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Mr. Truong Hong Vu Tuan Kiet (center) and  Mr. Philip Donald Sanchez (fourth from right), both new SEARCA-UPM scholars, hold their scholarship certificates after the handover ceremony on 7 November 2018. With them are (from left) Mr. Saiful Azlin Maskan of UPM, Ms. Mary Grace A. Aquino, Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, and (from right) Dr. Norhashila Binti Hashim, Dr. Nor Azowa Ibrahim, and Dr. Nor Kamariah Noordin, all of UPM.Mr. Truong Hong Vu Tuan Kiet (center) and Mr. Philip Donald Sanchez (fourth from right), both new SEARCA-UPM scholars, hold their scholarship certificates after the handover ceremony on 7 November 2018. With them are (from left) Mr. Saiful Azlin Maskan of UPM, Ms. Mary Grace A. Aquino, Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, and (from right) Dr. Norhashila Binti Hashim, Dr. Nor Azowa Ibrahim, and Dr. Nor Kamariah Noordin, all of UPM.

MALAYSIA – To promote the Center's scholarship programs, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), through its Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD), held a marketing roadshow on SEARCA scholarship grants on 8 November 2018 at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)-Bintulu campus. 

About 30 faculty members and selected graduate students from UPM-Bintulu attended the event. Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for GEID, and Ms. Mary Grace A. Aquino, Program Specialist, led the activity.

Apart from promoting the regular SEARCA grants, Dr. Cuaresma also provided a presentation on the grants of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC). Promotional materials were also distributed to all the attendees.

The team also met with key UPM officials to discuss possible collaboration with SEARCA and the UC, specifically on the project pertaining to indigenous crops, among others.

Prior to this event, SEARCA also conducted a simple Handover Ceremony of Scholarship Certificates at the UPM main campus in Serdang for the two new SEARCA-UPM scholars, namely, Mr. Philip Donald Sanchez, MS Agricultural Process Engineering student from the Philippines; and Mr. Truong Hong Vo Tuan Kiet, PhD Agricultural Policy student from Vietnam. The ceremony was held at the Faculty of Engineering and the certificates were formally handed over by Dr. Cuaresma and Professor Dr. Nor Kamariah Noordin, Dean of the UPM Faculty of Engineering.

Back-to-back with the handover ceremony was the orientation of new and ongoing scholars at UPM. Twenty-three scholars attended the meeting, which provided further information and clarification about the scholarship grant. The meeting was also an opportune time to discuss SEARCA's history and programs.

SEARCA provides high-quality academic grants, such as the full MS and PhD scholarships, Professorial Chair grants, Faculty and Student Mobility grants, and Academic Bridging programs. GEIDD holds an annual marketing roadshow at different agricultural universities across the region to promote its scholarships and other grants.

Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma (back row, sixth from left) with SEARCA scholars during the orientation-meeting at UPM main campus.Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma (back row, sixth from left) with SEARCA scholars during the orientation-meeting at UPM main campus.

Attendees during the marketing of SEARCA and UC grants at UPM-Bintulu campus on 8 November 2018.Attendees during the marketing of SEARCA and UC grants at UPM-Bintulu campus on 8 November 2018.

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