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

It is with great honour that Vancouver Community College (VCC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, assumes the role of UMAP International Secretariat for a five-year term (2021-2025) and we are excited to build upon successes completed to date. 

We look forward to continuing the great work of the UMAP IS, especially during the turbulent times we have experienced the past year as a result of COVID-19. We also look forward to expanding membership countries and participating institutions, building upon the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) system, and UMAP-COIL programs.  

With the generous support of Global Affairs Canada, we will be implementing a new scholarship program during our tenure that will support more higher education students, particularly those who do not traditionally engage in student mobility programs.

We would like to recognize the representatives from Thailand, in particular, Dr. Sumate Yamnoon for serving as UMAP Chairperson from 2019-2020, and thank the representatives from Toyo University for leading the UMAP IS with great rigor, enthusiasm, and integrity. Thank you for your tireless dedication, passion, and mission to building the UMAP consortium. Your work has brought the consortium to a new level of organization, administration, and growth. 

We would also like to welcome the incoming UMAP Board leaders and Chairperson, Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, DPA, incoming UMAP IS Chairperson, Commission on Higher Education, and ATTY Lily Frieda M. Milla, OIC Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Higher Education, National Secretariat for the Philippines.

We look forward to our term as UMAP IS where we can learn together in this new world environment for higher education, and build mobility programs with growing emphasis on sustainable development, equity, diversity and inclusion, and intercultural collaboration.  

Ajay Patel
Secretary General of UMAP International Secretariat
President, Vancouver Community College

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.