University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) was founded in 1991 as an association of Higher Education Institutions and relevant government and NGO partners in the Asia Pacific region. 

UMAP strives to facilitate greater understanding among members of each other’s cultural, economic, and social systems through collaborative partnerships and increased mobility of university students and staff.

In 2021, UMAP is celebrating our 30th anniversary.  See how we’ve grown!

Message from the Chairperson

J. Prospero E. De Vera III, DPA
Chairperson, UMAP
Office of the Chairperson and Commissioners, Commission on Higher Education, Philippines 

Message from the
Secretary General

Thank you for your interest in UMAP. UMAP is an innovative organization that facilitates student mobility in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is with great honour that Vancouver Community College (VCC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, assumes the role of UMAP International Secretariat for a five-year term (2021-2025) and we are excited to build upon successes completed to date. 

We look forward to continuing the great work of the UMAP IS, especially during the turbulent times we have experienced the past year as a result of COVID-19. We also look forward to expanding membership countries and participating institutions, building upon the UMAP Student Connection Online (USCO) system, and UMAP-COIL programs.  

With the generous support of Global Affairs Canada, we will be implementing a new scholarship program during our tenure that will support more higher education students, particularly those who do not traditionally engage in student mobility programs.

We would like to recognize the representatives from Thailand, in particular, Dr. Sumate Yamnoon for serving as UMAP Chairperson from 2019-2020, and thank the representatives from Toyo University for leading the UMAP IS with great rigor, enthusiasm, and integrity. Thank you for your tireless dedication, passion, and mission to building the UMAP consortium. Your work has brought the consortium to a new level of organization, administration, and growth. 

We would also like to welcome the incoming UMAP Board leaders and Chairperson, Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, DPA, incoming UMAP IS Chairperson, Commission on Higher Education, and ATTY Lily Frieda M. Milla, OIC Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Higher Education, National Secretariat for the Philippines.

We look forward to our term as UMAP IS where we can learn together in this new world environment for higher education, and build mobility programs with growing emphasis on sustainable development, equity, diversity and inclusion, and intercultural collaboration.  

Ajay Patel
Secretary General of UMAP International Secretariat
President, Vancouver Community College

Organization of UMAP

The UMAP Board consists of representatives of each member country/territory.  The board provides guidance and oversight of the policies and programs of the organization. The UMAP International Secretariat is responsible for the management and administration of the day-to-day operations of UMAP and serves as the liaison for the member secretariats. Each member country/territory sets up a National Secretariat to be the primary point of contact in its country/territory and to be responsible for the promotion and development of the UMAP Exchange Programs.

UMAP Membership

UMAP currently comprises 23 countries/territories with over 200 member institutions. Its membership is open to countries/territories in the Asia-Pacific region.  Member countries/territories can be represented by government higher education departments or ministries, individual colleges or universities, higher education umbrella organizations, or a combination of these. Individuals are not eligible for membership.

Eligible Countries/ Territories

The following countries/territories are eligible for UMAP membership. All accredited public and private institutions of higher education in these countries/territories are eligible to participate in UMAP Exchange Programs once the country has joined the organization.

Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region are eligible to join upon approval by the UMAP Board.