Institute for Innovative Global Development (IIGE) Professional Development Series

Welcoming a New Era of International Learning and Engagement in Asia

In the spirit of welcoming in a new year, this interactive seminar will encourage participants to look forward to a new era of international higher education in Asia. Representatives of some of the leading institutions and organizations in the region will discuss new directions in international higher education specific to the region and their advice on how to pursue emerging opportunities and navigate some of the challenges that lay ahead. Participants will be challenged to set ambitious leadership goals for the year ahead.

Date/time: Tuesday January 11, 2022 7:00pm EST/Wednesday January 12, 2022, 9:00am Tokyo

Cost: Free

Language: English 


  • Masahiko Gemma, Ph.D. (Japan)
  • Swati Sahasrabudhe (India)
  • Abdul Latiff Bin Ahmad, Ph.D. (Malaysia)
  • Sabrina Daud, Ph.D. (Brunei Darussalam)
  • Randal Nadeau, Ph.D. (Taiwan)
  • David Au (Hong Kong)

Register HERE: 

Registration Deadline: January 12, 2022 (JST) 

*Zoom details will be notified via email upon registration


Socially Innovative Global Classroom, Osaka City University

Osaka City University (OCU) is offering an online program to develop collaborative social innovators, using Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).  The Socially Innovative Global Classroom (SIGLOC), a collaborative educational program with overseas students, will take place March 10-March 25, 2022 and is free for students from UMAP member institutions. 

The deadline to apply is February 4, 2022. 

For detailed program guidelines and application information, please visit:

Please note that the program will also be offered in July and September 2022.


ITS Surabaya: “CommTech Online” virtual courses

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya Indonesia is offering “CommTECH online,” an opportunity for university students, academics, and professionals from all over the world to learn about community and global issues through a variety of insightful but fun activities virtually. The program includes courses & discussion, virtual social engagement, Indonesian language courses  and for sure learning about Indonesian culture.

The aim of this program is to facilitate an opportunity to better understand ITS’ expertise in technology implementation within the society. It will also open up an opportunity to exchange ideas and develop a mutual goal for the future of our community.

Sub Course A: Internet of Things for Smart City Applications during the Pandemic:  17– 28 January 2022, starts at 09.00 AM (GMT +7, Surabaya Time). Application Deadline, December 31, 2021

Sub Course B: Course Title: Cognitive Ergonomics: Fundamentals & Applications:  17– 28 January 2022, starts at 09.00 AM (GMT +7, Surabaya Time).  Application Deadline, December 31, 2021

Sub Course C: Zero Waste Stores: A Way to Combat Plastics:
7 – 18 February 2022, starts at 03.00 PM (GMT +7, Surabaya Time).  Application Deadline, January 17, 2022

Sub Course D: Exploring Indonesian Creative Design and Culture: 7 – 18 February 2022, starts on 03.00 PM (GMT +7, Surabaya Time).  Application Deadline, January 17, 2022

For more details and application information: 


Thailand UMAP Micro Credential Program, Phase Two

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) is now launching Phase 2/Strand B of the Thailand UMAP Micro Credential pilot program, which aims to fulfil the needs of learners who seek to upskill and reskill, develop needed specific competencies, or pursue lifelong learning. Each program can be considered equivalent to 1 credit. However, any approval of credit transfer is dependent on the student’s home university.  Strand B offers programs in Data Visualization (starting February 2022), Persuasive Presentation (starting June 2022), and Cultural Dimensions in Communication (starting July 2022).  All students currently enrolled at UMAP member institutions are eligible to participate at no cost! The application process closes on January 3, 2022.  For more details, please visit: Students apply through:


UKM Global Webinar Series: Embracing Language and Culture through Internationalization

This webinar aims at exploring how language and culture-based programs are being offered in universities in Japan and Malaysia. Discussion will focus on the nature of programs and activities, the intercultural component of the programs, the focus and aims of the programs and the success stories or challenges faced in organizing the programs.

Date : 8 December 2021 (Wednesday)
Time : 2.30 p.m (GMT +8)
Registration : (via Zoom Platform)

Webinar Information Website:
Facebook Live:

Should you have further inquiries, do not hesitate to email us at


Japan-Multilateral COIL/VE Project: 21st Century Skills

Kansai University’s Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) is pleased to announce their newest initiative, the Japan-Multilateral COIL/VE Project.  The inaugural program takes the place of the previous UMAP-Kansai/IIGE COIL project, which was offered for the past three years.  This  new multilateral COIL Project is now open for student applications, with a deadline of January 14, 2022.  The program, focusing on “21st Century Skills,” will take place online February 7 to March 28, 2022.  

UMAP student participants must be nominated by their institutions.  Institutions must contact their National Secretariat to request the application spreadsheet and submit it on behalf of their of interested students, no later than January 14, 2022.  Institutions experiencing difficulty in connecting with their National Secretariat may request this information from the International Secretariat.

Institutions may nominate up to 10 students each.  A total of 60 UMAP students may be selected.   Instructions for completing and submitting the spreadsheet are included on the spreadsheet document.   Applications will be reviewed and selected by Kansai/IIGE.  Applicants will be notified of the results by January 25, 2022.  Additional information can be found at: 

thumbnail of Kansai University 21st Century Skills Program 2021 Flyer


UKM Global Webinar Series: The Importance of Associations in Internationalization Strategies

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Global would like to cordially invite UMAP members to the fourth series of our ‘UKM Global Webinar Series’, supported by the Toshiba International Foundation themed ‘The Importance of Associations in the Internationalization Strategies of Universities’

Date : 22 November 2021 (Monday)
Time : 10.00 a.m (GMT +8)
Registration : (via Zoom Platform)

Webinar Information Website:
Facebook Live:

This webinar aims to share the experiences of universities in Malaysia and Japan in their participation with international associations and how this form of partnership has brought their internationalization efforts to greater heights. It also aims to explore how and what kind of support associations provide during the pandemic period and dealing with a period of uncertainty.


Kansai University IIGE International Forum 2021

The Kansai University IIGE International Forum: Emerging New Modes of Next New Normal VE/COIL: Uniting Asia, America, and Europe through IoE (Internet of Education) will run December 10 & 11, 2021. All sessions are free and open to the public but registration is required. Please use the QR code attached to register or email iige [at]


Universiti Teknologi MARA virtual program: Green and Cultural Heritage of Malaysia

“Green and Cultural Heritage of Malaysia” is designed for students around the world to learn about Malaysia. This program is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia to develop young people’s international perspective and promote UiTM and Malaysia through its rich cultural heritage and beautiful biodiversity.  Since international trips were brought to an abrupt halt by the Covid-19 pandemic, participants will be entertained with amazing virtual tours of Malaysia’s interesting places and live classes. Participants will receive certificate upon completion.

The program will be held from 22 – 27 November 2021 and will be taught in English. The registration fee is $50 USD.

Register before 19 November using this link:

For more information, please visit: