SEARCA will conduct a Two-Level English Training Course as part of its Institutional Development Assistance Program (IDA) in Savannakhet University (SKU) in Lao PDR. The training will cater for two sets of participants: one at the Beginner Level, and another at the Intermediate Level. The two-week training will start on 11 March 2019 and will be held at Savannakhet University. It aims to upgrade the language proficiency of SKU staff and provide them encouragement to pursue graduate studies in an international setting.
A team led by Prof. Emerita P. Cervantes will conduct the training. Prof. Cervantes is a retired Assistant Professor from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) where she also served as Head of the English Division and Coordinator of the Language Instruction Towards Excellence (LITE) Program of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Her team has also been SEARCA's Technical Service Provider for the Basic English Course for SEARCA's incoming scholars since 2016.
The Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD) of SEARCA manages its IDA program, which intends to empower and equip strategically located universities with the necessary resources to cater to the demands for human resources required, to boost economic development in the region. SEARCA recognizes that different institutions have different systems, structures, and resources so that designs and interventions for IDA vary according to the specific needs of its partner beneficiaries. Aside from SKU, IDA partner universities in the region include the Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia, Yezin Agricultural University in Myanmar, the National University of Timor-Leste, and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry in Vietnam. (Zacyl R. Jalotjot)