southeast Asia (i.e., Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand); the rest are for South Asian participants. Through these grants, the project’s beneficiaries are expected to have broadened opportunities and academic experience.
The project’s target groups are:
Target Group 1: Undergraduate, master’s, PhD, and postdoctoral candidates and academic and administrative staff must be registered at their home university (partner universities) at the time of application. Undergraduate applicants must have already completed one year of studies at their home institution.
Target Group 2: MS and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows of non-partner universities from Asia who are oriented on the topic of the EXPERTS project in research and cooperation. Graduates from partner universities will also be considered for the grant.
Target Group 3: Undergraduate and PhD students belonging to minority groups who provide proposals that increase cooperation and research through innovation in the regions.
The priority fields of studies are agricultural sciences; architecture, urban and regional planning; business studies and management sciences; education/teacher training; engineering and technology; geography and geology; law; medical sciences; natural sciences; and social sciences, among others.
The EXPERTS project is likewise expected to encourage collaborative research initiatives as well as joint degree programs between any of the EU and SSEA institutions.
EXPERTS covers seven EU institutions and 13 SSEA universities. The ones in Southeast Asia are Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Indonesia, Visayas State University (VSU) in the Philippines, and Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand. The project is primarily implemented by University of Göttingen in Germany. SEARCA is one of the four associate partners of EXPERTS. The associate partners will support the exchanges between the EU and SSEA participating universities.
Dr. Saguiguit furthered, “It is our hope that through this worthwhile Project, SEARCA and all the participating institutions will find new avenues to carry out our respective mandates, thereby allowing us to expand our reach in terms of academic cooperation, development efforts and even cultural exchange.”
As a regional capacity-building organization focused on agricultural and rural development, SEARCA has been providing graduate scholarships and related grants since 1968 to Southeast Asians. To date, SEARCA has awarded 1,296 scholarship grants. (Maria Angela F. Abad)