By jtabangcura - Posted on 10 May 2017

 

BSU faculty and staff led by President Feliciano G. Calora, Jr. pose for posterity with Zacyl Jalotjot and Blessie P. Saez of the SEARCA-Graduate and Institutional Development Department after the SEARCA scholarship orientation program on May 3, 2017 at the BSU AdCor. (Inset) Jalotjot and Saez answers questions regarding qualifications for SEARCA scholarship applicants.

In the recent years, there was a noted decrease of Filipino applicants to scholarships offered by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

This was according to Zacyl R. Jalotjot of the SEARCA-Graduate and Institutional Development Department. Jalotjot with her colleague, Blessie P. Saez met with several BSU faculty and staff on May 3, 2017 to invite SEARCA scholarship applicants.

“We try as much as we can to go to schools for orientation programs in order to invite more applicants,” added Jalotjot.

SEARCA offers full Master’s and PhD scholarship and PhD research scholarship. Aside from technical fields in agriculture, the center also supports fields in social science. These are mostly funded by European countries.

One of the application requirements is an IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL score of 550 for paper-based, 213 for computer based, and 80 for Internet-based test. Saez clarified that since the IELTS and TOEFL examination can be costly, these can be taken after being qualified for SEARCA scholarship.

“Once you are a SEARCA scholar, it will not stop there. As an SEARCA alumni, you will be invited to trainings and will receive additional support for research. We have SEARCA Alumni Regional Centers and SEARCA gives support when they organize conferences,” said Jalotjot.

Dr. Janet S. Luis, Dr. Cipriano C. Consolacion, Dr. Romeo A. Gomez, Dr. Marissa R. Parao and Dr. Kenneth C. Laruan are among the BSU faculty who are SEARCA Alumni.//JSTabangcura