For five decades, IRRI has provided a place for scientists and future leaders in rice research to learn. Since 1964, over 15,000 scientists have undergone training at IRRI to conduct rice research.
The IRRI Training Center includes a 40-person mini-auditorium equipped with several computers with Internet connection, a 35-person activity room, and a studio room for recording and video-editing purposes.
The Center is housed in M.S. Swaminathan Hall, formerly known as Dorm IV, and was completed in 1985. It houses the Training Center on the first floor and the upper floors serve as a dormitory for scholars, trainees, and other guests. The building was named after Dr. Monkombu S. Swaminathan, a former Director General of IRRI (1982-1988), and was dedicated on 21 December 1987.