UMAP currently comprises 36 countries/territories with over 600 member universities/institutions. Since UMAP has a broad network in the Asia-Pacific region, there are various unique programs offered by its members. By joining UMAP, students and faculty in your university/institution will be eligible to apply for those exchange programs.
You can easily join UMAP by taking the following procedures:
1. Please check whether your country/territory is eligible for UMAP membership. Contact the UMAP National Secretariat (UMAP NS) responsible for your country or territory and request for their endorsement. If your country/territory does not have UMAP NS, please contact UMAP International Secretariat.
(Note: Only accredited institutions of higher learning from UMAP member countries/regions are eligible to participate in UMAP Student Exchange Programs. If your country/territory is not a UMAP member, please contact UMAP International Secretariat)
2. With the endorsement of National Secretariat, your institution is eligible to join UMAP. Please contact UMAP IS at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will send a template of the “Pledge of Agreement” to you.You need to create two sets of original agreements with signature of the authorized person and send them to UMAP IS.
(*Universities/Institutions are expected to sign the Pledge of Agreement with UMAP IS in advance, demonstrating that they accept the principles of the UMAP exchange program concerning obligations of home and host institutions, etc.)
3. Once the “Pledge of Agreement” is confirmed by UMAP IS, your institution becomes a UMAP member! UMAP IS will inform you of ID and Password for UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) System. You are required to register Coordinator Information as well as Institution Information in the system in order to participate in UMAP programs as all the transactions including program registration, student nomination, acceptance of students etc. are performed through the system.
Responsibilities of UMAP members
The following are the responsibilities of UMAP members:
Each UMAP participating instituion has to serve as a Home and Host University.
The roles of a Home and Host University are as follows:
- Select participating students and staff.
- Approve the study programs, including any necessary language training, to be undertaken by participating students and staff.
- Determine the level of financial support to be given to participating students and staff.
- Provide appropriate preparatory courses for their students and staff prior to their departure.
- Recognize work completed overseas by accepting credits using the UCTS.
- Provide the agreed study programs for participating students and staff.
- Evaluate the performance of participants and provide transcripts to home institutions.
- Provide appropriate orientation and other support services to participants.
- Assist students and staff in securing appropriate accommodations at a reasonable cost.
- Ensure that appropriate healthcare arrangements are made for participating students and staff.