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06-Nov-2019

Conference on UMAP as a Platform for Academic Mobility: Home-Based Internationalization, Part II

Conference on UMAP as a Platform for Academic Mobility: Home-Based Internationalization, Part II

The Commission on Higher Education and the UMAP Philippines Council co-hosted the conference on “UMAP as a Platform for Academic Mobility: Home-based Internationalization, Part II” on 23-24 October 2019 at Novotel, Cubao, Quezon City.

The conference provided a multidisciplinary forum to discuss the prime movers of academic mobility, look beyond the standard full-program or semester-based study abroad mobility and focus on the benefits of internationalization “at home,” understand the complex phenomenon and identify emerging issues and trends of student mobility here and abroad, and increase awareness on the future scenario of academic mobility among UMAP members and the accelerated pace of change in international education.

The UMAP conference was attended by 120 participants from UMAP member HEIs, UMAP Philippines Council Board, resource speakers from Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, and CHED officials.

CHED Commissioner, Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag emphasized that the role of the CHED and the UMAP is to make Internationalization of higher education an integration of intercultural learning accessible to students especially through campus based or home-based internationalization programs which requires commitment towards this endeavor.

Dr. Lourdes Nepomuceno, President of UMAP Council Philippines, stated that both the CHED and UMAP are the hub of relevant and meaningful Internationalization and the sharing from speakers can help HEIs appreciate and put into focus campus-based internationalization.

Dr. Donludee Jaisut from Kasetsart University, Thailand gave tips on internationalization. She said that first, find your expertise and be ranked accordingly; second, design international programs for students to choose ranging from bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or PhD; third, be prepared to have competitive buildings and facilities; fourth, an international dormitory is required if you want to house inbound foreign students and fifth, choose partner universities for exchange programs which may either be short term or long term, like research collaborations.

Ms. Naoko Kimoto from UMAP International Secretariat Japan enlightened the participants on the easy way to get into Programs A&B, Program C and the Research Net. She informed the body that there are UMAP Scholarships given by the Japanese government for short term and semester long courses, while the Taiwanese government offers scholarship for semester long courses.

25-Sep-2019

Revised UCTS Users’ Guide

We would like to announce a newly revised UMAP Credit Transfer Scheme  (UCTS) User Guide. 
The document is available for download here: http://umap.org/ucts/

Below are some of the key points in the revised UCTS Users’ Guide:

  • Change of application procedure by the introduction of a new online system, the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) system.
  • Revision of “Introduction a”, which has been rewritten by Dr. Hotta adding historical explanation of UCTS and its relationship with the newly introduced Asian Academic Credits (AACs).
  • The sample for “Pledge of Agreement” has been updated with a new version.

05-Sep-2019

Start of Student Application for the 2nd Cycle of Program A&B 2019-2 (Spring 2020)

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2019-2 (for Spring Semester 2020)

 

We are pleased to announce that the second cycle of student applications for Program A&B 2019-2 (Spring 2020 study abroad programs) has started. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please review the information on the website (https://usco.umap.org) about the programs’ contents, length, available credits, language requirement, and fees before applying.

Students of those institutions that participate in the 2nd cycle are able to apply for programs offered by other participating institutions. The list of eligible universities/institutions can be checked from this link (here).

Beginning the previous program, all transactions in the application procedure, such as submission of student applications, nominations by home universities/institutions, and acceptance or refusal by host institutions, have been completed using the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System.

To apply, the following three steps need to be completed by September 19th, 2019:

REGISTRATION — Students should create an account on the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System by registering their email address and password (https://usco.umap.org/std/). For more information about the USCO System, students can check the Student User Manual through this link (http://umap.org/usco/#students-manual). 

APPLICATION — Students complete the Application Form in the USCO System for up to five preferred programs by filling out necessary items and click “Save and Submit”. The USCO System will automatically inform the UMAP coordinators at the home university/institution that an application has been submitted. The nomination deadline for UMAP Coordinators at your home institution is September 19th 2019; therefore, you need to submit your application according to the adapted schedule of your home institution.

NOMINATION  Coordinators log into the USCO System and check the applications they have received, and nominate up to two students by clicking “Approve as Program A”. Nomination should be completed by September 19th 2019.
If they would like to nominate more than two students, please refer to the below notes.

For more information on USCO System, please refer to the User Manual (http://umap.org/usco/#institutions-manual).

Please note;
1.  For Program A-Tuition waived exchange students: Institutions can nominate up to two (2) students per semester; however, institutions that have accepted additional students in the past are able to nominate additional students according to their Quota.

2.  For Program B-Tuition non-waived exchange students: Institutions can also nominate additional students for Program B if they do not have Quotas available for nominating them additionally for Program A. Following the placement period, host institutions notify accepted students about whether they will study abroad on a tuition-waived or non-waived basis.

If you have any questions about the application procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

We look forward to receiving additional applications!

05-Aug-2019

New Full Membership Country: USA

USA has recently become a Full Member of UMAP.


・National Secretariat: 
James Madison University
Contact: Mrs. Taryn Roberts 
Position: Director of Study Abroad at the Center for Global Engagement
Institution: James Madison University
・Address: 100 E. Grace St., MSC 5731, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Email: robertte@jmu.edu
Website: https://www.jmu.edu/global/


All accredited public and private institutions in USA will now be eligible to participate in UMAP Exchange Programs once they sign up as a participating university with the UMAP International Secretariat.

Procedures on how to join UMAP can be found in the following link:
http://umap.org/prospective-members/

We look forward to welcoming you to our network!

04-Jul-2019

UMAP International Conference 2019

Join us for a special UMAP International Conference!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM (followed by a reception)

 

The 2019 UMAP International Conference will be hosted by Thailand as the Chair country and will form part of the SEA-HiEd Week.
https://sea-hiedweek.com/umap-intercontinental-symposium/

 

More details will be coming soon!

 

In the meantime, watch our promotional videos!
http://umap.org/umap-video/

04-Jul-2019

ASEAN EU Credit Transfer System Capacity Building: Two-day Workshop

Manila, 19-20 June 2019 – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Philippines in coordination with European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN region (SHARE) conducted a two-day workshop of ASEAN EU Credit Transfer System Capacity Building for SHARE universities.

A representative from UMAP was invited to the workshop to present UMAP Credit Transfer Scheme.


Materials are available on the website:

https://www.share-asean.eu/news/building-regional-recognition-create-more-synergies-–-aects-capacity-building

Overview of the workshop (video):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jGCQGGFnJvBkVP6eF5gi7cGMnAzWaM6Z/view

14-Jun-2019

Start of Student Application for the 1st Cycle of Program A&B 2019-2 (Spring 2020)

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2019-2 (for Spring Semester 2020),

 

We are pleased to announce that the first cycle of student applications for Program A&B 2019-2 (Spring 2020 study abroad programs) has started. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please review the information on the website (https://usco.umap.org) about the programs’ contents, length, available credits, language requirement, and fees before applying.

 

Students of those institutions that participate in the 1st cycle are able to apply for programs offered by other participating institutions. The list of eligible universities/institutions can be checked here.

 

Beginning the previous program, all transactions in the application procedure, such as submission of student applications, nominations by home universities/institutions, and acceptance or refusal by host institutions, have been completed using the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System.

 

To apply, the following three steps need to be completed by July 10, 2019:

 

REGISTRATION — Students should create an account on the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System by registering their email address and password (https://usco.umap.org/std/). For more information about the USCO System, students can check the Student User Manual through this link (http://umap.org/usco/#students-manual). 

 

APPLICATION — Students complete the Application Form in the USCO System for up to five preferred programs by filling out necessary items and click “Save and Submit”. The USCO System will automatically inform the UMAP coordinators at the home university/institution that an application has been submitted. The application deadline for UMAP Coordinators at your home institution is July 10, 2019; therefore, you need to submit your application according to the adapted schedule of your home institution.

 

NOMINATION  Coordinators log into the USCO System and check the applications they have received, and nominate up to two students by clicking “Approve as Program A”. Nomination should be completed by July 10, 2019.
If they would like to nominate more than two students, please refer to the below notes.

 

For more information on USCO System, please refer to the User Manual (http://umap.org/usco/#institutions-manual).

 

Please note;
1.  For Program A – Tuition waived exchange students: Institutions can nominate up to two (2) students per semester; however, institutions that have accepted additional students in the past are able to nominate additional students according to their Quota.


2.  For Program B – Tuition non-waived exchange students: Institutions can also nominate additional students for Program B if they do not have Quotas available for nominating them additionally for Program A. Following the placement period, host institutions notify accepted students about whether they will study abroad on a tuition-waived or non-waived basis.

 

If you have any questions about the application procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

We look forward to receiving additional applications!

04-Jun-2019

UMAP 1st Board Meeting 2019

On May 17, 2019, the First UMAP Board Meeting 2019 was held at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan.

This meeting was attended by representatives from Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. One of the important agendas is the introduction of new National Secretariat in Chile, Indonesia, and Macau.

 

 

After the productive meeting, Toyo University hosted the Board Members to dinner. The day before the Board Meeting, as UMAP International Secretariat, Toyo University also hosted the Board Members to visit Miraikan and Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Odaiba.

 

 

UMAP is looking forward to continuing discussions and developing further collaborations in the future!

 

04-Jun-2019

[UMAP Discovery Camp 2019] Announcement of Successful Applicants & Waiting List

Dear Students,

We are pleased to announce the list of participants who have been selected by UMAP Taiwan National Secretariat to join the UMAP Discovery Camp 2019 in Taiwan.

thumbnail of UDC 2019 LIST

To all successful applicants, if you haven’t received any email from UMAP Taiwan National Secretariat regarding the Discovery Camp, please contact them directly at umaptaiwan@gmail.com.

Congratulations to those who are accepted and looking forward to seeing you soon!