LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society of the College of Medicine, Biology, and Environment of the Australian National University (ANU) are exploring a team-up in academic and research activities in the region.
An ANU delegation led by Robert Dyball, president of the Society of Human Ecology, recently visited SEARCA to explore the possibility of the center serving as ANU’s base of operations and gateway to other institutions in the region.
SEARCA R&D program head Bessie Burgos briefed the visitors on the center’s Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia. The program was initiated by SEARCA in 1989 in collaboration with the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC).
UC is a network of five prestigious universities in Southeast Asia and one each in Canada, Germany and Japan with SEARCA as secretariat.