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Dwikorita Karnawati Inaugurated as Rector of UGM from 2014-2017

Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, Photo courtesy of UGM NewsProf. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, Photo courtesy of UGM News

Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D has been inaugurated as rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada for the period between 2014-2017 at the Senate Hall of UGM, Monday (24/11), attended by all university leadership as well as Board of Trustees.

Chairperson of UGM Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. Sofian Effendi, said that after a meeting, the Board had decided to elect and appoint Prof. Dwikorita as rector of UGM for the period 2014-2017. She replaced Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc.Sc, who became State Secretary.

“Prof. Dwikorita is the first female academician that is elected as rector,” said Dr. Sofian.

The task of the new rector, said Sofian, is to consolidate the output of higher learning to the national demand that has not yet been met, also optimising graduate programme, which currently stays at 25 percent of the total UGM students.

Rector of UGM for the period 2012-2014, Prof. Dr. Pratikno has been acknowledged to have elevated to UGM’s status as reference for humanity and Indonesia’s leadership in the global era. He hoped the new rector could UGM produce graduates who are civilized, modest but smart whilst making contribution to the world.

Prior to her new role as UGM Rector, Prof. Dwikorita was the university’s Vice Rector for Cooperation and Alumni Relations. She is a Professor in Engineering and Environmental Geology at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Indonesia. She was also a Fulbright Adjunct Professor in San Diego State University, USA from 2011 to 2012; and as the Leverhulme Professor in the Institute of Advanced Study – Bristol University, UK in 2003. She graduated with a PhD from the Department of Earth Sciences, at Leeds University, UK in 1996.

Her contributions to science have been internationally recognized by receiving the International Award from the International Consortium – United Nation International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) in 2011 and with her appointment as the Vice President for the International Consortium on Landslides, due to her innovative efforts in developing Community & Indigenous Technology-based for Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction.

Prof. Dwikorita said the new government arrangement of the Ministry that manages higher learning could be an opportunity for UGM to become socio entrepreneur university.

(with reports from UGM News)

UPLB to implement first offering of University Consortium Summer School in 2015

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The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), under the leadership of its new Chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., has committed to launch the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) Summer School on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia in July 2015. This was firmed up during the 27th UC Executive Board Meeting on 14 November 2014 at the New World Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.

The Summer School takes off from the pilot project on Food and Nutrition Security for Sustainable Development which was implemented by SEARCA in partnership with UPLB on 6-30 October 2014 (see related story).

However, the UPLB-hosted 2015 Summer School aimsto be a credit-earning Special Topics course under the UPLB Graduate School, which means students from abroad who registers in the summer course can get credit in an equivalent subject in their home university. Moreover, while foreign students will have to enroll at UPLB as non-degree students, the State University will endeavor to apply local rates for their tuition and other fees.

A workshop on Summer School course development will be conducted by UPLB during the early planning phase which will refine the SEARCA-developed course modules.

The Summer School is a post-graduate enhancement course that focuses the various concepts related to food and nutrition security in the context of sustainable development in Southeast Asia. It will be offered through a combination of class lectures, educational field trips, group work, and case study analysis.

University Consortium pushes for collaborative projects on food and nutrition security

27th UC Executive Board Meeting.27th UC Executive Board Meeting.

Recognizing the importance of attaining food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia, the six member-universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) have agreed to implement a number of collaborative projects to address this emerging concern in the region.

The said activities which likewise aim to further strengthen the partnership between and among UC members, were presented and approved on 14 November 2014 at the New World Hotel, Makati City, Philippines as part of the 27th UC Executive Board Meeting.

Collaborative activities include the conduct of an annual Postgraduate Course, an annual Graduate Forum, a dual degree undertaking, and research projects on food reserve management and policies, knowledge management on food and nutrition security, human resource development, halal food processing, fruits and vegetable post-harvest improvement, and indigenous crops production. Each research project will be spearheaded by a UC member from among Kasetsart University in Thailand, Institut Pertanian Bogor and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, University of the Philippines Los Baños, and SEARCA, with funding support from the University Consortium, the host university, and other local and international partners. On the other hand, Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo-NODAI) has expressed interest in funding as well as providing expertise (faculty and graduate students) to the researches that are of common interest with the Japanese university.

In the implementation of the said activities, the Executive Board likewise foresees the effective utilization of the UC student and faculty grants. At present, UC offers thesis grants, and student travel grants for research or for credit, while faculty members can apply for travel grants for research or for conference, and a grant for visiting professor for teaching purposes.

University Consortium Officers converge for annual meeting in the Philippines

Officials of the six member-universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) are expected to meet on 14 November 2014 at New World Hotel, Makati City, Philippines for its 27th Executive Board Meeting. This year’s meeting is hosted by SEARCA, which is also organizing the 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia on 12-13 November 2014 that the UC members will also be attending.

Read more: University Consortium Officers converge for annual meeting in the Philippines

SEARCA joins ICAFS 2014 as knowledge partner

SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. together with the organizers, co-sponsors, and knowledge-partners of ICAFS 2014SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. together with the organizers, co-sponsors, and knowledge-partners of ICAFS 2014

SINGAPORE, Singapore – As SEARCA embarks on its 10th Five-Year-Plan, it intensifies its effort to address the issue of food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia. It is in this context that SEARCA supported as knowledge partner the second International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS), which the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, organized on 21-22 August 2014 in Singapore. Led by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., the SEARCA delegation included heads of SEARCA’s core programs on Graduate Education and Institutional Development, Research and Development, and Knowledge Management namely, Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, and Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, respectively.

Read more: SEARCA joins ICAFS 2014 as knowledge partner

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