The British Council, together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), awarded 8 Filipino researchers Newton PhD Scholarships of the Newton Agham Programme. The scholarship covers a full-time PhD at a UK higher education institution (HEI).
The first batch of scholars include researchers from various HEIs all over the country: Sheen Mclean Cabañeros, University of Santo Tomas; Peter Paolo Rivera, Marine Science Institute; John Dale Dianala, National Institute of Geological Sciences; Kevin Jace Miranda from Adamson University; Luiza Galarion, UP Diliman; Patrick Simon Perillo, Ateneo de Manila University; Jhud Mikhail Aberilla, University of the Philippines Diliman; and Dave Buenavista, Central Mindanao University.
Research topics include studies on the earthquake cycle, air pollution modelling, and potentials of indigenous plants found in the Mindanao region.
An initiative of the British Council, the Newton Agham Programme supports researchers and HEIs in various countries, with the objective of expanding the capacity of researchers and building long-lasting links between the UK and the Philippines. The program provides 3 million GBP yearly starting this 2016.
The ultimate aim for CHED is to invest in the best faculty in staff by sending them to training programs abroad so that they may come back and use their expertise and specializations in supplementing the existing deficiencies in Philippine sectors and communities.