The Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) will be jointly offered by the five-member universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC); these are Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the Philippines, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), both in Indonesia.
The MS FSCC involves a compulsory mobility of students within the UC. Thus, each MS FSCC student will be enrolled in two universities, be supervised jointly by professors from these universities, and have a joint thesis defense. The ERASMUS+ funding also provides for excellent students to go on mobility to the EU partners, and for EU students to go on mobility to the UC member universities. The students will also attend summer schools that will serve as enhancement courses for the MS FSCC.
The project will bring together the five leading Southeast Asian higher education institutions in agriculture and life sciences from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia to build an international graduate degree on the topic of Food Security and Climate Change.
The Joint Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change will help develop a critical mass of high-quality, next generation of interdisciplinary professionals able to address the imposing challenges posed by climate change and food security in their country and the region.
The MS FSCC project will experiment a new joint degree between five (5) members of the UC taking inspiration from the Erasmus + joint degree model, including a market needs assessment, a new curriculum and educational programme, compulsory mobility of students in at least two universities, co-supervision of thesis and joint degree at the end.