Source: BusinessMirror19 Sep 2017President Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 10391, or the "Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act", last month. The law allows students in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges and state-run technical-vocational schools to enjoy free tuition. RA 10391 also provides that public tertiary and vocational...Read more
Source: Food Evolution19 Sep 2017Despite efforts of the government to keep Filipinos well-fed, at least 3.1 million Filipino families still experienced involuntary hunger at least once during the last quarter of last year.
The question is, how do we move on from here? Right now, an international food agency has offered an unsolicited answer and it involves adopting a Chinese...Read more
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES. The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines presented a proposal to document Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of Community-based Forest Management (CBFM)-People's Organizations (POs) during a meeting on 15 September 2017. The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund...Read more
Source: The Philippine Star19 Sep 2017MANILA, Philippines — The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is calling on the Philippine government to implement a "structural transformation" in the agriculture sector in order to allow a more progressive rural economy in the country.
The international food agency said the government should transform structures by pouring in...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit prepared a Project Development Toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issues on food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. The toolkit...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror18 Sep 2017A $2.5-million project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (SEARCA) will look at ways to enable small farmers from the Philippines and other ASEAN countries to increase their agricultural exports.
Dubbed as the "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration (ATMI)", SEARCA partnered with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for...Read more
Source: Manila Bulletin18 Sep 2017International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), will put in millions of funds in order to assist small Filipino farmers raise their exports as well as deal with the huge trade imbalance between the Philippines and other rich countries.
A statement...Read more
Source: Business Diary Philippines18 Sep 2017A $2.5 million IFAD-funded project looks at ways for small farmers to help raise export so as to cut Philippines' and ASEAN's heavy import dependence that just benefits rich countries like Australia.
A project of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Fund for...Read more
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EXPERTS partner universities in Finland and China forge agreement
As the world slowly evolves into one global village, more and more people see the benefits of an internationalized environment. Studying abroad not just benefits a student on the academic perspective, it helps build a person’s character, confidence and improves his or her personal and professional networks.
Aside from attracting international students to study full-time in their institutions, many universities, likewise offer student exchange programs which enable students to pursue a portion of their study program at one of their institution’s partner university. The popularity of student mobilities is proven by the sharp increase in the number of academic institutions offering student exchange program in the previous years. However, institutional agreements must be well-laid out at the beginning for such student mobilities to be successful.
On 24 October 2012, the USTC delegation led by Dr. Chen Chusheng, vice-president for academics with Prof. Li Bei, deputy dean of the Division for Undergraduate Teaching and Mr. Zhou Zhengkai, Deputy Director of International Office met with the University of Turku’s International Affairs Office, headed by Mrs. Irinja Paakkanen. It was in that meeting that both institutions agreed to forge a bilateral agreement that will formalize the implementation of the student exchange program, to help enhance the quality of education offered by the two universities.
The University of Turku boasts of its highly international environment and offers academic education based on high quality and often multidisciplinary research. It offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Science, Education and Turku School of Economics. The University is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of prestigious universities in Europe.
Meanwhile, USTC is one of the premier universities in China noted for its advanced science and technology program, unique management studies and well-tailored disciplines in humanities. It is considered a pioneer in Chinese graduate education, as it was the first institution authorized by the State Council to award post-graduate degrees.
Left-Right: Mr. Zhou Zhengkai, Dr. Chen Chusheng, Vice-president for Academic, Vice Rector Professor Tapio Reponen, International Officer Liisa Aho and Prof. Li Bei.
Professor Li Bei, Dr. Chen Chusheng, Vice-president for Academic and Mr. Zhou Zhengkai from the International Office