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 December 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.
|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.
|23–27 January 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.
|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.
|20-24 November 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.
|6-10 November 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.
| First leg: |
5–9 December 2022, Thailand
| Second leg: |
13-17 November 2023, Singapore
| Third leg: |
27 November to 1 December 2023, Indonesia
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.
|4-8 December 2023 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines|
Data analytics, rooted in the scientific method, is a crucial tool for extracting insights from data. It provides valuable guidance for decision-making particularly in the realms of explaining phenomena, predicting future scenarios, and prescribing solutions to problems.
Fundamentally, data analytics aims to clarify complex phenomena by examining data. Whether it is understanding consumer behavior, dissecting health trends, or analyzing market dynamics, it sheds light on the "why's" and "how's" behind observed phenomena.
Data analytics is also proficient at prediction, using historical data and advanced modeling techniques to anticipate outcomes and trends. This predictive capability aids in strategic planning, risk management, and resource allocation, enhancing decision-making.
Moreover, it supports the process of prescribing solutions. By emphasizing evidence-based decision-making, it ensures that proposed remedies are grounded in empirical data. This approach improves the effectiveness of problem-solving, from streamlining business processes to addressing complex societal issues.
Data analytics serves as an essential tool for individuals, organizations, and society. It empowers decision-makers to make informed choices, gain deeper insights, foresee future developments, and devise practical solutions. In the data-driven era, it remains a cornerstone of informed decision-making and problem-solving.
Data analytics has transcended its technical roots and evolved into an indispensable skill set for individuals across all fields and expertise levels. The ability to harness data for decision-making is not limited to technical experts alone; it has become a vital competency for everyone. Informed decision-making is empowered by evidence-backed insights derived from data.
To democratize this essential skill, this training program focuses on fundamental yet practical data analytics tools accessible to all. Whether for personal choices, business strategies, academic research, or streamlined data reporting, the aim is to equip the participants with the proficiency to leverage data effectively in various contexts. This training is tailored to empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, enabling them to leverage data analytics for informed decision-making in their respective spheres.
The training course will cover the following topics:
This training is under the CHED-sponsored Leveling-up Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR) being implemented by SEARCA through its Education and Collective Learning Department-Training for Development Unit (ECLD-T4DU). Thus, participants must be faculty and staff members of member universities under the State Universities and Colleges-Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines, Inc. (SUC-ACAP, Inc.).
At the end of the training, participants are expected to produce the following:
The deadline of submission of documents is on 28 November 2023.
Click here for the list of required documents to be submitted.
All required documents must be uploaded to the application portal.
For DAF-X4HEIs, please email all documents to ,