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 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.
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.
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
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Research for Educational and Social Inclusion
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College