Malaysia is a developed country with a sophisticated education sector and many education partnerships with Australian institutions. The long history of interaction with Australia dates from the original Colombo Plan - many high level executives in Malaysia were educated in Australia and maintain close links. The University of South Australia has a good profile and reputation in Malaysia through a rich history of transnational education, research collaboration and student exchange arrangements. 

UniSA has a good profile and reputation in Malaysia through a rich history of transnational education, research collaboration and student exchange arrangements. Malaysia ranks second as a source country for international students studying higher education in Australia and is consistently in the top 3 for UniSA.

We are beneficiaries of generous scholarship schemes from Malaysian government departments and others to improve education levels of staff. UniSA has an office in Kuala Lumpur to provide expert assistance to local students and UniSA staff considering interactions with Malaysian institutions.

Full award funding opportunities

A number of Malaysian government departments, private businesses and universities offer international scholarships to their staff to upgrade their qualifications. UniSA has a good reputation and level of cooperation with the Malaysian government, which ensures a consistent flow of Malaysian sponsored students studying here.

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA)

MARA is a Malaysian Government agency responsible for the development and training of the indigenous Bumiputra population of Malaysia. Scholarships are for both undergraduate and postgraduate awards and available for Bumiputra people only to study in the areas of Computing/IT; Engineering; Medicine; Biotechnology.

The Public Service Department (JPA)

JPA (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam) is the Public Service Department of Malaysia. Most scholarships are awarded for Bachelor’s degrees, with limited Master’s and PhD awards for government employees. JPA aims to send around 100 employees to Australia annually to study undergraduate degrees and around 40 for postgraduate study. 

The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)

These scholarships are open to academic staff at University of Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia – approval from the Vice Chancellor of the home university is required. 

Student mobility

UniSA has hosted exchange students from our key partner, the University of Malaya and a number of our New Colombo Plan Scholarship holders have chosen this institution for their studies as part of their program.

Key partnerships

University of Malaya (UM)   

The University of Malaya is UniSA’s key partner in Malaysia and activities centre around the research collaboration between UM’s Faculty of Languages and Linguistics and UniSA’s Schools of Education and Communication, International Studies and Languages. The UniSA Hawke Research Institute also has strong links to UM for research collaboration and are proposing dual PhDs.  Student Exchange and guest lectures fill out the relationship, with discussions including a future joint Research Centre in Social Sciences.

Universiti Sains Malaysia   

In addition the two universities have organised and hosted the “International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries”.   There is regular research and teaching collaboration in planning and civil engineering.

Alumni Chapter   

The University of South Australia Alumni Association of Malaysia began in 2000, providing graduates of UniSA living in Malaysia a platform to share information and foster ties with industry professionals and fellow graduates. There are over 5,000 UniSA alumni living in Malaysia, including graduates of both UniSA’s home campus and offshore programs. The Alumni Chapter organises regular events for its members, including the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner hosted by UniSA Senior Management staff. 

Areas of study and research

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