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23 December 2015

Big Achievements on a Small Budget

Key Project Accomplishments

  • Establishment of a new regional HESA network in Southeast Asia with national nodes that have initiated or increased cooperation among partners on HESA national planning for higher agricultural education as well as national and regional research collaboration.
  • High level interest and participation among senior university administrators, academics, civil society/NGO, government, ASEAN Secretariat officials, UN and other partners in public meetings, seminar discussions, policy dialogues, document drafting and longer term planning about HESA related concerns in Thailand, Laos and the Philippines.
    Partnerships with some senior government advisors and ASEAN officials who are interested in the main outputs of our Project (Policy Briefs) and will consider the analysis and recommendations as reference or resource materials in national or regional planning.
  • Added public exposure to HESA ideas in special academic seminars at 2 universities in the Philippines and one in Indonesia (also broadcast world-wide as a webinar) which were warmly received. These were attended by senior administrators, faculty and students. In one case the President, Professor Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) utilized some information discussed at a seminar to help formulate priorities in a new academic teaching and research plan just being drafted.
  • Three key outputs (Final Draft Policy Briefs from each Expert Group in Laos, the Philippines and Thailand) based on intensive national consultations, research and writing by partners. Once published these will be useable documents of value to governments in policy formulation and planning as well as academics or university administrators to support institutional reform, teaching, new research and service.