SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants

Rationale

SEARCA has been in the forefront of efforts to develop agriculture and development practitioners/experts within and outside Southeast Asia. A strong cadre of agriculture professionals will help the Center in its mandate to bring about agricultural and rural development (ARD) in the region. Since AY 2011-2012, the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant has recognized the contribution of institutions and individuals in the fields of agriculture and related sciences, thereby contributing to ARD in Southeast Asia through instruction, research, innovation, and extension work.

Objectives and Priority Focus

The objective of the grant is to acknowledge outstanding Southeast Asian experts in the academe who Accelerate Transformation through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN) in their respective disciplines. These include, but are not limited to, agriculture, social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.

The focus/themes of the grant will change according to the focus of the succeeding Five-Year Plans of the Center. Currently on its Eleventh Five Year Plan, SEARCA has the following priority areas:

  • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income;
  • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management;
  • Food and Nutrition Security;
  • Transformational Leadership for ARD;
  • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD;
  • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience; and
  • EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD

Since its establishment, the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair grant has been awarded to 44 individuals as follows:

Academic Year 2020-2021

In the Field ofName of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Agricultural Chemistry Dr. Felix M. Salas
Visayas State University, Philippines
Innovative liquid nutrient formulations for improved yield and chemical characteristics of horticultural crops under an aggregate hydroponic system May 2020
Agricultural Extension and Development Dr. Norsida binti Man
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
The role of ICT-Driven tools and technologies to spread innovation for adaptation to climate change May 2020
Agricultural Mechanization and Post-harvest Engineering Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Enhancing crop production and sustainability through appropriate mechanization and automation technologies May 2020
Food Microbiology and Biotechnology Dr. Shuhaimi Mustafa
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Rapid DNA-based analytical techniques to verify the authenticity of Halal products May 2020
Agriculture and Food Engineering Dr. Anchasa Pramuanjaroenkij
Kasetsart University, Thailand
Effects of global warming to agricultural food production in Thailand May 2020
Precision Agriculture/Smart Farming Dr. Virgilio Julius P. Manzano, Jr.
Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines
Mainstreaming and harnessing precision agriculture for sustainable and resilient Philippine agriculture May 2020

Academic Year 2019/2020

In the Field ofName of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Land and Water Resources Engineering Dr. Nathaniel R. Alibuyog
Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines
Harnessing GIS and Remote Sensing Technologies Towards Improved Water Governance and Agricultural Productivity May 2019
Parasitology Dr. Clarissa Yvonne J. Domingo
Central Luzon State University, Philippines
May 2019/
13 Sep 2019
Agricultural Process Engineering Dr. Norhashila Hashim
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
May 2019/
4 Sep 2019
Microbiology Dr. Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz
University of Sto. Tomas, Philippines
May 2019/
6 Sep 2019
Food Science and Technology Dr. Teti Estiasih
Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
May 2019/
30 Oct 2019

Academic Year 2018/2019

In the Field ofName of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Natural Resources and Environmental Economics Dr. Abdul Rahim bin Abdul Samad
University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
30 Apr 2018/
12 Dec 2018
Engineering Dr. Ireneo C. Agulto
Central Luzon State University, Philippines
30 Apr 2018/
6 Sep 2018
Horticulture Dr. Zenaida C. Gonzaga
Visayas State University, Philippines
30 Apr 2018/
8 Mar 2019
Development Communication and Learning Dr. Rotacio S. Gravoso
Visayas State University, Philippines
30 Apr 2018/
1 April 2019
Plant Taxonomy and Conservation Dr. Hoang Van Sam
Vietnam National University of Forestry, Vietnam
30 Apr 2018/
23 Apr 2019

Academic Year 2017/2018

In the Field ofName of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Plant Breeding Dr. Pablito M. Magdalita
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
31 May 2017/
26 Mar 2018
Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology Dr. Anuraga Jayanegara
Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia
31 May 2017/
14 Feb 2018
Biotechnology Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin
Visayas State University, Philippines
31 May 2017/
20 Mar 2018
Agricultural Economics Dr. Shaufique Fahmi Sidique
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
31 May 2017/
21 Mar 2018
Aquaculture Dr. Rex Ferdinand M. Traifalgar
University of the Philippines Visayas, Philippines
31 May 2017/
7 Mar 2018
Food Science Dr. Casiana Blanca J. Villarino
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
31 May 2017/
19 Mar 2018
Natural Resource Economics Dr. Vo Thanh Danh
Cantho University, Vietnam
31 May 2017/
29 Mar 2018

Academic Year 2016/2017

In the Field ofName of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Environmental Science Dr. Ahmad Zaharin Aris
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
15 Apr 2016/
21 Feb 2017
Food Microbiology and Processing Dr. Maria Patricia V. Azanza
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
15 Apr 2016 /
26 Jan 2017
Agricultural Engineering Dr. Ruel M. Mojica
Cavite State University, Philippines
15 Apr 2016/
8 Mar 2017
Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Erniel B. Barrio
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
15 Apr 2016/
16 Mar 2017
Environmental Management Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto
Central Luzon State University, Philippines
15 Apr 2016 /
7 Oct 2016

Academic Year 2015/2016

Name of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Dr. Augusto Serrano
University of the Philippines Visayas, Philippines
23 Apr 2015/
30 Mar 2016
Dr. Dennis S. Mapa
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
23 Apr 2015/
23 Nov 2015
Dr. Victor B. Ella
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
23 Apr 2015/
10 May 2016
Dr. Teodoro C. Mendoza
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
23 Apr 2015/
15 Jun 2016
Dr. Jezie A. Acorda
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
23 Apr 2015/
22 Feb 2016
Dr. Mohd Sapuan Bin Salit
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
23 Apr 2015/
11 Feb 2016

Academic Year 2014/2015

Name of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Dr. Mohd Razi Ismail
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
28 Apr 2014/
22 Apr 2015
Dr. Victor B. Asio
Visayas State University, Philippines
28 Apr 2014/
27 Mar 2015
Dr. Dina Pura T. Depositario
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
28 Apr 2014/
21 Apr 2015
Dr. Orville L. Bondoc
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
28 Apr 2014/
11 Aug 2015
Dr. Virginia C. Cuevas
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
28 Apr 2014/
1 Oct 2014

Academic Year 2013/2014

Name of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Dr. Felino P. Lansigan
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
13 Mar 2013/
28 Jan 2014
Dr. Annabella B. Tulin
Visayas State University, Philippines
13 Mar 2013/
26 Feb 2014
Dr. Nakorn Tippayawong
Chiang Mai University, Thailand
13 Mar 2013/
18 Feb 2014

Academic Year 2012/2013

Name of Awardee
and Institution
TopicDate of Award/
Date of Lecture
Dr. Alonzo A. Gabriel
University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
6 Mar 2012/
20 Oct 2012
Dr. Waren N. Baticados
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
6 Mar 2012/
28 Feb 2013

Guidelines

  1. The grant is open to any outstanding Southeast Asian academic, particularly those working in the fields of study relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA within its current Five-Year Plan.
  2. Each year, the call for candidates to the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair will be sent to universities in the Southeast Asian Region. The nominating university will submit to SEARCA the following documents on or before the deadline:
    1. Letter from the Chief Executive/Head of the Institution endorsing at most three initially screened applicants with a summary of information on the credentials of the nominee(s) based on Attachment 1
    2. Curriculum vitae of the recommended/endorsed faculty members and a summary of the information as requested.
    3. A summary/outline of proposed lecture of the faculty member-applicant of not more than three pages highlighting the expected results of the research study and describing its relevance in terms of regional development issues and as they relate to SEARCA's thrusts.
  3. The awardee must meet the following requirements:
    1. Must be a Southeast Asian national, with tenure position and holding an academic rank of not lower than Assistant Professor.
    2. Must have a PhD in fields related to the advancement of agricultural science and technology and development of rural households/communities (see Table 1 for Fields of Studies).
    3. Must have proven track record and excellence in academic and/or research in his/her chosen field of specialization within the broad priority thrusts of SEARCA as indicated in the Center's Five Year Plan.
    4. Must have not received SEARCA Professorial Chair award in the past five (5) years.
    5. Must have the official endorsement of the Chief Executive/Head of his/her institution not only on the applicant's academic qualification but also on his/her good moral character.
  4. The following are the responsibilities of the awardee:
    1. Teach at least one graduate course in his/her area of specialization at the university during the year of award.
    2. Deliver at least one public lecture on the subject of his/her research (which should be aligned with SEARCA thrusts) during the period of award at his/her university.
    3. Submit a hard and a soft copy of his/her public lecture to SEARCA upon culmination of his/her professorial chair award.
    4. Submit a monograph version of his/her paper for publication by SEARCA
  5. The awardee will receive a grant of USD 5,000.00.

Timetable

The SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair will be guided by the following schedule:

December of every year Call for applications
March of the following year Deadline of submission of nominees and screening of documents submitted
April Evaluation of nominees
May Awarding of Professorial Chair Grant

Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact:

Education and Collective Learning - Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development (ECL-GSID)
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
College, Los Baños, 4031 Laguna, Philippines
Tel: +63 49 554 9330 to 39; +63 49 536 2290; +63 49 572 3743; +63 2 8657 1300 to 02 local 2200 to 2203
Fax: +63 49 536 7097
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