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

Sawasdee and Happy New Year 2019 to all members. As the festive moods are high, I wish you all a promising and successful year filled with happiness, good health, and lots of energy to accomplish whatever you do.

Thailand was one of the founding members of UMAP and has played an active role in enhancing and progressing UMAP projects and activities since the very beginning. Thailand hosted the UMAP International Secretariat from 2006 to 2010 and served as UMAP Chair in 1998. Now, it is our pleasure and honour to have an opportunity to serve as UMAP Chair for the year 2019 to 2020.

Serving as Chair will allow us to collaborate closely with UMAP members to enhance multicultural understanding and people-to-people connectivity among member countries/territories and beyond.

UMAP has been recognized as a major global platform to broaden the horizons and enhance cross-cultural understanding of the young generation across the continent. However, the young will be confronting greater challenges than their parents do as consequences of the new normal and many more.

But one thing is certain – that is OHEC and the UMAP International Secretariat will continue to make our best efforts to further strengthen the cordial ties and expand cooperation within and beyond the region, particularly the promotion of people-to-people connectivity. We, therefore, have to keep ourselves updated and motivated to stay abreast of changes in this dynamic world. Let’s tighten our bonds to address the challenges and empower the young to survive in the VUCA world- the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity world.

I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all UMAP members for their constant contributions and support to make the exchange programs more worthwhile. I also wish to convey our thanks and appreciation to Toyo University for its tireless efforts and remarkable achievements over the past three years of serving as UMAP International Secretariat. With consistent pace of work and collaborative efforts of UMAP members, I believe, our targeted goal would be achieved. Thailand solemnly promises we will make our utmost effort to contribute to the continued success of UMAP.

Ms. Chadarat Singhadechakul
Chairperson, UMAP
Assistant Secretary General
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.

In 2018 we had several exciting developments in our membership: Cambodia, Canada, China, Kyrgyz, Laos and New York State, U.S.A., became Full Members of UMAP, and Mongolia returned to Full Member status .The number of Full Members has increased from 9 to 19 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. I believe that re-establishment of the USCO system is an important step in providing friendly access to students and institutions. We will continue to focus on making our programs visible, accountable and systematic.

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.

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 Higher Education Commission (OHEC).

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.

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.