BANGKOK, Thailand – Representatives of the nine SEARCA alumni association country chapters converged at Kasetsart University to push for more collaborative projects for the Regional SEARCA Fellows Association (RSFA). KU’s Faculty of Forestry played host to the said event held on 1-2 February 2016, which was conducted by RSFA in collaboration with the Thai SEARCA Fellows Association (TSFA). Dr. Cecil N. Gascon and Dr. Monton Jamroenpruksa, Presidents of RSFA and TSFA, respectively, led the 2-day meeting.
3-5 May 2016 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, PhilippinesBACKGROUNDThe Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) champions inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia in its Tenth Five-year Plan (10th FYP) from 2014 to 2019. Its current thrust on ISARD aligns with the post-Millennium sustainable development goals of the United Nations aimed at eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, as the greatest global challenge of this age – recognizing that poverty is predominantly an agricultural and rural phenomenon.
ISARD presupposes that research findings and new knowledge should be used to solve real problems rooted in poverty, hunger, and unemployment that bear upon people. Given the advances in agricultural and rural development (ARD) research, solutions abound and call for smart approaches that connect relevant science, systems, sectors, and governance to the heart of the issues facing ARD communities.
One of SEARCA’s initiatives in advancing ISARD is its centerpiece Piloting and Upscaling of Effective ISARD Models/ Agricultural Systems in Southeast Asia, with the establishment of the project in two pilot sites in the Philippines in 2015. The project capitalizes on strong links with institutional partners in academe, government, civil society, and the private sector. It will showcase need-based and integrated interventions including productivity-enhancing and environment-friendly technologies and practices and other critical elements of people-centered development.
This three-day forum-workshop will enable focal persons in this project, together with other key ARD actors in Southeast Asia, to draw insights from emerging practices in innovation platforms (IP), rural advisory services (RAS), and knowledge management (KM) toward ISARD. It is hoped that the forum-workshop would distill fresh approaches to inform and add value not just to SEARCA’s ISARD pilot projects, but also to national and local ARD programs in Southeast Asian countries to be represented in the event.
Limited support will be made available for selected participants from the Philippines who are leading SEARCA ISARD pilot projects; and for nominated participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Timor Leste. Other participants from other Southeast Asian countries and outside the region will be welcome to participate on a cost-sharing arrangement with their own sponsors.
OBJECTIVESThe forum-workshop aims to enable participants to:Assess how innovation platforms, rural advisory services, and knowledge management provide pathways toward ISARD;
Strategically integrate innovation platforms, improved rural advisory services, and knowledge management in their R&D programs and projects in agricultural and rural development; and
Draw up next steps and requirements for capacity-building, pilot-testing/practice learning, and networking to advance ISARD in Southeast Asia via innovation platforms, rural advisory services, and knowledge management.
PARTICIPANTSProspective participants of this forum-workshop will include key ISARD pilot project team representatives, research and extension managers and leaders, and KM and communication managers in ministries of agriculture, agriculture universities, civil society, and local governments in Southeast Asia.
SCOPEAgricultural innovations system and ISARD in Southeast Asia
Rural advisory services
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Ms. Nova A. RamosProgram Specialist Training UnitKnowledge Management DepartmentTel: +63-49 536 2365 to 67, local 125/417Fax: +63-49 536 2283Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
29 Feb - 4 Mar 2016 | Kampot, CambodiaBACKGROUND AND RATIONALEThe Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) envisions that Southeast Asian higher education, particularly in the field of agriculture, would be at par with counterpart institutions in other areas of the world. To achieve this, SEARCA offered the Advanced Higher Education Administrator Development (AHEAD) Course from 1993 to 2003 that benefited 958 executives and potential executives of higher education institutions offering agricultural programs in the Southeast Asian region. This course was further enhanced in 2009 to develop excellent leaders who could strategically develop their academic programs in agriculture and related fields to compete with other higher education programs that are becoming popular and demanded in the world market. This issue has become a great concern for higher education institutions in the world, more so in Southeast Asia. This is due to increasing demand for other courses, leaving behind the course offerings in agriculture. The Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA) was offered by SEARCA from 2009 to 2015 to address this challenge. A total of 99 higher education administrators in Southeast Asia took part in the LEAP SEA.
In the course of its offering, SEARCA recognized some limitations that need to be addressed. First, it would be best to address specific country requirements for enhancing policy structures, development frameworks and performance indicators that would suit the Higher Education Commission requirements of a particular country in Southeast Asia.
Also, bringing in participants from all over Southeast Asia to the training program is costly to the participating institutions, which inhibits attendance of intended clients. Hence, it would help to offer the Leadership Excellence in Academe Program tailored to the specific needs of a country so that its higher education institutions could address national issues affecting how agriculture ensures food and nutrition security. At the same time, agriculture universities could aim to participate in the ASEAN International Mobility of Students (AIMS) and seek recognition in ASEAN University Rankings in order to be rated at par with other universities in ASEAN.
The higher education system in Cambodia has changed greatly over the past years as the number of private universities have grown considerably. The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS) of Cambodia believes that the management of higher education in the country remains difficult and needs to be clarified and strengthened across several key dimensions, including the strengthening of institutional and organizational capacity. It is most urgent, however, to improve human capacity in the sub-sector in order to cope with the rapid expansion of the last decade and to anticipate what will be required to manage it in the years ahead.
It is in this context that the MoEYS, through its Higher Education Quality and Capacity Improvement Project (HEQCIP), and the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), are collaborating with SEARCA to organize LEAP Cambodia.
LEAP Cambodia aims to engage participants from within the country to provide better opportunity for sharing policies, frameworks, and good practices towards attaining competitiveness in their identified strategic niche.
OBJECTIVESIn the light of the above realities of academic executives of higher education institutions offering agriculture and related fields in Cambodia, the LEAP seminar-workshop aims to:Provide a learning forum where significant new knowledge as well as wisdom about leadership in and management of higher education, especially those in agriculture, may flow between experts or seasoned administrators and senior or mid-level executives of higher education institutions within Cambodia and the invited experts from SEAMEO member countries;
Provide an opportunity for executives in Cambodian higher education institutions in agriculture to reflect on their common contemporary challenges and suggest appropriate solutions in higher education leadership and management; and
Come up with a strategic agenda to enhance offering of agriculture and related programs in Cambodia to address the challenge of mismatch between the needs of the labor market in terms of skills, critical thinking ability and knowledge and the universities’ graduates. PARTICIPANTS20-45 University/College Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Campus Administrators and Directors (particularly those in their first year or first term of administration of higher education institutions in agriculture, forestry, and environmental studies in Cambodia
EXPECTED OUTPUTParticipants will prepare memoranda to their subordinates and/or supervisors outlining their action points embodying their take-home lessons from the workshop.
DESCRIPTIONThe major learning event of the program is a five-day face-to-face executive seminar-workshop where participants will discuss the value of higher education leadership in the context of contemporary challenges in Cambodia and Mekong Subregion, within the wider context of Southeast Asia and the world, and appropriate solutions tried. In this seminar-workshop, participants will identify and prioritize crosscutting issues that they are addressing and will address in the next few years, in particular, the mismatch between the needs of the labor market in terms of skills, critical thinking ability and knowledge and the universities’ graduates. This will require engaging participants in a lecture–workshop on developing a curriculum that will address the need of providing relevant and quality education to the students.
The seminar-workshop will also include inputs on environmental scanning, both external and internal, strategic planning, strategic school management with a review of management and leadership principles and its application in higher education in agriculture and forestry. Inputs will also be given on the management of research and extension programs of a university / technical institutes; and effective resource generation strategies to address the need for establishing high-end facilities and learning resources to carry out collaborative learning and research projects among Cambodian institutions. In essence, the program will address the identified thrusts of HEQCIP, MoEYS on institutional leadership, instructional leadership, curriculum and instruction, research, and technology transfer.
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Dr. Maria Celeste H. CadizProgram HeadKnowledge Management DepartmentTel.: +63 49 536 2365 to 67, local 173/417Fax: +63 49 536 2283Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Nova A. RamosProgram SpecialistTraining Unit-Knowledge Management DepartmentTel.: +63 49 536 2365 to 67, local 125/417Fax: +63 49 536 2283Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Bunlay NithDeputy Director General for Higher EducationTel.: (+855)12 583 856Email: email@example.com
Dr. Mom SengVice RectorTel.: (+855) 23 219 753Mobile: (+855) 12 334 715Fax: (+855) 23 219690Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Participatory Action Research on School- and Community-Based Food and Nutrition Program for Literacy, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development
JOB SUMMARY: Assist in coordinating the various project activities based on the approved workplan; document all outputs and proceedings of the project activities; assist in the preparation of all necessary reports; assist in monitoring and evaluation of the project; and perform other related tasks that may be required.
VICTORIA, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), and the local government of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro sealed their commitment to help revitalize Victoria’s calamansi industry by signing memorandum of agreement (MOA) on 2 February 2016. In line with SEARCA’S Piloting and Up-scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) program, the project titled, “Revitalizing Calamansi Industry in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro through Strengthening Linkages among Farmers, LGU, NGAs, SUCs, CSOs, and the Private Sector” will bejointly implemented by the three partner institutions for three years. The project aims to enhance the capacity of calamansi farmers in Victoria, MinSCAT, and the municipal LGU in effective agricultural systems that demonstrate increased benefit for the poor and vulnerable groups through an integrated ground-level development intervention.
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
Three SEARCA officials were among the recipients of University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association (UPLBAA) awarded at the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011 at the EB Copeland Gymnasium, UPLB.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (second from right) and Mr. Gil Antonio C. Saguiguit III (rightmost) accept the 3 Generation Award given by the UPLBAA during the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, together with his late father, Dr. Gil F. Saguiguit, former SEARCA founding Deputy Director, and his son, Mr. Gil Antonio C. Saguiguit III, are members of the Saguiguit family who were given the 3 Generations Award. Dr. Saguiguit, Sr. graduated from UPLB in 1947 with a BS in Agriculture (BSA), while Dr. Saguiguit, Jr. completed his BSA in 1974 and MS in Agricultural Economics in 1977. Mr. Saguiguit III obtained his BS in Agricultural Economics in 2011.
Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba. (second from right) receives the Outstanding Alumnus award conferred by the UPLBAA during the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011.
Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba (BSA 1971), Deputy Director for Administration, was named Outstanding UPLB Alumnus (Research and Community Service).
The UPLB Chancellor and Country Representative of the Philippines to and Chair of the SEARCA Governing Board, Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco (BSA 1978, MS 1982), was given the UPLB Distinguished Alumni (University Administration).
Other UPLBAA awardees were three SEARCA graduate alumni namely: Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, President, Maejo University, Thailand; and Dr. Samakkee Boonyawat, Associate Professor at the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Forestry, in Kasetsart University, Thailand; and Dr. Carmencita Kagaoan, Head, Institutional Development Division, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Philippines (see related story). (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)