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  • UB, UPM, and SEARCA collaborate for the Annual Agricultural Engineering Lecture Series

    Malang, Indonesia - Universitas Brawijaya (UB) organized its Annual Agricultural Engineering Lecture Series, through its Department of Agricultural Engineering, on 10 June 2020. The activity, which is regularly offered offline, was conducted live via web streaming due to COVID-19. It was also opened to the public for the first time as it was originally held exclusively for UB students to gain knowledge from experts in the field of agricultural engineering. The lecture was also conducted in collaboration with SEARCA and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The guest lecturer, Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi, is a leading researcher in Malaysia who was recently awarded
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  • UC Seed Fund for Collaborative Research recently awarded to 3 joint projects

    LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) recently awarded the UC Seed Fund for Collaborative Research to three (3) initial recipients for the first quarter of 2020. Dr. Muhammad Heikal bin Ismail, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), is collaborating with Dr. Ngadisih, Dr. Joko Nugroho W.K., Dr. Bambang Suwignyo and Dr. Hatma Suryatmojo, from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), for the project “Investigating the effect of food and agricultural waste on the quality of biogas and bio-fertilizer”. The project aims to contribute
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  • UC member universities place in the 2020 QS WUR by Subject on Agriculture and Forestry

    The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) member universities improved their ranking in the 2020 QS World University Rankings (WUR) by Subject on Agriculture and Forestry. University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Gottingen, Kasetsart University (KU), Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) all placed in the top 100 with UBC taking the 14th rank and University of Gottingen placing in 21st worldwide. National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked in the 101-150th place while Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and University of the Philippines (UP) placed in the 151-200th. Universitas Brawijaya (UB)
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  • UC member universities dominate world ranking on Oil Palm International Research Publication

    The 2020 Elsevier Research Intelligence on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Indonesia named three members of the UC as top publishers of scientific articles on oil palm research. Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) ranked 1st with 69 articles published, followed by University of Goettingen which ranked 2nd with 42 articles and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 3rd with 24 articles. The three universities conducted wide range of research on oil palm covering topics in sustainability, biodiversity, socioeconomics, and the environment. For both IPB and UPM, the oil palm industry is vital in their country's economy and plays a huge part of their export
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  • UC members rank high among top universities from emerging economies

    Members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) initiated by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) are among the top universities around the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings of 2020. The list features the 533 best universities from 47 countries. The London Stock Exchange's FTSE Group categorized these countries as "advanced emerging," "secondary emerging" or "frontier." The National Taiwan University (NTU) is the 8th best university, while the University of the Philippines (UP) ranked 70th and Universiti Putra
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UC Features

  • Navigating multiple roles in the field with UPM's Dr. Norsida Man

    Dr. Norsida Man is an Associate Professor and Department Head of the Agriculture Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. She was awarded the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant for her extensive contributions in the field of Agricultural Extension and Development. Dr. Norsida started her career away from the academe. After graduating from Kagoshima University in Japan with a Bachelor of Agricultural System Engineering degree, Dr. Norsida worked as a Shipping Officer for a Japanese company. She later realized that this position does not suit her well as her dream is to help farmers and contribute to the
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  • Cultivating the youth's passion with UPM's Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi

    Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi is one of the three awardees from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) who received the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant for Academic Year 2020-2021. Since the grant's first offering in 2012-2013, UPM has been actively nominating the best and brightest in the fields of agriculture and rural development from their institution. Dr. Nazmi is a leading researcher in Malaysia and was awarded for his contributions in the field of Agricultural Mechanization and Post-harvest Engineering. His excellence in teaching has been recognized multiple times by his institution through various awards.
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UPLB has claimed top spots again, this time in the professional board examinations for agriculturists, nutritionists-dietitians, and veterinarians, earning the title of being the top performing school for all examinations.


26 226 2Among the schools that had graduates take the board exam for agriculturists and veterinarians, UPLB is the lone top performing school and one of only three for the nutritionists-dietitians exam.


UPLB garnered a passing rate of 98 percent (118/120) for the agriculturists board exam where the national passing rate is 37 percent.  Seven UPLB examinees took positions in the top 10, namely, Manolo Luis T. Herrera (1st), Donnie Rey L. Bayucan (2nd), Emmanuel L. Bernardo (3rd), James Gregory A. Villasis (4th), Jefferson F. Paril (5th), Ron Aldwin S. Navales (6th), and Andrew Jason E. Quinto (8th). The board examination for agriculturists was given in 11 cities all over the country.


The University again garnered an impressive 100 percent passing rate with all 75 examinees successfully hurdling the professional board exam for nutritionists-dietitians. Four examinees captured spots in the top ten, namely, Cathlin Eliza A. Abraham (2nd), Angelia C. San Buenaventura (4th), Eusebeia Joy B. Mendoza (5th), and Kirstein D. Itliong (7th). The national passing rate for this examination is 67 percent (507/757).


UPLB also dominated the veterinarian licensure examination results with class valedictorian Jussiaea Bariuan making it to the top three passers.


UPLB was the only university recognized as the top performing school with 40 or more examinees and at least 80 percent passing rate. The examination was held in Manila and Cagayan De Oro City.


Source: UPLB News | 31 August 2011


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