Regional Updates

IASAS Asia Regional Coordinators:
Qi Li (China)

IASAS Asia Regional Communication Coordinator: Marlon Maglipas (Philippines) & Jia Zheng (US)


Informational Interview – Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF)
prepared by Jia Zheng with Ki-Hwan Hwang

The Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF) leads the government’s national tasks of enhancing the publicity of education and youth job policy (learning after employment), as well as realizing the educational and social values with these tasks. Driven by the mission of talent development and community building through equal educational opportunities, KOSAF helps students realize their dreams. Korean higher education has witnessed many positive changes over the years. Interest rates on student loans have been steadily eased and conditions for repayment of student loans have improved. In addition, the scope and benefits of national scholarships have also been expanded, such as providing scholarships to students who experience urgent household difficulties. Moreover, financial aid for employment and start-ups continues to increase, and these efforts are expected to bring greater progress to Korean college students and Korean society. Despite such positive changes, KOSAF foresees that overseas higher education support will continue to be somewhat challenging. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Korean government continues to follow social distancing accordance with the quarantine guidelines. With the increase of socio-economic difficulties, the method and type of student aid have mostly shifted to virtual. Accordingly, KOSAF’s human resource development support program (i.e., social leader college student mentoring) has shifted to virtual and continues to support students during the global pandemic. KOSAF is also working on making changes in size and method of other programs for 2021, including mentoring programs, scholarship awarding ceremonies, and student fund policy research.


Congratulations to the Philippines Association of Practitioners of Student Affairs and Services (PAPSAS) celebrated its 25 year anniversary at this year’s conference on November 20, 26, and December 4 & 5. IASAS sent in a congratulatory note for our ongoing partnership and collaboration.

To read more feel free to read the Souvenir program.


The 18th APSSA International Conference is calling for registration. It is now open at Griffith University – Conferences & Events – Student Health Counselling and Wellbeing – 18th Asia Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA) Conference from 1 – 4 November  and the draft program at .

The 9th Annual International Conference on Health Sciences 2022 will be hosted by the Poltekkes Kemenkes Yogyakarta in Indonesia. For more information, please visit 


Beijing Normal University offers a Master of Arts Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)
The first Master of Arts Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) at Beijing Normal University began in 2014. Our students came from more than fifteen countries and most of our graduated students began to work as entry-mid level positions as practitioners in higher education/student affairs or other relevant fields after they returned to their home countries.  If you have any questions please contact the HESA program coordinator at

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