DAAD’s partnership with SEARCA started in school year 1975-1976 by providing support for the Center’s graduate scholarship leading to Masters and PhD degrees in agriculture.
The first 15 beneficiaries of the DAAD support were graduate students from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Ten scholarship recipients were pursuing their Master’s degree, while five their PhD.
To date, the DAAD scholarship has been awarded to 18 Cambodians, 76 Indonesians, 8 Laotians, 7 Malaysians, 22 Myanmar nationals, 82 Filipinos, 81 Thais, 25 Timorese, and 36 Vietnamese, or a total of 355 Southeast Asians (179 MS, 170 PhD, 6 Academic bridging program).
As of 30 June 2014, 328 of these scholars have graduated and become DAAD-SEARCA alumni. Of these alumni, at least 23 occupy top-level positions in their home countries.
[In academic year 2014/2015], there are 21 ongoing DAAD-SEARCA scholars studying at Institut Pertanian Bogor in Indonesia (2); Kasetsart University in Thailand (1); Universiti Putra Malaysia (2); and University of the Philippines Los Baños (16).
Number of DAAD-SEARCA Alumni and Continuing Scholars (as of 30 September 2014)
Percentage Distribution of DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship Grants (as of 30 June 2014)