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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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  • 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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The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has been at the forefront of biotechnology research and development in the Philippines with the establishment of the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH). At present, it maintains its support for the multi-location field trials of the fruit-and-shoot-borer resistant Bt eggplant despite a petition filed against the experiment by Greenpeace Southeast Asia and other anti-GMO groups.

The UPLB administration stressed the importance of strengthening the trans-disciplinary scientific approach to research and problem solving of the University, and calls on other sectors to support the continuation of the Bt eggplant field tests.

The Bt eggplant project, already on its 10th year of implementation, is a priority project of UPLB in accord with its pro-people and pro-environment agenda. The current field trials are being responsibly and safely undertaken together with scientific organizations and partner state universities in compliance with the biosafety requirements and guidelines approved by national regulatory bodies such as the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) and the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture.

The objective of the project is to help advance the welfare of small farmers, the consumers, and the environment. UPLB conducts the field trials in accordance with the biosafety guidelines issued by the NCBP and clearly stipulated in the Department of Agriculture Administrative Order No. 8 S-2002 which are compliant to the global biosafety standards under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, specifically the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Ecological balance and environmental safety are non-negotiable core values of the University in the conduct of research. Anti-GMO organizations must rest assured that the University is wholly committed in conducting responsible research on safe and beneficial technologies. While the University recognizes other people's right to their own opinion, the diversity of ideas and opinions which all modern democracies guarantee requires that the rights and freedoms, especially the academic freedom of a university like UPLB must be accorded the same respect and recognition.



Condensed from: UPLB News|April 2012

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