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25-Jan-2021

VCC assumes International Secretariat role of Asia-Pacific Student Exchange Network

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Community College (VCC) has become the International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), overseeing student and faculty mobility to and from those regions.

VCC takes over from Japan’s Toyo University to manage UMAP’s network of more than 600 colleges and universities in 36 countries and territories for a five-year term.

With this role, VCC, and the province, have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in international education both within Canada and globally by encouraging increased student diversity, the development of global competencies among students and strengthened intercultural awareness.

Global Affairs Canada is providing just under $2 million to support both short-term, inbound scholarships for students from abroad into Canadian UMAP member institutions; and for short-term outbound scholarships, for Canadian students at UMAP member institutions in Canada into UMAP member institutions in and around the Pacific Rim.

These activities support all facets of Canada’s International Education Strategy, by increasing Canadian student outbound exchanges; by increasing the number and diversity of students coming into Canada; as well as, increasing the number and type of Canadian institutions that can send and receive international students. They also support exchanges of Canadian students who are typically underrepresented such as, Indigenous students, students from rural and smaller institutions, and students registered in vocational programs. 

Quotes:

Ajay Patel, President and CEO, Vancouver Community College

“We sincerely appreciate the foresight of Global Affairs Canada in supporting VCC as the new host of the UMAP International Secretariat. It not only positions Canada and British Columbia well, but it also exemplifies the diversity and strength of the Canadian academic landscape that a community college can lead student mobility in the most dynamic of global regions.”

Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

“I am thrilled to support the successful appointment of Vancouver Community College as the new International Secretariat for the UMAP Consortium and welcome the efforts of UMAP to strengthen institutional cooperation and educational mobility between countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. This initiative will contribute to advancing our government’s International Education Strategy, by enriching our education engagement with a broad range of partners. It will also support Canadian education institutions’ internationalization objectives, strengthen bilateral relationships, and promote Canada’s international trade diversification efforts.”

Randall Martin, Executive Director, BC Council for International Education

“As Canada’s national secretariat for UMAP, we are excited to support VCC as UMAP’s International Secretariat, and we look forward to increasing accessibility and inclusivity of UMAP’s programming to all higher education institutions in Canada. VCC’s appointment recognizes not only Canada as a leader in Asia Pacific academic relations but B.C.’s leadership role in shaping programs and policies in international education.”

Quick facts:

  • The University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Consortium is a voluntary association of institutions and government and non-government representatives of the higher education sector. It promotes student exchanges, field schools, and online learning opportunities amongst its more than 600 member institutions worldwide.
  • Currently there are 18 Canadian post-secondary UMAP member institutions, representing six provinces and one territory.
  • Based in Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver Community College (VCC) is a publicly funded college in operation since 1965. VCC’s five-year term as UMAP International Secretariat runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025.
  • International student mobility and enrollment has been impacted by the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic and Canadian post secondary institutions continue to follow the direction of public health officials to ensure the safety of both local communities and students returning from abroad.

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Media can contact:

Karen Wilson
Executive Director
Marketing and Communications
Vancouver Community College
kwilson@vcc.ca

Chelsey Laird
Senior Manager
Marketing and International Initiatives
BC Council for International Education
claird@bccie.bc.ca

26-Nov-2020

UMAP IS c/o Toyo University Short Movie

Special thanks to UMAP Students, Member institutions, National Secretariat, Organizations which supported UMAP activities.

The International secretariat of UMAP c/o Toyo University from 2016 to 2020 will be handed over to British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) in Canada from 2021.

Here is a short movie of UMAP activities for the 5 years Toyo University has been working for UMAP.

04-Sep-2020

Start of Student Application for the 2nd Cycle of Program A&B 2020-2 (Spring 2021)

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2020-2 (for Spring Semester 2021 student exchange):

 

We are pleased to announce that the second cycle of student applications for Program A&B 2020-2 (Spring 2021 study abroad programs) has started today. 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 of this program are able to apply for programs offered by other participating institutions. The list of eligible universities/institutions can be checked from this link (here).

All transactions in the application procedure, such as submission of student applications, nominations by home universities/institutions, and acceptance or refusal by host institutions, will be completed using the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System.

 

To apply, the following three steps need to be completed by September 22nd 2020:

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 22nd 2020; 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 22nd 2020.

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!

31-Aug-2020

UMAP-COIL – AP (Advanced Placement) Program: Call for Participation at the 1st Open Discussion Forum Online (Free)

AP (Advanced Placement) Program has been well adopted in N. American context for many years, whereas the HEIs and secondary education institutions in the Asia and Pacific region also show good practice to create a liaison for the prospective university students. Let’s share and learn about it, generate a new community for a new AP Program suitable for our students! The audience are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

      Dates: Sept 5th Sat. 11:00-12:00 JST
      Moderator: Rosie Edmond (ISEP)
      Panelists:
      • Richard Porter (Texas Tech University)
      • Shingo Ashizawa (Toyo University/UMAP)
      • Keiko Ikeda (Kansai University/IIGE)
      Translator: Shiori Okazaki

Please register at this URL below (MAX 290 people):
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsceCqpjgpE9Uttmyy9ZyclQNkyWuo6w2d


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26-Aug-2020

Start of Student Application for the new program, “UMAP Exchange Online (Trial)”

We are pleased to announce the establishment of UMAP Exchange Online, a trial virtual exchange program that will allow UMAP students to take courses offered by various UMAP institutions without leaving their home countries.

UMAP has been promoting student mobility and educational exchanges within Asia and the Pacific region since its establishment in 1991, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for us to continue to endorse student mobility. Over the last few months, UMAP member countries/territories have been discussing alternative international education programs that can be implemented even while limiting student mobility. The trial of UMAP Exchange Online will be an important milestone for the future of student mobility.

The following 18 institutions from 8 countries/territories are participating in this trial program for this Trial. Students who belong to those institutions are able to apply for the programs through their home coordinators.


  1. Australia:
    • Curtin University

  2. Chile:
    • Universidad Católica del Maule
    • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

  3. Indonesia:
    • Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

  4. Japan:
    • Niigata University
    • Shibaura Institute of Technology
    • Shokei Gakuin University
    • Toyo University

  5. Malaysia:
    • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
    • Universiti Teknologi MARA
    • Universiti Tenaga Nasional

  6. Mexico:
    • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
    • Universidad de Colima

  7. Philippines:
    • De La Salle University
    • Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas
    • Samar State University
    • University of Mindanao

  8. Thailand:
    • Bangkok University

11-Jun-2020

Start of Student Application for the 1st Cycle of Program A&B 2020-2 (Spring 2021)

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2020-2 (for Spring Semester 2021)

 

We are pleased to announce that the first cycle of student applications for Program A&B 2020-2 (Spring 2021 study abroad programs) has started today. 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 of this program are able to apply for programs offered by other participating institutions. The list of eligible universities/institutions can be checked from this link here.

All transactions in the application procedure, such as submission of student applications, nominations by home universities/institutions, and acceptance or refusal by host institutions, will be completed using the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System.

 

To apply, the following three steps need to be completed by July 3rd 2020:

 

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 July 3rd 2020; 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 3rd 2020.

If they would like to nominate more than two students, please refer to the notes below.

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!

13-Apr-2020

Start of Student Application for the 3rd Cycle of Program C (Short-term summer programs 2020)

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program C 2020,

 

We are pleased to announce that the third cycle of student applications for Programs C 2020 has started today. Program C is short-term (one to eight-week long) programs offered by UMAP participating universities/institutions. Programs are generally offered between June and September, and are available in a wide range of disciplines: cultural studies, language proficiency courses, vocational training, entrepreneurship, and more.

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.

This year UMAP operates three cycles for Program C and each university/institution offers their programs depending upon their schedules of courses. You need to check in which cycle(s) of application period, your preferred programs are offered (The application for the 1st & 2nd Cycles has ended). And please note that you are required to be nominated by your home institution in order to apply for programs. The application period of the third cycle for both you and UMAP Coordinators at your home institution is as follows;

 

From 13 April to 22 May 2020 (deadline)        (for the 3rd Cycle)



Therefore, you need to submit your application according to the adapted schedule of your home institution. For the acceptance of students’ applications, the following three steps must be completed:

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 three preferred programs 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. Applications will be accepted by 22 May 2020 (for the 3rd Cycle).

NOMINATION  Coordinators log into the USCO System and check the applications they have received, and nominate them by clicking “Approve”.   

 

Please note;

  1. Only students of universities/institutions that have signed the “Pledge of Agreement” are able to apply for those programs. And home universities/institutions are required to register their Coordinators Information as well as Institution Information on USCO System. To check whether your home institution is eligible or not, please search the following link;

    https://usco.umap.org/std/unv_join/?nav_flg=1

  2. Unlike Program A&B, their home universities/institutions do not have to participate or offer this program in order for the students to apply for this specific program.
  3. There are no limits for the number of nominees from home universities/institutions.
  4. We only accept applications with nomination (applications that are approved) from home universities/institutions. 
  5. For the schedule of application, nomination and approval, please refer to the Timeline of each cycle of the USCO System; https://usco.umap.org/std/unv_period/?nav_flg=1

 

We look forward to receiving many applications.

17-Mar-2020

UMAP’s Statement on COVID-19

Dear respected UMAP students and member institutions,

In response to the announcement made by WHO on March 12th, 2020, describing the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, UMAP would like to ask all students to consult with their families and home institutions about whether it is best for them to stay at their host institution or return home. UMAP respects the decisions of our member institutions and students, and asks that students follow the protocols of their home institution and the advice of their families.

UMAP also would like to ask member institutions to support students in following the instructions of the relevant authorities of their country/territory under these circumstances. Please do not hesitate to contact UMAP IS if you have any questions or concerns.

March 17, 2020

03-Mar-2020

Start of Student Application for the 2nd Cycle of Program A&B 2020-1 (Fall/Autumn 2020)

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2020-1 (for Fall/Autumn Semester 2020)

 

We are pleased to announce that the second cycle of student applications for Program A&B 2020-1 (Fall/Autumn 2020 study abroad programs) has started today. 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 of this program are able to apply for programs offered by other participating institutions. The list of eligible universities/institutions can be checked from this link (here).

All transactions in the application procedure, such as submission of student applications, nominations by home universities/institutions, and acceptance or refusal by host institutions, will be completed using the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System.

To apply, the following three steps need to be completed by March 16th 2020:

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 March 16th 2020; 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 March 16th 2020.

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!