LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) organized a Mid-term Workshop for the ongoing ARD Book Writing Project on 1 December 2015 at the Sam-Arng Srinilta Room, SEARCA Headquarters.

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Another SEARCA alumnus has been appointed as a university chief executive in Indonesia. Prof. Dr. M. Maksum Mahfoedz (PhD and MS Agricultural Engineering, 1985-1989, 1982-1985) was officially sworn in as the new Rector of the University of Nahdlatul Ulama (UNU) Indonesia by General Chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Prof. Dr. KH Said Aqil Siroj on 10 July 2015. The elected rector Prof. Dr. Maksum said he envisions UNU Indonesia to become an outstanding university and the melting pot for the academic world, Islam, nationality, and struggle. “My attitude is sami'na wa atho'na, and will manage the UNU Indonesia based on the principle of collectivity or unity by effacing the ego position," he furthered.

Prior to his new appointment, Dr. Maksum was a professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Technology at the Universitas Gadjah Mada. He also served NU in various capacities including Chairman of the Central Board for five years. Dr. Maksum finished MS and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1985 and 1989, respectively.

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Dr. Rolando A. Delorino (MS Environmental Studies, UPLB 1986-1988) was appointed by the Philippines Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as the 6th President of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP). Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Chair, administered the oath in August 2015, after the Governing Board members of UEP voted unanimously in favor of Dr. Delorino. Within his term as President, Dr. Delorino aims to "enhance the relevance of UEP’s academic, research and extension programs in the light of national development thrusts and international standards; strengthen the University’s resource generation capacity in order to provide sustained support for the viable implementation of new and existing academic, research and extension programs, systems, procedures, and resources, in keeping with national thrusts on moral ascendancy; and broaden access to the University’s quality programs and services by the students, especially the poor but academically deserving, and the community."

searca alumna takes the reigns of bulacan state university

Dr. Cecilia N. Gascon (PhD Forestry, UPLB 1995-1998) was voted by the Bulacan State University (BulSU) Board of Regents as its new chief executive officer starting 1 September 2015. The oath-taking ceremony, administered by Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Chair, took place at the Central Office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on 11 August 2015, after the BOR elections.


With the theme “Food Security, Poverty Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation towards Sustainable Agricultural Productivity in Southeast Asia,” the conference focuses on knowledge sharing of initiatives towards the capacity building of small-holders in attaining food security, poverty reduction and climate change adaptation.

Starting Academic Year 2014-2015, a total of 40 Southeast Asians from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, has been given the opportunity to acquire higher education in agriculture, forestry and related sciences through SEARCA’s graduate scholarship program.

Majority of the scholars will be studying at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (28), while the rest will be at Universiti Putra Malaysia (4), Chiang Mai University (4), Kasetsart University (2), Khon Kaen University (1), and Institut Pertanian Bogor (1).

To upgrade the technical capacity of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) on the areas of livestock research and application of biotechnology, PCC partners with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to offer scholarships for qualified PCC officers and staff to undertake graduate education in biotechnology, bio-informatics, genomics, breeding and other related courses.

The SEARCA Scholars Association (SSA) based at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) elected their new set of officers for the Academic Year 2014-2015. The officers were formally inducted on 4 April 25, 2014 at the SEARCA Residence Hotel, Los Baños, Laguna.

A total of 19 SEARCA scholars are among the 256 graduate students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) who received their degrees during the 42nd commencement exercise on 26 April 2014.


LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma takes over the reins of SEARCA’s Graduate Scholarship Program effective 15 January 2014, replacing Dr. Editha C. Cedicol, who retired after almost 28 years of service at SEARCA, as the department’s Program Head. As head, Dr. Cuaresma will lead all initiatives and projects under the Center’s Graduate Scholarship Program, including its Institutional Development Assistance (IDA) Program, the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), Food Security Center project with the University of Hohenheim, Germany, European Union (EU)-funded Exchange by Promoting Quality Education, Research, and Training in South and Southeast Asia (ExPERTS) Consortium, and the Southeast Asian Uplands Fellowship Project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.