Director Ping-Lang Yen and Associate Professor Yu-Hua Chen Attended the First Faculty Forum at SEARCA

  • 2019-09-27
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Ping-Lang Yen, Director of the Education and Research Center for Bio-Industrial Automation and Yu-Hua Chen, Associate Professor of the Department of Bio-Industry Communication and Development attended the First Faculty Forum,
co-hosted by the SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Sixty-six faculties from eight member universities and two associate member universities (National Taiwan University and Tokyo University of Agriculture) gathered at the SEARCA Headquarters on 23-24 July 2019. The Forum provided a venue for faculty members from the UC to come together, exchange research ideas and develop strategic partnerships for collaborations. With the theme on Responding to the Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, there were 4 plenary speakers and 43 papers presented in parallel sessions under 4 sub-themes, including Climate Change, Food Security, Graduate Education, and Rural Development. Director Yen and Associate Professor Chen presented papers entitled as “Intelligent Agriculture Education and Research Development” and “Export Strategy for Overcoming Rural Depopulation and Promoting Regional Revitalization: An Example of Lettuce Production,” respectively. In addition, there were two roundtable sessions that discussed possible key areas of strategic collaboration among the UC members. Several panelists suggested that the UC should use its influence to be an advocacy group for policies that would prioritize the agriculture sector or benefit the small holder farmers in the Southeast Asia.