UMAP is the acronym for the “University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific”. Founded in 1991, it is a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education (university) sector.

The general aim of UMAP is for each of the countries and territories in the Asia- Pacific region to achieve a better understanding of the cultural, economic and social systems of the other countries and territories in the region through enhanced cooperation among higher education institutions and increased mobility of university students and staff.

Message from Chairperson

It is indeed a great honour to be part of UMAP who are committed and determined towards achieving enhanced international understanding through the mobility of our university students and staff. I believed UMAP has always been a strong driving force towards strengthening regional relations in realizing opportunities and developing potentials of the future generation.
On that note, I would like to congratulate Toyo University, Japan for being appointed as a new International Secretariat for UMAP. At the same time, our utmost appreciation to the past secretariat, UMAP Taiwan at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei for their excellent work for the past five years.
UMAP presence in the international platform will continue as a strong force towards global mobility programs. There is so much potential for UMAP and we look towards working together in building a stronger and more dynamic relationship. As always, the strong support and commitment of UMAP members has always been a key factor to UMAP success. We look forward to strengthening this ties among UMAP members.

Prof. Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali
Chairperson, UMAP
Vice Chancellor,The National University of Malaysia

Message from Secretary General

Thank you very much for your interest in UMAP. UMAP is an innovative organization that facilitates student mobility in the Asia-Pacific region.
UMAP enables students to participate in not only long-term (1-2 semesters) study programs, but also short-term (2-4 weeks) programs during summer and winter breaks. I am confident that living and studying in a different environment will help students grow to become more aware and sensitive to diverse cultures and languages, and play effective roles in the globalized world.
On behalf of the UMAP International Secretariat, I would like to say that we are more than happy to help UMAP universities and students in whatever way we can.
Please join us in this endeavor!

Secretary General
UMAP International Secretariat
President, Toyo University

Organization of UMAP

The UMAP Board comprises all members and it shall determine the policies and the main lines of work for the smooth and effective operation of UMAP. The Secretariat of UMAP is called the UMAP International Secretariat. It 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 chief 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 35 countries/territories with over 570 member universities. 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 universities, university umbrella organizations, or a combination of these. Individuals are not eligible for membership.

Eligible Countries/ Territories

The following is the list of countries/territories eligible for UMAP membership. All accredited public and private universities in these countries/territories are eligible to participate in UMAP Exchange Programs once they sign up as a participating university with the UMAP International Secretariat(*).

(*) Their country/territory has to be a Full member of UMAP.


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