News

06-Feb-2019

AIEA Annual Conference 2019 Report

UMAP IS and TOYO University co-hosted a booth as Gold Sponsor during the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) 2019 Annual Conference that was held in San Fransisco, California, USA from 20th to 23rd January 2019; and had three sessions with the following presenters:

“Next Generation Mobility Networks: Development of New Multilateral Consortia”
The following presenters described the benefits of an open membership network:

  • Dr. Martin Randal, Executive Director of BCCIE
  • Dr. John S. Lucas, President and CEO of International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)
  • Dr. George T. Sipos, Director of International Education and Senior International Officer at the SUNY College at Brockport
  • Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Deputy Executive Director on UMAP IS/ Professor of Toyo University


“Building Strategic Partnerships for Student Mobility in the Asia Pacific Region”
Representatives from two major private universities in Tokyo (Waseda and Toyo introduced their efforts to increase partnerships in the US. The audience also learned about new initiatives of UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and Pacific).

  • Mr. Anthony Johnson, Regional Manager of WASEDA USA
  • Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Deputy Secretary General of UMAP International Secretariat / Professor of Toyo University


Plenary Luncheon”

Deputy Director for Center for Global Education and Exchange/Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Toyo University presented significant internationalized programs of Toyo University, and introduced UMAP on behalf of Secretary General of UMAP International Secretariat which has been served by Toyo University since 2016.


05-Feb-2019

New Full Membership Country: CHILE

Chile has recently become a Full Member of UMAP.

  • National Secretariat: Universidad Católica del Maule
  • Contact: Mr. Jorge Burgos Muñoz
  • Position: Director General de Vinculación
  • Institution: Universidad Católica del Maule
  • Address: Avda. San Miguel 3605, Talca, Chile
  • Email: jburgos@ucm.cl
  • Tel: +56712633284

All accredited public and private institutions in Chile 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!


image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Universidad_Cat%C3%B3lica_del_Maule

16-Jan-2019

Student Application for UMAP Program C 2019

Greetings from UMAP International Secretariat!

We are pleased to announce that the start of Student Application for UMAP Program C (January Application) has begun on Saturday, January 12th 2019.

There are three cut-off dates for the student application period as shown below and currently only Program C (January Application) is publicized.

  1. Program C (January Application) :1st Cycle from Jan. 12th to Jan. 23rd
  2. Program C (March-May Application):1st Cycle from March 1st to March 23rd
  3. Program C (March-May Application):2nd Cycle from Apr. 25th to May 28th

For applications procedure, please refer to this page.

Please note;

  1. Only students of universities/institutions that have signed the “Pledge of Agreement” are able to apply for those programs. However, unlike Program A&B, their home universities/institutions do not have to participate or offer this program in order for the student to participate in this specific program.
  2. There are no limits for the number of nominees from home universities/institutions.
  3. We only accept applications with endorsements (applications that were approved) from home universities/institutions. Please kindly support students toward their research for suitable programs and check the programs’ contents, length, available credits, and Tuition fees before applying.
  4. Please follow the Timeline of each cycle, because all transactions in the application procedure (such as submission of student applications) of nominations by home institutions and acceptance/ refusal by host institutions, will be completed using the USCO System. For the detail, please refer to the attached Timeline.

 

21-Dec-2018

Season’s Greetings from UMAP!

Season’s Greetings from UMAP!

It is almost the end of a productive and rewarding 2018. We would like to show you some of UMAP’s activities that have been successfully achieved throughout the year:

New UMAP member institutions

  • 30 institutions from 13 countries signed up to join UMAP network as member institutions.

Re-establishment of UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System

  • A user-friendly platform for students, home institutions and host institutions.
  • Increased efficiency for communication, data storage and synchronization.
  • The USCO System is also in use for admission of Program A/B, from 2019’s Autumn semester.

UMAP Discovery Camp 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand (July 22nd – August 4th)

  • Organized by the Office of Higher Education and three co-host: Bangkok University, Chulalongkorn University and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.
  • 40 international students from 28 universities from 9 countries participated in the summer program to engage in a journey of self-discovery and exploration of Thai culture.

UMAP International Forum in Osaka, Japan (September 24th)

  • The Forum focused on “Student Mobility in the Asia-Pacific Region and Japan’s Role”.
  • 100 professors, scholars, government officials and other delegates from the Asia-Pacific region attended the Forum that was held at Osaka University of Commerce.

We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all UMAP National Secretariats, member universities and students all over the world for their active participation and generous support in making these achievements possible.

We wish you a peaceful holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

(Kindly note that UMAP International Secretariat will be closed from December 22nd through January 3rd for the New Year holidays. Our office will resume on January 4th)

24-Oct-2018

Announcement for the 4th KU-COIL/ IIGE Workshop and International Symposium 2018 “Innovative Ideas and Practices for Global Education in the 21st Century”, 7-9 December 2018

Deputy Secretary General of UMAP IS, Shingo ASHIZAWA, professor of Toyo University will be presenting about UMAP, and the upcoming UMAP-COIL Joint Project will be introduced during the Symposium. The events are organized by Division of International Affairs, Kansai University in Japan.


Programs: https://supportkucoil.wixsite.com/kucoilsympo18
Registration: bit.ly/iige18reg *closed in November 26th
Contact: ku-coil[at]ml.kandai.jp

19-Oct-2018

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

Dear Students who plan to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2019-1 (for Autumn Semester 2019)

 

We are pleased to announce that the first cycle of student applications for Programs A&B 2019-1 (Autumn 2019) 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.

The application deadline for UMAP Coordinators at your home institution is 1 December 2018; 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/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UMAP-Student-Connection-Online-USCO-Manual-for-Students.pdf ). 

APPLICATION Students complete the Application Form in the USCO System for up to five 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 from October 20 through December 1.

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”.   Institutions with additional quotas for outbound students are able to nominate additional students according to the number of quotas they have available. Any additional students you want to nominate can be approved for Program B. Please note:  Students in Program B may be required by their host institutions to pay tuition fees.

Please note;
1.  Only those students whose universities/institutions have participated in this program are eligible to apply to other participating universities/institutions. Please confirm the list of Participating Universities/Institutions by checking the website (https://usco.umap.org/).

2.  You must be a student currently enrolled in one of Participating universities/institution and at the time of completion of study abroad, you must still be a student of that university/institution. If you graduate from your university/institution before the end of the program, you will not be eligible to apply.

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

We look forward to receiving additional applications.

19-Oct-2018

New membership of Kyrgyz with UMAP

On Wednesday, October 17, UMAP was delighted to welcome the Kyrgyz Republic to be part of UMAP. Specifically, Kyrgyz State University I.Arabaev will serve as the National Secretariat of Kyrgyz.

With the participation of Kyrgyz, UMAP now is comprised of 19 member countries. We strongly hope to see more remarkable progress on the movement of student mobility amongst Kyrgyz and other member countries.

 

Details on the touch point of Kyrgyz NS:
Ms. Myrzalieva Ainura Kerimbekova
Position: Institute of Japan Studies under Kyrgyz State University I.Arabaev
Email: japanstudieskg@mail.ru
Address: Institute of Japan Studies, Kyrgyz State University I.Arabaev
Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, 10-distr./ Samanchina str.10A, Kumpus 3, room103
Website: http://arabaev.kg/

03-Oct-2018

UMAP International Forum 2018

On 24 September, 2018, UMAP International Forum was held at Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka, Japan. Around 100 professors, scholars, government officials, and other delegates from throughout the Asia-Pacific region attended the Forum. Exploring “Student Mobility in the Asia-Pacific Region and Japan’s Role”, the Forum was a tremendous success. 
The report of the Forum will be submitted by Japan and UMAP Joint Research Team (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (17H01025)) which co-hosted the event.

 

-Opening Remarks-

1. Dr. Ichiro Tanioka

(Osaka University of Commerce/UMAP Japan National Secretariat, Steering Committee for UMAP International Secretariat)
     

2. Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali

(Chairman, UMAP / Vice President, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
In their keynote addresses, Dr. Deane Neubauer (University of Hawaii at Mānoa, U.S.A.), Dr. Nopraenue Dhirathiti (Mahidol University, Thailand) and Dr. Teofilo C. Daquila (NUS Teaching Academy, Singapore) shared their experiences and addressed future perspectives on student mobility and Japan’s role. Following the keynote speeches was a panel discussion on “Future Development of UMAP”. In an open and amicable atmosphere, the esteemed panel shared innovative ideas initiated and had a fruitful discussion.

For closing, Dr. Ninomiya gave a speech as the UMAP ambassador.

After the Forum, participants were invited to the Reception by UMAP Japan National Committee. Opening message from Dr. Sugata Takahashi(President of Niigata University). Mr. Yoshikazu Noda, Mayor of Higashiosaka, then toasted and gave speeches for the great success of the Forum followed by the closing from Prof. Shingo Ashizawa (Deputy Secretary General of UMAP IS/Professor of Toyo University)

 

-Nara University Visit and Excursion to Todaiji Temple, Nara-
On September 26, the International Forum concluded with a visit to Nara University and trip to Todaiji temple in Nara.

Nara University visit

Guide tour to Todaiji Temple

UMAP would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us for the UMAP International Forum. Because of your attendance and active participation, the UMAP International Forum 2018 was a huge success. Organizers: UMAP International Secretariat and UMAP Japan National Committee Supporters: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), Japan and UMAP Joint Research Team (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of  Science (17H01025))

 

Presentation slides are available in the link below:

 

-Keynote Speeches-
1. Dr. Deane Neubauer (University of Hawaii at Mānoa, U.S.A.) PPT
2. Dr. Nopraenue Dhirathiti (Mahidol University, Thailand) PPT
3. Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon (Ifugao State University, Philippines) PPT
4. Dr. Teofilo C. Daquila (NUS Teaching Academy, Singapore) PPT

-Panel Discussion- “Future Development of UMAP”
Moderators:
1. Prof. Taiji Hotta (Hiroshima University)
2. Prof. Kazuo Kuroda (Waseda University)

Panelists: Selected speakers from UMAP member countries/territories:
1. Dr. Deane Neubauer (University of Hawaii at Mānoa, U.S.A.)
2. Mr. Colin Doerr (British Columbia Council for International Education, Canada) PPT
3. Mr. Andy Cheu-An Bi (Ministry of Education, Taiwan) PPT
4. Ms. Lakhana Dockiao (The Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand) PPT

 

06-Sep-2018

Student Application for Program A&B 2018-2 (2nd cycle)

Dear Students who wish to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2018-2 (for Spring Semester 2019),

 

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd cycle of student applications for Programs A&B 2018-2 (Spring 2019) has started. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please review the information on the website (http://umap.org/programs/a_b/ ) 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 (http://umap.org/forstudents/#application-procedure). The application deadline for UMAP Coordinators at your home institution is 26 September; therefore, you need to submit your application according to the adapted schedule of your home institution.

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

APPLICATION Students 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 umap-is@umap.org

REGISTRATION Coordinators need to register the information of each applicant at the designated page on the website (http://umap.org/members/ )

Please note;
1.  Only those students whose universities/institutions that have participated in this program by sending the “Outline of Proposal” to UMAP are eligible to apply to other participating universities/institutions. Please confirm the list of participating universities/institutions by checking the website (http://umap.org/programs/a_b/).

2.  A maximum of two (2) students can be nominated by each university/institution 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 additional applications.