Third Executive Forum on Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA)


A program for higher education administrators in agriculture


Program Background and Rationale

3rd_leap_sea_qfactsThe Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA) is the enhanced version of SEARCA’s Advanced Higher Education Administrator Development Course (AHEAD), which ran from 1993 to 2003. AHEAD had almost a thousand executives and potential executives of higher education institutions as training alumni. AHEAD was undertaken so that Southeast Asian higher education administrators would not lag behind their counterpart institutions in other areas of the world.

SEARCA piloted LEAP SEA in May 2009 in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), SEAMEO Regional Center for Higher Education (RIHED), University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Asian Association of Agriculture Colleges and Universities (AAACU), and SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES). The second offering of the LEAP SEA executive forum took place in Bogor, Indonesia in July 2010, with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) as co-organizer and host. A total of 36 higher education administrators from Southeast Asian countries participated in both LEAP SEA fora.

LEAP SEA recognizes that the greater proportion of executives of higher education institutions in the region, having had ample experience in academic administration, actually just need updated information about the management of higher education in agriculture. On the other hand, academic administration periodically takes a change in hands, as younger faculty members gain experience and academic credentials and are appointed to such executive positions. Also, the amount of new information that academic administrators, particularly of colleges and universities, may need to know increases rapidly ver time.

Change and diversity sum up higher education in Southeast Asia. Over the years, the massification of higher education occurred resulting in an increase in the number of institutions offering higher education not only in Southeast Asia but everywhere. Along with the increasing number of institutions is a question on the quality of higher education offered.

To respond to this situation, there is a need to adopt appropriate approaches such as using a learning platform of exchange and experience-based action case studies that provide an avenue for innovation while making a scholarly contribution.


Program Objectives

The program aims to:
  1. Provide a learning forum where significant new knowledge about leadership in and management of higher education, especially those in agriculture, may flow between experts and senior or mid-level executives of higher education institutions in the SEAMEO member countries;
  2. Provide an opportunity for academic executives to reflect on their common contemporary challenges and suggest appropriate solutions in higher education leadership/management in Southeast Asia; and
  3. Invite writing of LEAP SEA cases as knowledge and learning resources appropriate for Southeast Asia.


Program Description

The major learning event of the program is a five-day face-to-face executive seminar-workshop where participants will discuss advances in higher education leadership in the context of contemporary challenges in the Southeast Asian region and the world as against the contemporary challenges they face and appropriate solutions tried. In this seminar-workshop, they will identify and prioritize crosscutting issues that they are addressing and will address in the next few years. The seminar-workshop also includes a review of management principles and will guide participants to applying these in higher education in agriculture and forestry.

After the workshop, SEARCA would invite selected participants to write and share two-to-four-page case stories that may be packaged and shared as a single-sheet digital resource and in time compiled into a case monograph.


Expected Outputs

  1. A cadre and network of highly competent academic leaders in Southeast Asia;
  2. Case stories highlighting reflections and replicable practices on academic leadership in tertiary and postgraduate academic institutions in agriculture, forestry, and environmental studies in the context of Southeast Asian realities and challenges; and
  3. List of potential synergies among such institutions.


Program Content

The Third LEAP SEA Executive Forum will cover seven modules, as follows:

Module 1: The Environment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Agriculture in Southeast Asia (External Analysis) – challenges of the 21st century impinging on higher education institutions, and development and practices across the globe, with focus on what is relevant for Southeast Asia.

Module 2: Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities: Strategic Positioning of HEIs in Agriculture and Southeast Asia (Internal Analysis) –principles and process of strategic planning and management, pointing out the importance for each HEI to be clear on its niche or strategic positioning.

Module 3: Managing Instruction –issues and principles in managing academic programs in agriculture with innovative curricula/content, delivery approaches, organization and administration, and overall design that are highly responsive to 21st century realities of Southeast Asian HEIs.

Module 4: Managing Research and Extension – concepts and principles of managing research and extension, cognizant of the challenges faced by HEI executives in agriculture in Southeast Asia, with model cases or practices.

Module 5: Managing Change and Conflict in HEIs in Agriculture – change management concepts and principles, with specific cases.

Module 6: Generating and Managing Resources in HEIs in Agriculture – exceptional case on resource generation and management in higher education in agriculture

Module 7: Academic Leadership Principles and Practices – managerial leadership principles and practices appropriate in an academic context


Executive Forum Duration and Venue

5-9 March 2012 (5 days) | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Executive Forum Fee

  • The forum fee is US$540 per participant, which covers forum materials, meals during the duration of the forum, accommodation, local insurance, and airport transfers. Live-out rate is US$395. Subsidized rates are available upon request.
  • All other expenses associated with the forum (international air travel, visa, airport terminal fees, and other personal expenses) are at the participants’ own expense.

NOTE: Limited training support is open only to qualified nationals of SEAMEO member countries (i.e., Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam).



The deadline for application with limited training support is 31 January 2012. Deadline for registration of all other applicants is 24 February 2012. For the application form, please [rokdownload menuitem="119" downloaditem="498" direct_download="true"]click here[/rokdownload].


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