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UPM scientist develops test kit for leptospirosis

A Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) scientist developed a simple rapid test kit to diagnose leptospirosis infection in human. The test kit, LeptoScan2, can detect the presence of the spirochaete bacteria Leptospira spp. in the patient’s blood in less than 15 minutes, even in the early stages of the disease. This is contrary to other products in the market which can only provide the results based on the antibodies produced after 7 days or more of the infection.

Read more: UPM scientist develops test kit for leptospirosis

UBC-UC-SEARCA Faculty Fellowship

The UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems will offer one fellowship in the amount of C$7500 to a faculty member of a SEARCA/University Consortium member university to come to UBC for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks. Faculty members intending to visit UBC for a period of less than six weeks will receive an amount prorated on the basis of the duration of their stay. While all faculty members of UC-SEARCA member universities are eligible to apply for this fellowship, preference will be given to junior faculty members.

The UBC-UC-SEARCA Fellow will be expected to present a seminar on their research, and give at least two guest lectures in one or more of our existing courses. At least one of these lectures should be in an undergraduate course. The balance of the time can be spent meeting with Faculty colleagues to enrich the fellow’s research and teaching experience.

Application Procedure:

Applications for this fellowship should be sent directly to:

Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Suite 248 - 2357 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

The application should include:

  1. A cover letter describing applicants teaching and research interests and experience, activities intended during the tenure of the Fellowship at UBC, and any interaction or correspondence of the applicant with a faculty member in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2014. The selected fellow will be informed by April 1, 2014 and will be expected to visit UBC between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.

IPB appoints new Director of Collaboration and International Programs

Dr. Edy Hartulistiyoso has been appointed Director for Collaboration and International Programs of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) effective 5 July 2013. He replaced Dr. Rinekso Soekmadi who will move on to be the University’s Director for Student Affairs. Concurrently, Dr. Hartulistiyoso will also be IPB's Coordinator for the University Consortium.

Before his appointment as Director in IPB, Dr. Hartulistiyoso served as the Agricultural Attache at theEmbassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the European Union in Brussels, Belgium for three years. However, even before his international stint, he was already affiliated with IPB as Director of Facility and Property (2004 to 2007) and Vice-Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering (2001 to 2004). He is likewise an alumnus of IPB, having completed his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1987. He completed both his Master’s and PhD degrees at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Georg-August University of Goettingen in Germany in 1994 and 1999, respectively.

IPB and UPM renew ties

The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) was signed on 14 June 2013 at the IPB Darmaga Campus. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, Rector of IPB, conveyed that the said cooperation, which originally started with student exchange, would be strengthened along the theme of the ASEAN Economic Community. Moreover, the  MoC would be the basis for collaborative activities towards addressing food security, including advocacies to further develop agriculture in the countries of Southeast Asia.

In connection with the efforts on food security advocacy, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Hj Ramlan, UPM Vice Chancellor is scheduled for a 5-day meeting at IPB in September 2013, the result of which will be an important input for an ASEAN-level congregation.

In the area of scholarship, UPM suggested that IPB look into the Erasmus Mundus and the USA-Michigan research scholarship program.

It is also expected for IPB and UPM to finalize its Dual Degree Program soon. This will then enable students to receive graduate degrees at both academic institutions.

Source: IPB News| 17 June 2013

UPM and University of Newcastle to offer joint post graduate degree programs

The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) marked a new milestone by teaming up with the renowned University of Newcastle of Australia to jointly offer post-graduate studies where the degrees conferred will bear the crests and authorizing signatures of the two universities.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on the Jointly Awarded Research Higher Degree Programmes (JARHDPs) was signed by the UPM Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan and the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle, Prof Caroline McMillan, on behalf of their respective institutions.

The signing of the JARHDP, the first by a Malaysian university, was witnessed by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of UPM, Prof Dr Bujang Kim Huat and the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Singapore) of the University of Newcastle, Prof Amir Mahmood.

In the ten-year agreement, a student applying to study at either university will be accepted into the JARHDP once both parties have agreed in writing to the candidate’s proposal for the post-graduate studies. Candidates who are currently registered at either university shall be permitted to transfer to JARHDP with the approval of both parties and all supervisors.    

The MoA further states that the candidate’s proposal must identify the resources to be provided by both parties, and that during periods of attendance at its campuses by a student undertaking  JARHDP, each party agrees to provide the project resources specified in the approved candidate’s proposal. Both parties agree that the candidates are required to attend school at the host institution for a minimum of one full academic year and a maximum of two full-time equivalent academic years, in order to be eligible for JARHDP. Likewise, while candidates may be exempted from paying tuition fees at Newcastle, candidates in UPM may be required to pay UPM’s fees, including insurance and incidental expenses.. It was also agreed that all JARHDP projects involving human and animal research must obtain prior approval from their relevant ethics committee.

This programme with the University of Newcastle is the latest addition to the Dual Degree/Jointly Awarded Research Degree that UPM is offering in cooperation with other international universities such as the University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, Ajou University, Kyushu Institute of Technology, and Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Source: UPM News | 10 June 2013

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