altThe Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) has awarded six Student Thesis Grants this year to graduate students from the Kasetsart University (KU), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Through the UC Thesis Grant, each graduate scholar gets US$500 to fund their respective graduate research that falls within the strategic priorities of the consortium.

Food Security CenterFor 2013, the Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany awards up to 20 scholarships for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students for a period of 4 to 6 months. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration.

Dr. Michelle ParasoSEARCA Alumna, Dr. Michelle V. Paraso (PhD, environmental science, UPLB 2011) was recognized by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) as one of the ten Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) for 2012.

The OYS Award is given by NAST to deserving Filipino scientists not more than 40 years old, who have made significant impact onscience and technology.
NAST, the Philippine’s premier recognition and advisory body on science and technology, gave due acknowledgment to Dr. Paraso’s contributions to the field of environmental science, specifically her research on animal health and their impact onidentified environmental issues in the province of Laguna. This includes her research on the effects of environmental pollutants on fish health in Laguna de Bay, part of which was her PhD dissertation as a SEARCA scholar. Through her research, targeted interventions were made possible.

The recognition ceremony was held on 12 July 2012 at the Manila Hotel during NAST’s 34th Scientific Meeting. Each awardee received a plaque of recognition, certificate, and cash prize. The OYS awardees are also entitled to a research grant amounting to PHP500,000.00, upon approval of their proposal

The Southeast Asiaaltn University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources, or the University Consortium (UC) has announced its faculty and student grants for the year 2012. These grants aim to expand the academic and research opportunities available to UC faculty members and graduate students. Faculty members and students from participating members of the UC, namely: Institut Pertanian Bogor and Universitas Gadjah Mada both in Indonesia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kasetsart University in Thailand, University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of Queensland in Australia and Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan are eligible to apply for these grants.


The Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) recognized three SEARCA graduate alumni as outstanding agricultural engineers for 2012 during the recently concluded 62nd annual convention held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on 23-27 April 2012.

The updated list of courses for the Public Policy and Good Governance Program of the DAAD is now available through the links below:

Public Policy and Good Governance ( or the direct link

Conflict Studies and Management Programme

You can also visit the DAAD website for more information or click here to download ppt file.

The deadline for applications is July 31st. You may send your applications through the German Embassy at:

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For a time now, SEARCA has been known to be a leading training provider in the region; and this has been widely recognized specially by its graduate alumni. For the past three months, 15 SEARCA graduate alumni actively participated in several SEARCA-led learning events aimed at improving their technical and managerial competencies.

Dr. Arsenio BalisacanPhilippine President Benigno S. Aquino III recently appointed former SEARCA Director and alumnus Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan as acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Along with this appointment, Dr. Balisacan will also chair the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), and Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED). He will serve as vice-chair of the NEDA Board, the Philippines’ highest development planning and policy coordinating body chaired by the President.


altOn 12 April 2012, Dr. Clarissa Yvonne J. Domingo, an Associate Professor of the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine of CLSU and a 2009 SEARCA alumnus (PhD Research), was recognized as the 2012 OUTSTANDING FACULTY (LEVEL II) by the Central Luzon State University where she has been teaching for almost 29 years. Similarly, on 16 February 2012, she was also recognized as the 2012 PVMA OUTSTANDING VETERINARIAN IN EDUCATION during the 79th Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) Scientific Conference and Annual Convention held at the L’Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Dr. Musliar KasimAfter serving as Rector of Andalas University in West Sumatra Indonesia for more than six years, Prof. Dr. Musliar Kasim has been appointed by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as one of the Deputy Ministers of Education and Culture in October 2011. As part of the Second United Indonesian Cabinet, Dr. Kasim will be

in charge of the education component of the Ministry, while Dr. Wiendu Nuryanti is in charge of cultural affairs.

Dr. Kasim graduated with a PhD in Agronomy at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, in 1991 under the SEARCA - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship program. He holds an MS and BS from Institut Pertanian Bogor and Andalas University, respectively.