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  • Call for Applications: The NTU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program for Global Agriculture Technology and Genomic Science (Global ATGS)

    LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – The NTU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program for Global Agriculture Technology and Genomic Science (Global ATGS) is now accepting applications until 20 November 2020 for AY 2021-2022. The joint scholarship between National Taiwan University (NTU) and SEARCA provides support for graduate studies under the Master Program in Global ATGS offered by the International College of NTU. The program aims to provide deeper understanding on smart farming technology, genome science research, and breeding science and technology. It combines an interdisciplinary curriculum with opportunities for internship and field visits to develop global bio-agricultural talents who are responsive to the needs of
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  • Joint MS Food Security and Climate Change program to continue under UC

    LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – The European Commission's ERASMUS+ Capacity Building for Higher Education funded project on developing a Joint MS Food Security and Climate Change program has been completed and is currently undergoing approval in partner universities who will implement it by AY 2020-2021. The developed program will continue to run under the University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) projects. The MS FSCC aims to develop professionals who will address the challenges of food security in the context of the ASEAN integrated market. The developed joint degree was based on the model of Erasmus Mundus Joint
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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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  • Bringing the Youth Closer to the Community with Dr. Anchasa Pramuanjaroenkij

    SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair GrantAY 2020-2021 Making a Difference in Agriculture Bringing the Youth Closer to the Community with Dr. Anchasa Pramuanjaroenkij Dr. Anchasa Pramuanjaroenkij is an Associate Professor in Kasetsart University, Thailand. She was awarded the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair for her contributions in the field of Agriculture and Food Engineering. Dr. Anchasa considered a career in teaching in 1994, during her last year at Kasetsart University (KU) taking her Bachelor of Engineering in Food Engineering degree. At that time, the university announced the establishment of an additional KU campus in the Northeastern part of Thailand to expand the
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  • SEARCA scholar ends MS studies with accolades and memories

    SELANGOR, Malaysia – Engr. Philip Donald C. Sanchez, a SEARCA scholar who just finished his MS in Agricultural Process Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) was awarded Best Oral Presenter during the Malaysian Society of Agricultural and Food Engineers (MSAE) Webinar-Conference 2020. The conference theme was "Makanan Kita, Masa Depan Kita" translated as "Our Food, Our Future" organized by the MSAE/Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture, UPM, and MARDI on 28-29 June 2020. Engr. Sanchez presented his research on the "Potential application of laser-based imaging technology in the quality evaluation of agricultural products: a review" via web streaming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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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"It is no longer a question of professionals versus amateurs; it is a world of collaboration. We have moved from the age of authority to the age of authenticity.” This statement from Maria Ressa, CEO and executive director of the social news network, Rappler, created ripples of excitement among more than 400 students and teachers who packed the SEARCA Umali Auditorium in the UP Los Baños campus on 19 September 2012. 

Ressa, former chief of CNN's bureau in Manila and Jakarta and head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, was referring to the power of social media for reportage and social change during her keynote speech in the seminar, entitled, Move Chat Series @ UPLB with the theme “Social Media for Social Change: Pushing Development Forward.” 

Rappler, as their online site describes, is “a group of journalists committed to inform Filipinos and inspire them to interact and participate in nation-building by providing a credible, creative, and interactive platform through social media.” 

She further explained that the new approach to journalism, which Rappler is advocating, is to be in the center of three overlapping circles, namely: professional journalism, the wisdom of crowds, and rich media.

“You now have to cut across all disciplines of professional journalism. You write, you shoot [pictures], you do the voice, you edit, then you upload,” Ressa said. “Then you have to get the wisdom of the crowds. Seek the opinions and feedback of people; ask them how they feel about issues. That way, we cross out our biases and collectively make better decisions,” she explains. 

Rich media, meanwhile, means using technology such as iPhones that enable you to transmit all [information] immediately. “It’s faster than anything!” she enthused. Capturing the best features of these circles are social media.

Building on the keynote message of Maria Ressa are other Rappler team members. Chay Hofileña, citizen journalism director, shared some principles on pushing stories into the mainstream media. “You must tell a story or let it have a human face before going into the statistics; have a narrative such as a triumph, struggle or determination; have a clear voice and direction; and offer a new, different, or fresh perspective to every story,” she advised.

Michael Josh Villanueva, Rappler special projects director, gave useful tips on how to mobilize, build, engage, and act on a development issue using Facebook. 

Patricia Evangelista, Rappler multimedia reporter, who describes herself "as more of a story-teller," shared how to tell compelling stories about people who would otherwise not be heard of or known. “People don’t have that imagination to put themselves in others’ shoes…That’s why I write,” she said.

The representative speaker from UPLB was Dr.Serlie Barroga-Jamias, director of the Office of Public Relations (OPR). She related how social media transformed her DevCom 123 students into citizen journalists especially during the crisis of student murders around UPLB last semester.

The seminar was co-organized by the Office of the Chancellor- OPR, the Development Communication Graduate Students Association (DEVCOM-GRADSA), the College of Development Communication (CDC), and the UPLB Foundation Incorporated (UPLB-FI).



Source:  Dr. Serlie Jamias from UPLB News|21 September 2012

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