Aklan State University is now officially listed as a blue member of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), a voluntary international association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education sector in the Asia-Pacific region. This is after ASU has signed the Pledge of Agreement with UMAP through the initiative of the ASU Office for International Affairs. As such, ASU can participate in the UMAP exchange programs once it submits the outline of proposals during the first and/or second application cycles.
UMAP that was founded in 1991 aims for each of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve a better understanding of the cultural, economic, and social systems of other countries and territories in the region through enhanced cooperation among higher education institutions and increased mobility of university students and staff. It offers Multilateral/Bilateral Student Exchange Programs, Super Short-Term Programs, Summer Programs, COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Programs, and Research Net for faculty, researchers, and students exclusive for UMAP member institutions. It has a membership of hundreds of universities from 36 member countries whose International Secretariat is based at Vancouver Community College in British Columbia, Canada.
CHED Chairperson J. Prospero E. De Vera III currently sits as the UMAP Chairperson and Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, CHED Deputy Executive Director as UMAP National Secretariat for 2021-2022.#