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University Consortium holds Regional Workshop on MS Food Security and Climate Change

University Consortium holds Regional Workshop on MS Food Security and Climate Change

BANGKOK, Thailand — Representatives of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) and Dr. Didier Pillot of Montpellier SupAgro conducted a workshop for the MS Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) project on 12-13 December 2017 hosted by Kasetsart University.

The two-day workshop tackled the mobility of the first batch of students to their respective host universities beginning January 2018, the selection for the second batch of MS FSCC students, the development of the joint MS FSCC curriculum in the University Consortium (UC) member universities, and plans for upcoming activities such as staff trainings and the second Summer School.

University Consortium holds Regional Workshop on MS Food Security and Climate ChangeThe UC agreed to extend the call for applications for the second batch of students until 31 January 2018 to increase the number of students, who will go on mobility in the Southeast Asian Region in 2018.

Selected students will also have the opportunity to do their research or take credits for one semester at a partner university in Europe. Likewise, selected European students will also have the opportunity to go on a one-semester mobility to any UC member university starting August 2018.

The MS FSCC is partially funded by the ERASMUS+ of the European Union under the Capacity Building for Higher Education. The UC members present at the workshop were from SEARCA, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Kasetsart University, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universiti Putra Malaysia, University of the Philippines Los Baños, and its new affiliate member, Universitas Brawijaya.

University Consortium holds Regional Workshop on MS Food Security and Climate Change

Tokyo NODAI hosts 30th University Consortium Executive Board meeting

Tokyo NODAI hosts 30th University Consortium Executive Board meeting

The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) held its 30th Executive Board meeting on 16 – 18 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty-four delegates participated in the meeting hosted by Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) in its Setagaya campus.

This year's Executive Board meeting was highlighted by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the institution of the Joint Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) program, the review and revision of the UC Travel Grants, and the membership fee structure. The UC also welcomed Universitas Brawijaya (UB) of Indonesia as a new Affiliate Member.

Founded in 1989 as a commitment made among five leading agricultural universities in Southeast Asia to promote beneficial cooperation by optimizing utilization of resources and expertise, the UC has since expanded its reach and activities through collaborative researches, annual Summer Schools, and annual Graduate Forums, where hosting is rotated among member universities.

The MS FSCC project, spearheaded by the UC with Kasetsart University as Project Leader, involves nine other universities in Europe and Southeast Asia, and is partially funded by ERASMUS + under its Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education program.

With its increased visibility due to increasing collaborative programs, the UC has received several expressions of interest from other universities to become associate or affiliate UC members. With this, it is envisaged that the UC will further strengthen its dynamic linkages within and outside the Consortium in the coming years.

Tokyo NODAI hosts 30th University Consortium Executive Board meeting

SEARCA Co-Sponsors 2nd IGEARD Conference

SEARCA Co-Sponsors 2nd IGEARD Conference

SEARCA co-sponsored the 2nd Internationalization of Graduate Education for Agricultural and Rural Development (IGEARD) International Conference organized by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Graduate School on 19-20 October 2017 at Acacia Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines.

The conference, themed as "Enriching Graduate Education Delivery and Student Experience," gathered academicians and graduate students from local and international Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The conference served as a venue for knowledge-exchange on practices and trends to improve graduate studies in the Philippines.

SEARCA Co-Sponsors 2nd IGEARD ConferenceMs. Carmen Nyhria G. Rogel and Ms. Camille Joy V. Enalbes, Program Specialists from SEARCA served as panelist and discussant, respectively, in the conference. Ms. Rogel shared SEARCA's initiatives in terms of research and development in the fields of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in relation to the proposed prospectus and postgraduate research agenda of the UPLB Graduate School. It is envisaged that through the improved Graduate School Prospectus, UPLB will attract the best and brightest applicants and increase its enrollment as contribution towards UPLB's goal of becoming a globally competitive graduate and research university.

The Panel Discussion on ASEAN Student Support Services aimed to present the available curricular and extra-curricular services for students in the region. Ms. Enalbes discussed the student and faculty grants offered by SEARCA and the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC). She was joined by Dr. Buncha Chinnasri, Assistant to the President of Kasetsart University, and Dr. Noritah Omar, Deputy Director, Putra International Centre, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

The IGEARD Conference is an initiative of the UPLB Graduate School aimed to gather scholars and practitioners to discuss the underlying incentives, institutions, innovations, and practices that promote or impede the internationalization of graduate education vis-à-vis harnessing agriculture and rural development.

SEARCA Co-Sponsors 2nd IGEARD Conference

SEARCA Co-Sponsors 2nd IGEARD Conference

Dr. Sanchez to serve second term as UPLB chancellor

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The UP Board of Regents, the highest decision-making body of the UP System, has reappointed Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. as chancellor of UPLB at its 1331st meeting on Oct. 18 at Quezon Hall, UP Diliman.

Chancellor Sanchez's second term is effective Nov. 1, 2017 to Oct. 31, 2020.

In his vision paper entitled "Continuing the legacy of working together for excellence," Chancellor Sanchez articulated his plans to continue making UPLB a globally competitive graduate and research university contributing to national development. He expressed his aim to continuously sustain UPLB's academic leadership and excellence; promote the use of UPLB knowledge and technologies towards inclusive growth; and create an enabling environment for creativity and innovation.

"UPLB is blessed with a collegial spirit – a thread of community and family that continues to bind our alumni, students, and staff – amidst diversity and the challenges of a fast changing world," Chancellor Sanchez said. "My mission is to continue to bring together everyone in the University to actively participate and collaborate with us so that we can achieve our vision for UPLB."

Chancellor Sanchez is a professor of landscape horticulture at the College of Agriculture and Food Science, a licensed agriculturist, and a certified arborist. He finished his BS Agriculture and MS Environmental Science from UPLB in 1987 and 1994, respectively. He earned his PhD Landscape Architecture from the Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1998.

He has held various administrative positions in UPLB since 2005. He was assistant to the vice chancellor for planning and development (2005-2011) and vice chancellor for planning and development (2011-2014) prior to becoming UPLB's chief executive in Nov. 2014. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)

Source: University of the Philippines Los Baños

UGM Welcomes New Rector

Rektor-UGM-Prof-Panut-MulyonoThe Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Sciences (UC) congratulates Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng. as the new Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) from 2017-2022.

Inaugurated on 6 May 2017, Prof. Panut brings with him years of experience in research and instruction. He served as a lecturer at UGM, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is also a well-known researcher in the field of Chemical Engineering, with expertise in Energy. Prof. Panut is considered a role model, who can serve as both educator and researcher in the university.

Prof. Panut envisages UGM to take an active role in the movement to lead Indonesians towards a new civilization through science and technology. In his inaugural speech, Prof. Panut said, "Going forward, UGM will strengthen its internal power, supporting Yogyakarta in carrying out the vision and mission of Yogyakarta's uniqueness, building the nobility of Indonesian lives and nature, as well as at the global level."

Prof. Panut succeeds Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D. who was an active member of the UC.

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