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The UPLB Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, conducted the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (UPLB-CGIAR) Collaboration Meeting on 20 June 2016, at Drilon Hall, SEARCA.
Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. formally opened the event by delivering his welcome remarks, emphasizing the need for collaboration and institutional linkages to strengthen the university’s internationalization efforts. It was then followed by the introduction of CGIAR Centers’ Representatives and UPLB participants, which was led by Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension.
Starting the discussion was Dr. Simplicio M. Medina, Director of the Office of Institutional Linkages, who talked about the responses of UPLB to the challenges in internationalizing the national university. According to Medina, internationalization is not an end itself but rather, a means to an end.
Dr. Dindo Campilan, the Regional Director Asia of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), was the first to present from the CGIAR centers. He talked about CIAT’s research agenda and CIAT and UPLB’s partnerships in the Philippines and Asia.
Introducing ICRAF Philippines and its different programs within the country and the Asia-Pacific region was Dr. Rodel Lasco, Senior Scientist and Country Coordinator of World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). On the other hand, the Communications Specialist for East and Southeast Asia of International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ms. Jules Mateo ended her discussion with a memorable line, “Better lives through livestock.”
Likewise, Dr. Nigel Preston, Director General of WorldFish Center, discussed anticipated advances, outcomes, and impacts of sustainable aquaculture research especially on farmed fish species like Tilapia, among others. Dr. Agustin Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator of Bioversity International, talked about working with CGIAR.
Dr. Bas Bouman, Director of the Global Rice Science Partnerships (GRiSP) program of IRRI, updated the participants on their current research agenda. Lastly, IRRI scientist and FSSP Coordinator, Dr. Madonna Casimero, talked about the partnership of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and IRRI in pursuing food staples sufficiency.
An important part of the program were the breakout sessions which allowed the discussion of future collaborations between the organizations present in the meeting. The plenary was divided into four groups. Dr. Eduardo Torres of the College of Veterinary Medicine chaired Group 1; Dr. Diomedes Racelis of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources chaired Group 2; Dr. Artemio Salazar of the Institute of Plant Breeding for Group 3; and finally, Dr. Jose Hernandez of the College of Agriculture for Group 4. Highlights and synthesis of the respective sessions were presented afterwards.
Dr. V. Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General of IRRI ended the meeting with a call for more collaboration in research and development.
About 110 participants attended the UPLB-CGIAR Collaboration Meeting.
An orientation on the Geographic Information System (GIS) and ArcGIS software was held at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) Annex Main Conference Room last 15 June 2016.
Geodata Systems Technologies Inc. (Geodata) conducted the orientation with the agenda of promoting the utilization of the ArcGIS Education Campus Site License Program (ESL). As a support to the PHiL-LIDAR 1 Project of UP-DOST and UPLB, Geodata made ArcGIS ESL available. This program aims to provide licenses to UPLB offices, increase the number of instructors capable of using GIS, and to maintain ESL at UPLB.
The orientation started at 9AM. The welcome remarks were given by Ms. Ruth Almario, Development Management Officer III, and head of the Project Development, Monitoring, and Evaluation Section (PDMES) of OVCRE.
Mr. Owen Lagunday, Industry Manager and Vertical Team Leader of Geodata, discussed GIS and the ArcGIS platform. “It puts together information and formation. It’s a powerful tool for mapping. It actually links data to geography,” he said.
After the discussion, Mr. Ricson Soriano, another representative from Geodata, demonstrated how to use the ArcGIS platform. An open forum followed the demo.
Students, faculty, and staff from the different colleges and units of UPLB attended the orientation. Free licenses were given to those who registered. Those who were not able to attend the orientation may still request a free license from PHiL-LIDAR.
As part of DSWD’s advocacy and commitment to provide comprehensive, holistic and responsive social welfare and development programs and services, the Department with the technical assistance grant from DFAT under Direct Funding Agreement No. 70507 enjoins all private and public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) interested in conducting mini-researches for DSWD with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as focused area of research. Details of the grant is further provided below:
Research Theme: Pantawid as Platform for Social Protection
Amount of each research grant: PhP 150,000 to a maximum of PhP 500,000 depending on research type and scope of the study
Duration: May 15, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Deadline of submission: June 10, 2016
Attached is the complete guidelines and implementing mechanism of the Call for Proposals relative to the timeline, content, qualification and institutional arrangement, eligibility and approval criteria for your information and ready reference.
The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, through its ASEAN University Network for University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN USR&S) Secretariat, will be holding its 3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference. This will be in collaboration with the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. The theme is "Universities in an Integrating Regional Community: Engagement with Government, Communities, Industries, and Civil Societies." The conference will be held from 21 to 23 November 2016 at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.
Academics and community engagement practitioners are invited to submit their abstracts which will be subject to a review by the conference Scientific Committee. Submissions may be made through the conference website at http://asiaengage.up.edu.ph/until 30 June 2016.
The conference will be an avenue to showcase your institution's sustainable community engagement initiatives and programs, especially those that are integrated into the curriculum. Should an abstract from your esteemed institution be chosen, this could also mean positive publicity for the faculty and university in the form of conference proceedings, highlights in the conference reports, and online publications and visibility.
Organizers are targeting 300-400 participants from across ASEAN and Asia, as well as about 150 papers and 100 posters to be presented. Key attendees would be from various influential international networks, such as the ASEAN University Network and many others.
The pre-registration fee for participants from the Philippines is PhP 8,000.00 inclusive of kits, certificates, snacks and lunch for three days, and dinner on the first night but exclusive of transportation, accommodation, breakfast, and dinner for the subsequent nights.
Attached are the details related to the call for papers. The link with the details related to format and criteria is: http://asiaengage.up.edu.ph/program/call-for-proposals.