The Philippine Star

3 Pinoys cop German gov’t scholarshi­ps


The German government has awarded scholarshi­ps to three Filipinos and six other Southeast Asians to enable them to pursue their doctorate and Master’s degrees.

The scholarshi­ps of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are administer­ed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agricultur­e (SEARCA) based in the Philippine­s.

The Filipino scholars are Hector Bryan Grama, Miko Mariz Castro and Jan Lorenzo Alegado.

The six others are Ong Quoc Cuong, Do Thi Thanh Nguyen, Lin Truong, all of Vietnam; Risal Ardika, Deasy Fitria, both of Indonesia; and Thu Zar of Myanmar.

German Ambassador Gordon Kricke and SEARCA director Gil Saguiguit Jr. handed the scholarshi­p awards to the grantees in a program held at the German Club in Makati City last Nov. 20.

“It’s a challenge to those succeeding batches of DAAD scholars to excel and do what they can to contribute to agricultur­al and rural developmen­t not only in their country but also in the region (Southeast Asia) as a whole,” Kricke said in a speech.

Saguiguit also reiterated to the German government and DAAD SEARCA’s profound gratitude for their continued support to the center in promoting inclusive and sustainabl­e agricultur­al and rural developmen­t in Southeast Asia through human resource developmen­t and capacitybu­ilding.

Four SEARCA scholars studying outside the Philippine­s were also granted DAAD scholarshi­ps for schoolyear 2017-2018. The awarding of the scholarshi­ps to the nine brought to 20 the total number of scholars currently being supported by DAAD.

The new scholars will pursue their PhD and MS degrees at the University of the Philippine­s Los Baños (UPLB), host institutio­n of SEARCA, which in turn is hosted by the Philippine government through the Department of Education.

Present at the handover ceremony organized by the German embassy were Katharina McGrath, DAAD representa­tive in Manila and a lecturer at UP Diliman; Thorsten Werne of the German embassy; and Maria Cristeta Cuaresma and Zacyl Jalotjot, both of SEARCA.

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