SEARCA News

MALANG, Indonesia – The fifth offering of the “Executive Forum on Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA)” took off on 20 January 2014 in the campus of the University of Brawijaya (UB) in Malang, Indonesia. The forum is co-organized by SEARCA and UB… Read more
PATTAYA, Thailand – SEARCA facilitated the project’s kick-off meeting for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-German Programme on Climate Change (GAP-CC) funded project titled, ASEAN Network on the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and other Crops on 20 January 2014 in Nong Nooch Garden Resort, Pattaya, Thailand. GAP-CC aims to support ASEAN in further advancing the implementation of regionally coordinated strategies and policies for food security and climate protection within its Member States in agriculture and forestry sectors… Read more
An economist and former agriculture minister who played a key role in advancing agricultural and rural development in Indonesia has been conferred the 2013 Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development popularly known as the Umali Award. Prof. Dr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah received the prestigious award in rites held on 16 January 2014 at the New World Hotel in Makati City, Philippines… Read more
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The IDRC-funded project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” covering the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam held its Final Project Workshop on 7-9 January 2014 at the Mekong View Tower, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The three-year project will conclude on 16 January 2014… Read more
After a three-day intensive planning workshop, the teams of SEARCA and Yezin Agricultural University (YAU) came up with the strategic directions of Myanmar's only agricultural university for the coming years. A coherent plan was the critical element that YAU needed in the face of the new developments in Myanmar and the many opportunities that are now knocking on the university door. The strategic planning workshop on 4-6 March 2013 hit the ground running with SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.'s welcoming the entire delegation. In his message, he underlined that SEARCA's extensive experience in institutional development, university consortium management… Read more
Officials of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia began to rethink the future of the university in a "Mentoring Workshop on Strategic Planning" on 20-22 August 2012 at SEARCA. Six RUA officials participated in the workshop, led by Dr. Ngo Bunthan, Rector and Country Representative of Cambodia to the SEARCA Governing Board. With him were Dr. Mom Seng, Vice Rector for International Relations; Dr. Meas Sothy, Director for Research and Extension; Mr. Chheng Lyna, Deputy Director for Academic Programs; Mr. Lor Lytour, Vice Dean for Graduate School and Assistant to the Rector; and Mr. Venn Vutey, Secretary, University… Read more
SEARCA recently awarded a full MS scholarship and four Academic Bridging Program scholarships to young faculty members of the Savannakhet University (SKU) in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR to study at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) starting second semester of school year 2011/2011. The scholarships are part of the capacity-building component of the SKU Institutional Development Assistance (SKU-IDA) project implemented by SEARCA in collaboration with UPLB and SKU. Ms. Othevy Vongmany, assistant lecturer and faculty coordinator of SKU's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, was awarded the SEARCA scholarship to pursue a master of environmental science degree under UPLB's… Read more
Dr. Khampheui Phantachone, Vice Governor of Savannakhet Province in Lao PDR, expressed his deep appreciation and wholehearted commendation to SEARCA for immediately responding to Savannakhet University's request for assistance in capacity-building and curriculum development. He was particularly happy to receive the project inception report handed over to him by the Savannakhet University Institutional Development Assistance (SKU-IDA) Project Team composed of Dr. Sitha Khemmarath, SKU Vice President, Dr. Oscar B. Zamora, Dean of Graduate School, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and one of SEARCA's institutional development experts, and Dr. Editha C. Cedicol, Manager of SEARCA's Graduate Scholarship Department and… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will spearhead institutional development assistance efforts to help a newly established university in Savannakhet Province, Lao People's Democratic Republic to become one of the leading providers of university education in the country. A team from SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) conducted a reconnaissance visit to Savannakhet University (SKU) on 5-8 February 2011 to obtain a situationer on the university and make an initial assessment of its facilities, capabilities, curriculum, and qualifications of its faculty and staff. The SKU was established in March… Read more
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