Leveling-Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR)

The LevelUPHEI AFAR project of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in collaboration with the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), is funded by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

It aims to level up Philippine higher education institutions in agriculture, fisheries, and natural resources (AFNR) towards enhanced relevance and competitiveness in the 21st century. The project includes mentoring and nurturing members of the State Universities and Colleges Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines, Inc. (SUC ACAP) and improve their standings in the world university rankings.

The first half of the Short-term Training Programs component of LevelUPHEI AFAR was successfully implemented with five virtual offerings between October 2021 to May 2022. The next leg of the project will implement these five training programs on face-to-face modality, starting November 2022 until June 2023.

SUC-ACAP members, through the LevelUPHEI AFAR project, may participate in the Short-term Training Programs and Learning Events listed below. All events under this project are by invitation only.

Blended offering

Online sessions:
3 November to 9 December 2022 (every Thursday except last day as Friday)
Virtual alumni sharing session:
13 December 2022
Face-to-face sessions:
11–13 January 2023 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Online coaching calls:
After the face-to-face sessions

The program aims to raise the standard of Philippine HEIs and drive them towards enhanced relevance and competitiveness in the 21st century. It intends to engage participants in building their leadership and management capacities within the context of global challenges for needed better outcomes with respect to stronger academe-industry-government connectivity and curricular innovations that are in step with current needs and challenges of HEIs. The overarching theme would be "Designing Your University's Future" by envisioning the Desired Future, exploring the delivery of education to achieve Applicable Educational Outcomes, supported by Required Enablers in form of People (Self – Leadership and External Stakeholders).

This event will be co-organized and implemented with The HEAD Foundation (THF) in Singapore.

Selection Criteria:

  • Administrators, middle and senior managers, and academic leaders of SUC-ACAP member institutions who are at least master's degree holders, are newly appointed leaders, or are poised for leadership positions in the near future, and spend half of their time in administrative/managerial work;
  • With regular full-time appointment on active status (not on leave), as certified by the Director of Human Resource and Development of the sending institution and likely to continue serving in the institution for two more years or longer;
  • Clearly expressed willingness to participate actively in the full training program, including commitment support from direct superior;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (all sessions will be conducted in English);
  • Endorsed by the University President; and
  • Has a prepared draft Re-entry Action Plan (REAP).

Training Course on Research Designs and Methods for HEIs in the Philippines (Research4HEIs)

Blended offering

Online sessions:
16–27 January 2023
Face-to-face sessions:
30 January to 3 February 2023 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

This training-workshop will cover quantitative and qualitative research designs including the appropriate tools and procedures to analyze data generated from them. At the end of the training-workshop, the participants are expected to develop a framework for their research with a focus on their objectives/hypotheses with a keen knowledge of the situations/conditions under which they are to conduct their research.

Selection Criteria:

  • Junior faculty members or researchers of SUC-ACAP member institutions with demonstrated ability to conduct independent research (with complete data to work with) and has general understanding of statistical methods and experienced in using statistical computer packages;
  • With regular full-time appointment on active status (not on leave), as certified by the Director of Human Resource and Development of the sending institution and likely to continue serving in the institution for two more years or longer;
  • Clearly expressed willingness to participate actively in the full training program, including commitment support from direct superior;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (all sessions will be conducted in English);
  • Endorsed by the University President;
  • Has a prepared draft Re-entry Action Plan (REAP); and
  • Has a research draft or concept note that will be used as a material to be improved by the grantee-participant during the training-workshop.

Training-Workshop on Developing Fundable Research Project Proposals for Transformational Agricultural and Rural Development for Higher Education Institutions (FundableProp4HEIs)

Face-to-face sessions

20–24 February 2023 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

This learning event aims to improve the knowledge and skills of the participants in planning, designing, and packaging fundable project proposals. Using adaptive cycle management, it will focus on three major phases of project development and management, namely: (1) development; (2) planning, designing, and proposal packaging; and (3) results-based project management of fundable research projects.

Selection Criteria:

  • Junior faculty members or researchers of SUC-ACAP member institutions with sufficient relevant experience and knowledge to understand training content and benefit from the training as much as possible;
  • With regular full-time appointment on active status (not on leave), as certified by the Director of Human Resource and Development of the sending institution and likely to continue serving in the institution for two more years or longer;
  • Clearly expressed willingness to participate actively in the full training program, including commitment support from direct superior;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (all sessions will be conducted in English);
  • Endorsed by the University President;
  • Has a prepared draft Re-entry Action Plan (REAP); and
  • Has a draft research proposal that will be used as a material to be improved by the grantee-participant during the training-workshop.

Strategic Communication Planning Workshop: Enhancing Communication Skills for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (StratCom4HEIs)

Face-to-face sessions

13–17 March 2023 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

This training-workshop primarily aims to enable academic leaders and researchers in higher education institutions in the Philippines to formulate a strategic communication plan for a particular project they are engaged in. In addition, this training aims to enhance the communication skills of participants, most especially in the design and development of appropriate communication materials.

Selection Criteria:

  • Junior faculty members or researchers of SUC-ACAP member institutions with demonstrated ability to conduct independent research (with complete data set to work for publishable paper);
  • With regular full-time appointment on active status (not on leave), as certified by the Director of Human Resource and Development of the sending institution and likely to continue serving in the institution for two more years or longer;
  • Clearly expressed willingness to participate actively in the full training program, including commitment support from direct superior;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (all sessions will be conducted in English);
  • Endorsed by the University President; and
  • Has a prepared draft Re-entry Action Plan (REAP).

Training on Scientific Writing and Presentation for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (SciWriting4HEIs)

Face-to-face sessions

10–14 April 2023 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

This training aims to develop participants' skills in disseminating their research through publications and oral presentations. It is designed for participants who have previous experience with academic research.

Selection Criteria:

  • Junior faculty members or researchers of SUC-ACAP member institutions with demonstrated ability to conduct independent research (with complete data set to work for publishable paper);
  • With regular full-time appointment on active status (not on leave), as certified by the Director of Human Resource and Development of the sending institution and likely to continue serving in the institution for two more years or longer;
  • Clearly expressed willingness to participate actively in the full training program, including commitment support from direct superior;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (all sessions will be conducted in English);
  • Endorsed by the University President;
  • Has a prepared draft Re-entry Action Plan (REAP); and
  • Has a research article draft that will be used as a material to be improved by the grantee-participant during the training-workshop.

Cross Visits to HEIs in SEAMEO Member Countries

Offering

First leg:
5–9 December 2022, Thailand
Second leg:
20–24 March 2023, Singapore (TBC)

Visits to leading higher education institutions (HEIs) in SEAMEO member countries to equip participants with enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes on R&D and leadership and management, within the context of global challenges to HEIs (e.g., lack of funding for research and development activities). Specifically, these visits aim to: (1) provide participants with first-hand experiences in improving their pedagogical skills; (2) equip them to think laterally to develop innovative and entrepreneurial strategies; and (3) learn from 'model universities' best practices in terms of governance structure and quality assurance systems.

Selection Criteria:

  • Administrators, middle and senior managers, academic leaders, and junior faculty members of SUC-ACAP member institutions who are at least master's degree holders;
  • With regular full-time appointment on active status (not on leave), as certified by the Director of Human Resource and Development of the sending institution and likely to continue serving in the institution for two more years or longer;
  • Clearly expressed willingness to participate actively in the full training program, including commitment support from direct superior;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English (all sessions will be conducted in English);
  • Endorsed by the University President; and
  • Has a prepared draft Re-entry Action Plan (REAP).

General application requirements for the LevelUPHEI AFAR Short-term Training Programs:

  1. Updated curriculum vitae and contact details (email and mobile number)
  2. Valid government ID
  3. Fully accomplished CHED Nomination Form
  4. Re-entry Action Plan
  5. Fully signed Statement of Commitment in attending the training programs.

*CHED Nomination Form and Re-entry Action Plan template will be provided and coursed through SUC-ACAP members' Heads of Institutions.

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