Institute of Student Affairs (ISA)


Key Activities

Training, Development and Attachment Programs.

The Institute of Student Affairs, an appointed standing committee of the Executive Committee is responsible for planning, promotion and coordination of training, development and attachment programs for the association. It organizes association wide programs and provides support to national and local organizations for organizing training programs for their respective members. Between 1998 and 2007, it had organized attachment programs for over 200 professionals from 8 countries and 3 cities in China, each attaching to an institution in another country for periods between two to 12 weeks. Programs are on self financed basis. Credit balance gained are used for a variety of awards in encouraging participation in global collaborative activities. The program is under review with a view to re-introducing it in due course.

Dr. LAI Kwok Hung was the past Director of the Institute which has five Program Coordinators in respective countries and regions. They are Ms Mari Taneichi (Japan), Mr Ray Lee King Sang (Hong Kong), Dr Bella Villanueva (Philippines), Mr. K. Puniamurthy (Malaysia) and Mr Lin Zhendong (China).

Latest appointed Director of ISA is Dr Maria Paquita D. Bonnet from De La Salle University of Philippines (2018-2022).



Latest  APSSA ISA programme jointly organised by National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University


Asia Pacific Student Services Association Roundtable 2019: Mental Wellness in Higher Education

12 & 13 December in Singapore


Here are the relevant links:
1. Event landing page:


 The theme of the roundtable: “Mental Wellness in Higher Education


 Passed Study Visits

Study/visits have been organized placing global collaboration with host institutions and individuals as the main goal.

In 1999, all 17 members who attended the annual conference of the Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education, United Kingdom, prepared a paper on the theme of the conference and presented to the occasion collectively in the form of a monograph. The group visited the Oxford University and universities in London and were  guests of the National Student Affairs Organisation of Germany (Deutsches Studentenwerk), at its headquarters in Bonn, and the Studentenwerk in Osnabruck.

In 2002, 21 members attended and made written presentations in an international symposium  at the University of California, Los Angeles and made visits to universities in California, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Georgia.

In 2005, 16 members together with 13 student affairs professionals from Germany, UK and USA visited Central China.  Highlight of the program was the International Symposium on the Changing Role of Student Affairs in Higher Education organized by the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan.

In 2006 and 2008, delegations comprising mainly members of the APSSA Executive Committee and senior practitioners  visited Germany as guests of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk).

In 2013, 26 foreign members had joined a Study Visit to Kyoto.


ISA report 2012 – 2013

ISA report 2010 – 2012

ISA report 2008 – 2010

ISA report 2006 – 2008





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