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    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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  • 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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SERDANG - The Veterinary Medicine Faculty Complex, which boasted UPM’s University Veterinary Hospital (UVH) as the most advanced veterinary hospital in Southeast Asia, was launched in November 2011. Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin was invited as guest of honor in the said launching.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd. Saleh Jaafar, said that it is the first veterinary teaching hospital in Malaysia equipped with facilities that fulfil international standards. 

Assoc. Prof. Datuk Dr. Bashir Ahmad Fateh Mohamed, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine said that the complex includes an Academic Block which consists of 4 teaching laboratories, 5 lecture halls, 13 tutorial rooms, an anatomy museum, an auditorium, a computer laboratory, a seminar room and a library which can accommodate 1,000 students including staff. The hospital also includes 12 diagnostic laboratories, 7 operation theaters, a Large Animal Unit, a Small Animal Unit, a Surgery Unit, theatres, a mobile clinic, a pharmacy unit, and also a radiologist and imaging unit. 

Both small and large animal wards can accommodate up to 40 and 80 animals, respectively, and can handle at most 50 cases per day. While the wards are open to the public from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily, there is a mobile clinic that operates 24 hours-a-day. 

"There are 50 consultants, 22 veterinary officers, and 60 support staff from various categories working in this hospital which has started operating since January this year,” Dr. Jaafar explained.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, through the University Veterinary Hospital, has the potential to holistically lead the needs of the country in overcoming infectious diseases which would harm human beings besides providing specific services in veterinary medicine, surgery, and diagnostic laboratories. 

“The employability of Veterinary Medicine graduates is very high. For example, the Veterinary Services Department in Malaysia is still in need of 120 veterinarians to fulfil the long-vacant positions,” Dr. Jaafar said.

In the near future, Dr. Jaafar also proposed that the curriculum of the Malaysian veterinary program be accredited internationally to ensure that their graduates will be recognized worldwide.

The Veterinary Medicine Faculty, which was built in 1973, has produced many experts and doctors in veterinary medicine for Malaysia and played an important role in the country’s knowledge transformation in the veterinary area. This faculty is the first higher education institution to obtain an accreditation in teaching, research, and professional services through MS ISO 9001 in 2000 and MS ISO/IEC 17025 in 2008. 

During the launching ceremony, two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed between the faculty and Malaysian Veterinary Services Department (JPV), and with the World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF Malaysia). These MoUs focussed on teaching, research, and professional services activities that could benefit both parties. 

Condensed from: UPM News | 1 Nov 2011

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