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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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LOS BAÑOS, Philippines– SEARCA, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and with support of the University Consortium (UC) has successfully completed the one month Summer School on Food and Nutrition Security for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia. This pilot offering was completed by 10 participants from 7 countries, namely: Indonesia (1), Lao PDR (1), Germany (1), Malaysia (1), Myanmar (1), Philippines (3), and Thailand (2).

The post graduate course, which commenced in 6 October 2014, involved six modules and a roster of high-profile resource persons from UPLB and other institutions including Kasetsart University of Thailand, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Silang Cavite, and the Philippines Department of Agriculture with Assistant Secretary Romeo Recide giving a lecture on the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security (SPA-FS), 2015-2020.

The different lectures were complimented with group discussions, case studies, and field visits to relevant sites such as IIRR, Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna, and one of Asia’s leading agro-industrial and food conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Foods, Incorporated.

We drew the best for this course, and I have never seen such a high level of commitment from all the collaborating institutions,” said Dr. Percy E. Sajise, during the course’s Closing Ceremonies held on 29 October 2014 at the SEARCA Residence Hotel. Dr. Sajise served as the coordinator and lecturer of the said summer course.

Having been involved from the conceptualization and implementation, Dr. Sajise expressed fulfillment after seeing how the participants were able to integrate in their project proposals what they have learned from the different lectures and field trips.

Meanwhile, UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz, in his message, reminded the participants that continuous learning is essential. “SEARCA has effectively promoted the pursuit of continuous learning and we thank SEARCA for partnering with UPLB in this endeavor,” he added.

Three SEARCA Directors witness the Summer School Closing Ceremonies. (From L-R) Incumbent Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., and past Directors Dr. Arturo A. Gomez and Dr. Percy E. SajiseThe summer course is foreseen to be one of the staple offerings of SEARCA in collaboration with UC and its member universities. UC will work towards making the summer school an accredited graduate course among the UC members in order to attract more graduate students to join.

Thank you for teaching us to do everything sustainable,” said Maryono, a Lecturer from the Bogor Agricultural University.

On the other hand, as a sign of appreciation for what she has learned, Meryl Bernardino, a graduate student from the UPLB looks forward to putting up her own vegetable garden once she goes back to Pangasinan.

Kuan Chee Hao, a PhD student from Universiti Putra Malaysia said the summer school was a good platform to learn about food and nutrition security. “When I go home, I will promise to plant seeds of sustainable development in my heart, water it every day and hopefully influence my colleagues to do the same.”

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