UMAP International Forum 2018

On 24 September, 2018, UMAP International Forum was held at Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka, Japan. Around 100 professors, scholars, government officials, and other delegates from throughout the Asia-Pacific region attended the Forum. Exploring “Student Mobility in the Asia-Pacific Region and Japan’s Role”, the Forum was a tremendous success. 
The report of the Forum will be submitted by Japan and UMAP Joint Research Team (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (17H01025)) which co-hosted the event.


-Opening Remarks-

1. Dr. Ichiro Tanioka

(Osaka University of Commerce/UMAP Japan National Secretariat, Steering Committee for UMAP International Secretariat)

2. Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali

(Chairman, UMAP / Vice President, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
In their keynote addresses, Dr. Deane Neubauer (University of Hawaii at Mānoa, U.S.A.), Dr. Nopraenue Dhirathiti (Mahidol University, Thailand) and Dr. Teofilo C. Daquila (NUS Teaching Academy, Singapore) shared their experiences and addressed future perspectives on student mobility and Japan’s role. 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.

For closing, Dr. Ninomiya gave a speech as the UMAP ambassador.

After the Forum, participants were invited to the Reception by UMAP Japan National Committee. Opening message from Dr. Sugata Takahashi(President of Niigata University). Mr. Yoshikazu Noda, Mayor of Higashiosaka, then toasted and gave speeches for the great success of the Forum followed by the closing from Prof. Shingo Ashizawa (Deputy Secretary General of UMAP IS/Professor of Toyo University)


-Nara University Visit and Excursion to Todaiji Temple, Nara-
On September 26, the International Forum concluded with a visit to Nara University and trip to Todaiji temple in Nara.

Nara University visit

Guide tour to Todaiji Temple

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 2018 was a huge success. Organizers: UMAP International Secretariat and UMAP Japan National Committee Supporters: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), Japan and UMAP Joint Research Team (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of  Science (17H01025))


Presentation slides are available in the link below:


-Keynote Speeches-
1. Dr. Deane Neubauer (University of Hawaii at Mānoa, U.S.A.) PPT
2. Dr. Nopraenue Dhirathiti (Mahidol University, Thailand) PPT
3. Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon (Ifugao State University, Philippines) PPT
4. Dr. Teofilo C. Daquila (NUS Teaching Academy, Singapore) PPT

-Panel Discussion- “Future Development of UMAP”
1. Prof. Taiji Hotta (Hiroshima University)
2. Prof. Kazuo Kuroda (Waseda University)

Panelists: Selected speakers from UMAP member countries/territories:
1. Dr. Deane Neubauer (University of Hawaii at Mānoa, U.S.A.)
2. Mr. Colin Doerr (British Columbia Council for International Education, Canada) PPT
3. Mr. Andy Cheu-An Bi (Ministry of Education, Taiwan) PPT
4. Ms. Lakhana Dockiao (The Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand) PPT



Student Application for Program A&B 2018-2 (2nd cycle)

Dear Students who wish to apply for UMAP Program A&B 2018-2 (for Spring Semester 2019),


We are pleased to announce that the 2nd cycle of student applications for Programs A&B 2018-2 (Spring 2019) has started. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please review the information on the website ( ) about the programs’ contents, length, available credits, language requirement and fees before applying.

The common application form for Programs A&B is available on the UMAP website ( The application deadline for UMAP Coordinators at your home institution is 26 September; therefore, you need to submit your application according to the adapted schedule of your home institution.

For the acceptance of students’ applications, the following two steps must be completed:

APPLICATION Students should complete the application form for their desired program in WORD format and submit it to the UMAP Coordinator at their home university/institution. Once the UMAP Coordinators receive the UMAP Application Form from their students, they will select which students to nominate to the UMAP International Secretariat (UMAP-IS) and send all selected application forms to the UMAP-IS by email at

REGISTRATION Coordinators need to register the information of each applicant at the designated page on the website ( )

Please note;
1.  Only those students whose universities/institutions that have participated in this program by sending the “Outline of Proposal” to UMAP are eligible to apply to other participating universities/institutions. Please confirm the list of participating universities/institutions by checking the website (

2.  A maximum of two (2) students can be nominated by each university/institution per semester; regardless, 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 additional applications.


New Full Membership Country


This year


have recently become 

Full Members of UMAP


All accredited public and private institutions in Camodia will now be eligible to participate in UMAP Exchange Programs once they sign up as a participating university with the UMAP International Secretariat.

Procedures on how to join UMAP can be found in the following link:

We look forward to welcoming you to our network!

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Call for 2nd Cycle of Program A&B 2018-2 (Spring 2019)

Dear UMAP colleagues in National Secretariat and member universities,


We are pleased to announce that we are now collecting additional program information for the second cycle of Programs A&B 2018-2 (Spring 2019).

The following link is the program information form for you to fill out. Once you have filled it out, please return it to us in Excel format.

【Click to Download】Outline_Proposal_for_Program_A&B


The programs of those universities, who participated in the first cycle and whose two seats aren’t filled up, will be continued to be effective for the second cycle. Therefore you do not have to send the form once again.

Please note;
(1) Universities that have signed the “Pledge of Agreement” are able to participate in the program.
(2) Universities that have sent their Programs in the form of “Outline of Proposal” are able to send their students to other participating universities.

The deadline for submitting program information is August 31st, 2018 and the start of student application through Home university coordinator will be September 6th 2018. For the detail of the schedule of the 2nd cycle, please refer to the attached.

thumbnail of Timeline_for_Program_A,_B_2018-2_(Spring_Semester_2019)

We are looking forward to receiving additional participation.


Announcement of UMAP International Forum 2018

We’re pleased to inform you that UMAP International Forum 2018 will be held on September 24 (Mon.) 2018 at Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka Japan.

For more details, please kindly refer to the following flyer as attached and it is requested for attendees of the event to register from the following website by Tuesday, 4th September 2018 (deadline);

We look forward to seeing you all in Japan next September!

Intl’ Forum Poster