UMAP is the acronym for the “University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific”. Founded in 1991, it is a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education (university) sector.

The general aim of UMAP is for each of the countries and territories in the Asia- Pacific region to achieve a better understanding of the cultural, economic and social systems of the other countries and territories in the region through enhanced cooperation among higher education institutions and increased mobility of university students and staff.

Message from the Chairperson

On behalf of the UMAP Thailand National Secretariat, it is my great honor and pleasure serving as a UMAP Chairperson to work with colleagues in UMAP network. I pledge support to foster UMAP development and strengthen our networks to be beneficial for all. Our main goal is to enhance students and staff competencies and multicultural awareness through quality mobility programs. I would, therefore, like to urge all of us to maximize and mobilize resources and expertise to enhance quality and standards of higher education in the region.

Since its inception, UMAP has progressed and provided opportunities to students and staff to develop and broaden their perspectives through cross-border mobility programs and a collaboration network in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. With that being said, UMAP and the younger generation are facing the rapid and disruptive changes, particularly in technological, employment, and cultural aspects. Hence, it is crucial for UMAP and our networks to keep pace with these changes to make sure that learners can reflect and reinvent through all their lives.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to every UMAP member countries and partners for your contribution, collaboration, and constructive efforts that make UMAP flourishes and stands the test of time. My appreciation also goes to the Toyo University as the UMAP International Secretariat for your kind and continuous support to these network and programs. I am confident that the network of UMAP will stretch wide and far with our concerted effort.

Dr. Sumate Yamnoon
Chairperson, UMAP
Former Secretary-General for Higher Education Commission,
Office of the Permanent Secretary for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation,
Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand

Message from the
Secretary General

Thank you very much for your interest in UMAP. UMAP is an innovative organization that facilitates student mobility in the Asia-Pacific region.

By the end of March 2020, we had several exciting developments in our membership: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Kyrgyz, Macau, Mongolia and U.S.A., became Full Members of UMAP. The number of Full Members has increased from 9 to 22 since Toyo University took on the role of UMAP International Secretariat in 2016, allowing even broader student exchange mobility.

Our new online application, placement and database system, UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System, was also launched in August 2018. Since then, the number of participating institutions in Program A&B has reached over a hundred.

The UMAP research fund for faculties will continue to facilitate academic mobility and collaboration, and promote effective interaction and exchange among scholars, researchers, and educators across cultures.

In addition, UMAP-COIL Program has been started in 2019 with the support of 2018-2022 Inter-University Exchange Project promoted by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology).

My deep appreciation goes to Malaysia for serving as the Chair country these past four years (2015 – 2018), and successfully passing on this role to the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand.

As the UMAP International Secretariat, we fully recognize the enormity of the task of promoting UMAP activities both in quantity and quality, and shall thus continue to work to increase student mobility as well as to ensure the quality of UMAP programs.

It is our privilege and honor to serve as the International Secretariat of UMAP.

Thank you.

Etsuko Yaguchi
Secretary General
UMAP International Secretariat
President, Toyo University

Organization of UMAP

The UMAP Board comprises all members and it shall determine the policies and the main lines of work for the smooth and effective operation of UMAP. The Secretariat of UMAP is called the UMAP International Secretariat. It is responsible for the management and administration of the day-to-day operations of UMAP and serves as the liaison for the member secretariats. Each member country/territory sets up a National Secretariat to be the chief point of contact in its country/territory and to be responsible for the promotion and development of the UMAP Exchange Programs.

UMAP Membership

UMAP currently comprises 35 countries/territories with over 570 member universities. Its membership is open to countries/territories in the Asia-Pacific region.
Member countries/territories can be represented by government higher education departments or ministries, individual universities, university umbrella organizations, or a combination of these. Individuals are not eligible for membership.

Eligible Countries/ Territories

The following is the list of countries/territories eligible for UMAP membership. All accredited public and private universities in these countries/territories are eligible to participate in UMAP Exchange Programs once they sign up as a participating university with the UMAP International Secretariat(*).

(*) Their country/territory has to be a Full member of UMAP.


Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region are eligible to join upon approval by the UMAP Board.