Season’s Greetings from UMAP!


Season’s Greetings from UMAP!

A very fruitful 2017 has almost come to an end. Let us take a moment to look back on what UMAP has achieved this year:

  • Program A&B saw a 4% increase in the number of participating universities (78 universities) and a 36% increase in the number of exchange students (68 students) over 2016
  • There was a 54% increase in the number of exchange students (63 students) in Program C.
  • UMAP Summer Program welcomed 22 international students to Toyo University and Niigata University, where they explored “Doors to Japan – History and Presence of Japanese Culture, Society and the Environment”
  • UMAP Research Net received the final reports from Dr. Fauzan Khairi Che Harun (Deputy Director, Global Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) and Dr. Jane Jackson (Department of English, the Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • UMAP International Secretariat successfully held its 2nd Board Meeting, International Forum and workshops on student mobility, attracting more than 180 participants.

These achievements would not have been possible without the active participation and generous support from UMAP National Secretariats, member universities and students all over the world. We are proud of all you have done and grateful for your contributions. We look forward to continued success with you in the coming year.

UMAP wishes you a joyful holiday season and prosperous New Year!
(Kindly note that UMAP International Secretariat will be closed from December 26 through January 4 for the New Year holidays.)


Student Application for UMAP Program A&B 2018-1 has started

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2018-1 (for Autumn Semester 2018)


We are pleased to announce the start of student applications for Programs A&B 2018-1 (Autumn 2018). If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please review the information on the website ( ) about the programs’ contents, length, available credits, language requirement and fees before applying.

The common application form for Programs A&B is available on the UMAP website ( The application deadline for UMAP Coordinators at your home university is 19 December 2017 for the first cycle*, and 5 March 2018 for the second cycle* respectively; therefore, you need to submit your application according to the adapted schedule of your home institution.

*(Note): UMAP offers two cycles of applications for Program A&B of each semester. The second cycle is for additional programs offered by both the member universities and universities that still have spots available after the initial application cycle. UMAP-IS will continue to upload the programs of those universities.


 For the acceptance of students’ applications, the following two steps must be completed:

APPLICATIONStudents should complete the application form for their desired program in WORD format and submit it to the UMAP Coordinator at their home university/institution. Once the UMAP Coordinators receive the UMAP Application Form from their students, they will select which students to nominate to the UMAP International Secretariat (UMAP-IS) and send all selected application forms to the UMAP-IS by email at

REGISTRATIONCoordinators need to register the information of each applicant at the designated page on the website ( )


Please note;
1.  Only those students whose universities have sent the “Outline of Proposal” to participate in this program are eligible to apply to other participating universities. Please confirm the list of participating universities by checking the website (

2.  A maximum of two (2) students can be nominated by each university per semester; regardless, it may be possible to nominate additional students on a fee-paying basis depending on the policies of the host institutions. 

We look forward to receiving many applications.


Call for Program A&B 2018-1 (Autumn 2018)

We are now collecting program information from member universities. The deadline of submitting “Outline Proposal” is 16 October 2017. The form of “Outline Proposal” is located at (

Please note;
(1) Universities in Full Member country/territory, that have signed the “Pledge of Agreement” are able to participate in the program.

 (2) Those universities that offer their programs by sending back “Outline of Proposal” are able to send their students to other participating universities.


Participation in the 6th APEC Conference in Vladivostok, Russia

On September 6th, 2017, Dr. Takashi Sekiyama, Executive Director of UMAP IS, was invited as a guest speaker to the 6th APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education which was held in Vladivostok, Russia. During the plenary session, there was a discussion of new challenges and opportunities for higher education in the Asia-Pacific. In his address, Dr. Sekiyama spoke about how UMAP’s programs, goals, and scholarships have helped to promote cooperation within the Asia-Pacific region. The conference was an excellent opportunity to strongly appeal for further exchange participation from non-UMAP member countries.



For more information:

(Video presented about UMAP starts from the time “01.14.23”, which lasts about 15 minutes )


Please refer to the file below for Dr.Sekiyama’s presentation:

thumbnail of 6th APEC CCHE Plenary_Introduction to UMAP




Updated Amendments

Dear UMAP Members,

Greetings from UMAP International Secretariat! 

We are pleased to inform you that the revised Pledge of Agreement and UMAP Constitution have been updated. Please refer to the two documents for the amendments approved in the UMAP 2nd Board Meeting held on August 17th, 2017.

The new UMAP Organizational Chart can be found in the About UMAP page.