SEARCA News

Eighty-five (85) faculty members from nine institutions of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) participated in the 2nd Faculty Forum with the theme Agriculture and Beyond held on 9-10 November 2020 and hosted by the National Taiwan University (NTU). The UC Faculty Forum is an annual event that aims to provide an opportunity for faculty members from UC members to develop camaraderie, encourage transdisciplinary studies, and promote greater integration of research through strategic partnerships for collaboration. This activity is also a way to further strengthen the relationship between and among the UC… Read more
Encouraging public discussion in order to improve understanding of agricultural biotechnology, SEARCA and various partner agencies held a technical forum titled, “Greener Greens: Environmental Impact of Biotech Crops” on 23 November 2020 via Zoom and Facebook Live. The virtual forum provided a platform where different stakeholders most especially students, teachers, researchers, and farmers can interact with local and international experts in order to have a better understanding of biotechnology and its potential to mitigate pressing environmental issues. More than a thousand participants (684 via Facebook Live and 403 via Zoom) from Asia, Europe, and South America attended the forum. There… Read more
The 55th founding anniversary of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), of which the Philippines is a chartered member, was jointly commemorated in a virtual event by three SEAMEO centers based in the country together with the Bangkok-based SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES) and the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippines. Founded on 30 November 1965, SEAMEO has grown from six founding member countries—the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand—to 11 current members, which include the 10 ASEAN members plus Timor-Leste. SEAMEO also has eight associate member countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, and… Read more
The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) virtually conducted its 33rd Executive Board Meeting on 24-25 November 2020 hosted by Kasetsart University (KU) of Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by representatives from its regular members, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and Universitas Brawijaya (UB). Also invited to the board meeting are UC’s associate members, Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) and National Taiwan University (NTU), and affiliate member, University of British Columbia (UBC) of Canada. The Southeast Asian… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was established in 1966 and is one of 26 specialist institutions of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). The Center is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development (ARD) in Southeast Asia through its core programs on Education and Collective Learning, Research and Thought Leadership, and Emerging Innovation for Growth. On 27 November 2020, SEARCA celebrated its 54th anniversary together with SEAMEO’s 55th Anniversary in an event held online. In his welcome remarks, Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, highlighted its mother… Read more
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will have a ceremonial signing of its latest Memorandum of Agreement on the Mentorship Program for Advanced Grants (July 2020- June 2023) and launch a call for research borne of this agreement on 26 November 2020, 1:00 p.m. (GMT +8:00) via the platform Zoom and Facebook. IFS and SEARCA share a desire to strengthen parallel efforts in building research capacities in Southeast Asia. The complex and evolving contexts in the region call for developing researchers and the next generation of… Read more
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) renewed its long-established partnership in human resource development with the granting of scholarship slots for Southeast Asians to pursue graduate studies. This scholarship programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). DAAD and SEARCA initiated its partnership in school year 1975-1976 for a graduate scholarship leading to MS and PhD degrees in agriculture. The first 15 beneficiaries of DAAD were graduate students from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. To date, DAAD and SEARCA… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, a Professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)-College of Agriculture and Food Science and Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), took his oath as Chairperson of the Technical Panel for Agriculture (TPA) under the Commission for Higher Education (CHED) on 9 November 2020 in a ceremony held online via Zoom. Commissioner Oversight Dr. Ronald L. Adamat gave his insights on the pressing issue of enticing agriculture to Filipino students as a prelude to the oath taking ceremony. He mentioned that, “it’s high time that… Read more
The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) will hold its 33rd Executive Board Meeting on 24-25 November 2020 online and it will be hosted by Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand. The UC was established in 1989 to share resources and collaborate on student and faculty exchanges among leading agricultural universities. The consortium is anticipating the virtual attendance of representatives from its regular members, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and Universitas Brawijaya (UB). Also invited to the board meeting… Read more
The Economy and Environment Group Philippines (EEG Philippines), a program of the Resource and Environmental Economics Foundation of the Philippines (REAP) Incorporated, together with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), will hold the 1st National Conference on Health, Environment and Economic Development: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (HEED the 3Rs) from 19 to 20 November 2020 via Zoom online platform. The conference aims to gather researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other representatives from disciplines of health, environment, economics, and other related fields and discuss the latest progress and developments in areas related to… Read more
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