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Call for Papers

Internationalization of Graduate Education for Agricultural and Rural Development (IGEARD) International Conference

22-23 November 2016. Manila, Philippines

Organized by the Graduate School, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)

Theme: Internationalization of Graduate Education towards Inclusive and Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

The internationalization of graduate education has caused impact on higher education institutions to rethink new approaches, policies and initiatives in their offering graduate programs especially those that gear towards agricultural and rural development. This is evident on how they recruit students, provide opportunities for faculty and student exchange programs, hire international faculty members and establish academic collaboration and cooperation in research and development with universities and research institutions abroad. Academic programs undergo revisions to be innovative, highlight interdisciplinary collaboration and contribute to inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.

However, while internationalization of graduate education has benefits, there are costs that might result including brain drain of agriculture human resources and the inequitable access and unequal opportunities in the agricultural sector. Indeed, the impact of internationalization of graduate education on the development of agriculture and rural sector is a major issue that merits discussion.

The Internationalization of Graduate Education for Agricultural and Rural Development (IGEARD)

International Conference aims to gather scholars and practitioners to examine the underlying incentives, institutions, innovations and practices that promote or impede the internationalization of graduate education as it harness agriculture and rural development. Organized by the Graduate School, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the conference endeavors to shed light on and draw insights from initiatives and strategies that higher education institutions and education systems have pursued in internationalizing graduate education in agriculture and related disciplines, namely, the food and non-food value chains relating to agriculture, forestry, food and natural resources, with due regard to rural development and the environment.

Abstract of Papers and Proposed Session

• The conference welcomes the submission of abstract of papers and proposals for sessions on the following topics:

• Internationalization of agriculture graduate curriculum

• International student and faculty mobility: trends, patterns, issues and challenges

• Issues and prospects of establishing interdisciplinary joint and dual/double degree programs; cross-border/transnational graduate programs in agriculture and related disciplines

• Enhancing interdisciplinary graduate programs for agricultural and rural development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and risk reduction

• Graduate educational reforms and innovations in agriculture academic programs

• Agriculture graduate program quality assurance, access and equity issues

• Brain drain and migration of agriculture, science and technology human resources

• Sustainable development, ensuring food security and the challenge of agriculture human resource development

• Maximizing opportunities of university partnerships in science and technology, research and development

• Enriching graduate students’ experience and learning outcomes

• Enhancing lifelong learning and employability of agriculture graduates

• Agribusiness management and entrepreneurship and agriculture industry-university partnership

• Agricultural university leadership and governance issues and challenges

Deadline of Submission of Abstract of Papers: July 15, 2016

All abstracts of papers and proposals for sessions (maximum of 300 words) should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before July 15, 2016. Submitted abstracts should include three to five keywords. It should be accompanied by the presenting author’s abbreviated curriculum vitae (CV) in about 100 words.

A notice of acceptance will be issued on August 15, 2016 to presenting authors. They will be notified of the conference fees, instructions, presentation guidelines and other details.

The full version of accepted papers is due on September 15, 2016. It will be included in the conference proceeding and will be considered for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal, subject to revisions, suggestions and comments of an editorial board.

For inquiries about the IGEARD international conference, please contact the UPLB Graduate School at telephone number (63-49) 536-3414. Inquiries can also be sent to the organizing committee chair through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The IGEARD International Conference Program

A welcome dinner and cultural night will be hosted on November 22, 2016. The opening program, plenary and parallel paper presentations will be held in the second day – November 23. Optional guided tours will be organized for local and international participants on November 24.

The Crop Science Cluster of UPLB’s College of Agriculture, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) High Value Commercial Crops (HVCC) Program, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), and the Philippine Agriculture Resources Research Foundation Inc. (PARRFI) held a training course on tissue culture of selected crops on 25-29 January 2016 at the Plant Tissue Culture Facility, UPLB.

Composed of directors of the DA from Regions II, IV-A, IV-B, VI, X, and the director of Davao National Crop Research and Development Center of the Bureau of Plant Industry, the training course catered to the needs of its participants to produce high-yielding and virus-free crops that can help farmers increase their income.

“Well, the objectives of this training course is to refresh the personnel of these different tissue culture [facilities] on the techniques with tissue culture of selected crops [for] there are things that they might forget in doing such, as you know tissue culture is a technique-oriented system.,” explained Dr. Rene Rafael C. Espino, a professor of UPLB College of Agriculture and the project leader of the said training course.

The different regions have their own Plant Tissue Culture Facility established by the DA through the HVCC Program. However, Dr. Espino said that these tissue culture facilities need improvements in terms of production.\

“Meron sila, pero kakaunti lang napoproduce, training ng tao ang kulang so we crafted that particular training course,” he said in an interview.

The organizers of the training course plan to include State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) who also have tissue culture facilities in the trainings. However, they maintained that these SUC facilities should be focused on further research and innovation, in addition to serving as avenues for the education of students of agriculture and other related fields.

Moreover, the UPLB College of Agriculture plans to develop new protocols for other crops that have not been processed under tissue culture. Researchers have already initiated studies on the tissue culture of cassava, aloe vera, and stevia. To date, orchids, coconuts, and bananas already have their own protocol in place.

“In the end, the training course received positive reviews from its participants for they have learned so much and the delegates learned new techniques in tissue culture,” Dr. Espino added

18 May 2016

Series of 2016

TO:                    All Faculty, REPS and Staff

SUBJECT:          Call for Applications: OVCRE Publication Grant Program

FROM:              REX B. DEMAFELIS
                          Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension

We are pleased to inform you that the OVCRE Publication Grant Program is now accepting applicants.

Under the DA-BAR funded project titled "Catalyzing UPLB's Status as a Research University," OVCRE aims to enhance the university's publications through providing editorial and monetary assistance to quality but unpublished research.

The Publication Grant Program is open to all faculty and REPS and staff with unpublished thesis and dissertations; as well as unpublished research results from completed projects in the last five years. The Program covers writing and editorial services; journal matching service; and Publication Fee Assistance.

Application form and guidelines are available at the Downloads Section of the OVCRE website (ovcre.uplb.edu.ph). Accomplished form and attachments may be submitted on or before 30 June 2016 at the OVCRE Annex to Ms. Lot B. Pua.

Thank you very much!

The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST Philippines), in partnership with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE-UPLB), and the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB-UPLB) of UPLB’s College of Agriculture held a Science and Technology (S&T) Policy Forum themed “From Monocrops to Systems: What is an Appropriate Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDDD) Approach” at the IPB Seminar Room on 07 April, 2016.


Academician Ruben L. Villareal, who served as the forum’s moderator and master of ceremonies, delivered NAST Vice President Academician Fabian M. Dayrit’s welcome remarks. UPLB Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Rex B. Demafelis also gave a short opening message for the forum.


Before the speakers began their respective presentations, Academician Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., Chair of the Agricultural Sciences Division of NAST Philippines, explained the forum’s objectives. He emphasized the need to transition from doing monoculture to developing and utilizing multi-cropping farming systems to increase productivity and feed the world’s ever-increasing population.


Dr. Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang, Deputy Director for Development at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) discussed “Rural Transformation through Community Rice-Based Farming Systems” which showcased the various projects of PhilRice throughout the country.


Dr. Artemio M. Salazar, Research Professor from IPB-UPLB talked about the country’s corn industry during his presentation entitled “From Monocrop to Cropping System: Appropriate RDDD Approach… The Case for Corn.”


Mr. Ramon L. Rivera, Deputy Administrator of the Research, Development, and Extension Branch of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) shared the different farming systems being used and explored by the PCA in his talk “Coconut-based Farming Systems: The PCA Experience.”


Academician Rafael D. Guerrero III, a member of the Agricultural Sciences Division of NAST Philippines, discussed the “Research and Development Needs for Aqua-based Farming Systems.”


The speakers entertained questions and insights from the audience, which included National Scientist Teodulo M. Topacio Jr., National Scientist Ricardo M. Lantican, Academician Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, Academician Emil Q. Javier, Academician Libertado C. Cruz, and Corresponding Member Reynaldo L. Villareal, during the open forum.


2012 Outstanding Young Scientist Dr. Marcos B. Valdez Jr., Professor and Research Fellow at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila, delivered the forum’s summary and synthesis.


To formally close the event, National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez delivered her closing remarks.

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