Sixth 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

2014-leadership-excellence-in-academe-program-for-southeast-asia-leap-sea-6-infoFrom 1993 to 2003, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted the Advanced Higher Education Administrator Development (AHEAD) Course for 937 executives and potential executives of higher education institutions, most of which were offering agricultural programs in the Southeast Asian region. Aptly named, AHEAD was undertaken so that Southeast Asian higher education administrators would not lag behind their counterpart institutions in other areas of the world.

In May 2009, SEARCA piloted the enhanced version of the AHEAD program, called Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA), in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Management, 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 (SEAMEO BIOTROP) as co-organizer and host. Its third run took place in March 2012 at SEARCA. The fourth LEAP SEA was co-organized with and implemented at Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 21-25 January 2013. The fifth offering of the forum was co-organized and implemented with Universitas Brawijaya in Malang, Indonesia on 20-24 January 2014.

Fourteen higher education administrators from five Southeast Asian countries participated in the LEAP SEA pilot executive forum; 22 from seven countries participated in the second offering; 17 from seven countries participated in the third offering; 14 participants plus 2 observers from seven countries participated in the fourth offering; and 12 participants from six countries participated in the fifth offering. The sixth LEAP SEA offering will also be a regional forum. It will accommodate 20 to 25 participants from SEAMEO member countries.

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 administrations periodically take 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 over time.


Intended Participants

LEAP SEA is offered to leaders, particularly those in their first year or first term of administration, of tertiary and post-graduate academic institutions in agriculture, forestry, or environmental studies in Southeast Asian countries.


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.
  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.


Expected Outputs

  1. A cadre and network of highly competent academic leaders in Southeast Asia;
  2. Potential synergies among such institutions.


Program Content

The Sixth LEAP SEA Executive Forum will cover the following modules:

Module 1: The Environment of Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture in Southeast Asia (Analysis of External Factors – 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 (Analysis of Issues Internal to Higher Education Circles) – 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

26-30 January 2015 (5 days) | University of Battambang, Cambodia


Executive Forum Fee

  • The forum fee is US$681 per participant, which covers forum materials, meals during the duration of the forum, accommodation (twin-sharing[1]), and airport transfers. Live-out rate is US$447.00. Subsidized rates are available upon request.
  • All other expenses associated with the forum (international air travel, visa, airport terminal fees, travel/health insurance, 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 18 December 2014. Deadline for registration of all other applicants is 6 January 2015.

For the application form for fee-paying participants, please click here.

For training grant applicants, please click on the application form and nomination form.


Additional Information


[1] Participants who wish to have single accommodation will add US$105.00 (US$17.50/night) to the course fee.