MANILA, Philippines?Thirteen Southeast Asian nationals received a German Academic Exchange Service (Daad) scholarship grant through Searca to pursue their graduate studies at the UP Los Baños and UP Diliman for SY2010/2011.
The German Academic Exchange Service or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (Daad) is one of the consistent partners of Searca?s human resource development program. Daad started assisting Searca in 1975, providing a total of 324 Southeast Asians with Daad-Searca scholarship grants. Of this total, 301 have successfully completed their study programs.
The scholars who received the most recent Daad-Searca scholarship grants are:
* Mr. Tho Kim Eang, Cambodia ? MS in Plant Pathology/UPLB
* Mr. Daud Samsudewa, Indonesia ? PhD in Animal Science/UPLB
* Ms. Yin Yin Nwet, Myanmar ? MS in Agricultural Economics/UPLB
* Ms. Khin Thanda Oo, Myanmar ? PhD in Horticulture/UPLB
* Ms. Aisa O. Manlosa, Philippines ? MS in Environmental Science/UPLB
* Mr. Rey B. Lara, Philippines ? MS in Urban and Regional Planning/UPD
* Mr. Kenneth A. Laruan, Philippines ? PhD in Forestry/UPLB
* Mr. Natalino B. Martins, Timor-Leste ? MS in Animal Science/UPLB
* Mr. Afonso Alves DJ Candido, Timor-Leste ? MPA in Local Governance and Development/UPLB
* Ms. Ana Jeannie Magno de Corte-Real Araujo, Timor-Leste ? Non-degree in Agronomy/UPLB
* Mr. Ergilio F. Vicente, Timor-Leste ? Non-degree in Community Development/UPLB
* Mr. Mario Jose Morais, Timor-Leste ? Non-degree in Animal Science/UPLB
* Mr. Quyen Dinh Ha, Vietnam ? PhD in Community Development/UPLB
In behalf of the other scholars, Manlosa said: ?As an Environmental Science student, I learn about the big divide between the developed and developing countries. But in my personal life, through the scholarship that Daad has awarded to me, I see how you have endeavored to reach out to us to achieve equity among nations, to create opportunities through which we can hope for a better future, through which we can make our dreams come true, through which we can determine our own choices.?
?If we are able to see farther than we have seen before, it is because of the pedestal that you have built and provided for us to stand on. You may not be able to change everything there is to change, but for each one of us, you have made a very significant difference. Our deepest gratitude for that.?
The ceremonial handing over of grants was held on 24 August 2010 at the Deutsche Bank Seminar Room of the UP Diliman School of Economics.
The ceremony was attended by: Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan (Dean of UP School of Economics and Daad-Searca alumnus); Dr. Ruperto P. Alonzo (Director, Public Affairs, UP School of Economics); Mr. Jürgen Thomas Schrod (First Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany); Prof. Wystan de la Peña (Chair, Department of European Languages, UPD); and Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba (Searca Deputy Director for Administration, representing Searca Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.).
Apart from the Searca grants, Daad offers further scholarship programs in the Philippines. The major programs comprise scholarships for postgraduate courses in Germany (Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries; Public Policy and Good Governance), and research grants for doctorates and post doctorates. Short-term scholarships also include summer courses for students, study visits, and internships for students of natural sciences in Germany (to name a few).
The Daad office for the Philippines is located at UP Diliman, Department of European Languages.