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.



UMAP Summer Program 2017 in Japan


Toyo University and Niigata University co-hosted the UMAP Summer Program 2017 in Japan. Students stayed in Tokyo from August 14th to 19th while the remaining half of the program is being in Niigata from August 20th to 26th. Through the 2017 Summer Program, students were able to learn about both the Japanese traditional and modern cultures in comparison to their own through various engaging activities.



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UMAP International Forum 2017 Held at Toyo University

The UMAP International Forum 2017 was held at Toyo University on August 18th and 19th, 2017


On August 18 and 19, 2017 UMAP International Secretariat, in collaboration with Japan Association for International Student Education (JAISE) held the UMAP International Forum 2017 at Toyo University (Tokyo, Japan). More than 150 professors, scholars, government officials, and other delegates from throughout the Asia-Pacific region attended the Forum. Exploring “Trends and Prospects of Student Mobility and Support in the Asia-Pacific Region,” the Forum was a tremendous success.







Plenary of the International Forum


In their keynote addresses, Prof. Christopher Ziguras (the International Education Association of Australia; RMIT University), Dr. Christine Farrugia (Institute of International Education (IIE)) and Ms. Jacquelyn Hoult (Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)) shared their experiences and perspectives on student mobility.


From left to right: Professor Christopher Ziguras, President, the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), on “Quantitative Development and Quality Enhancement in Mobility in Asia and the Pacific”; Dr. Christine Farrugia, Deputy Head of Research, Institute of International Education (IIE) on “Analyzing Big Data in Student Mobility”; Ms. Jacquelyn Hoult, Director, Communications, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) on “Learning Beyond Borders: National Agenda for Inspiring Mobility”


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.


Panel discussion


Secretary General, UMAP International Secretariat and Toyo University President Makio Takemura delivers the closing remarks of the International Forum


1. Follow-up Workshops (August 19)


In the morning of August 19, the UMAP International Forum continued with workshops on “Why UMAP?”, “Meet UMAP Members” and “Good Practice of Education and Employability with Career Design”.


Workshop Room 1 discussing “Why UMAP?” and “Meet UMAP members”


Highlighting ideas made in the International Forum, positioning UMAP in the region, and mapping out UMAP journey of development, the workshops engaged 25 delegates in defining UMAP’s current problems, showcasing UMAP’s strengths, and proposing initiatives for growth.


Workshop Room 2 discussing “Good Practice of Education and Employability with Career Design”


The workshops not only examined different angles of student mobility, but also facilitated the exchange of insightful views for helping youth prepare for their future careers.


2. Excursion to Edo Museum


During the afternoon of August 19, the International Forum concluded with a trip to Tokyo’s Edo Museum.



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 2017 was a huge success.



Presentation slides are available in the link below:

For additional pictures of the event, please refer to our UMAP Facebook Page in the link below:



Student Application for UMAP Program A&B 2017-2 has been extended

Dear Coordinators of Program A&B participating universities,

We have decided to extend the deadline for submission of student applications for the 1st Cycle of Program A&B 2017-2 (Spring 2017). Revised timeline for the 1st Cycle is as follows:

Revised Application Deadline: July 30th
Nomination from UMAP: July 31st- Aug. 4th
Notice from Host universities: Aug. 30th

Please note:
1. Only those universities that have sent the “Outline of Proposal” for participation in this program are able to send their students to the other participating universities.
2. A maximum of two (2) students can be nominated from each university per semester, but 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 more applications.