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Professor Stephanie Fahey Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) Monash University. Education Diasporas: A case study of Monash University and Malaysia. Outline. Introduction Definition Monash-Malaysian relations Colombo Plan Private full fee paying places Malaysians in Australia

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professor stephanie fahey deputy vice chancellor international monash university

Professor Stephanie FaheyDeputy Vice Chancellor (International)Monash University

Education Diasporas: A case study of Monash University and Malaysia





Monash-Malaysian relations

  • Colombo Plan
  • Private full fee paying places
  • Malaysians in Australia

Monash University in Malaysia

  • Historical
  • Establishment of university

Profile of MUSC

Government response to MU

educational diaspora
Educational Diaspora


Education diaspora refer to students and their families who have moved between countries for educational purposes and have remained in the host country but have maintained links with their home country.

increased in recent years as global ‘war for talent’ has impacted immigration programs

intensity of communication increased

Patterns starting to shift

definition of educational diaspora
Definition of Educational Diaspora
  • Educational diasporas come about as result of movements of people seeking education in foreign countries. Different meaning from alumni
  • Shared characteristics:



customs and dress

social networks in their professional life

share information


Malaysian students at Monash (early years)

Students under the Colombo Plan at Monash

    • Malaysians as the largest single group
  • Engineering and Science students
  • Social Sciences at

Centre of Southeast Asian Studies

malaysian students at monash early years
Malaysian students at Monash (early years)

Private full fee paying students

Malaysia’s New Economic Policy (1971):

Enrolment quotas

Privileged Malays

Limited access to local education for Chinese and

Indian Malaysians

Outflow of students from Malaysia

Outflow of US $ 800 million (1995)

malaysians at monash in australia
Malaysians at Monash in Australia
  • largest single group of overseas enrolments in Monash’s first decade
  • over 10,000 Malaysian Monash alumni
  • highly educated and talented group who were able to make an immediate contribution to the economy
  • in 2007, Malaysian students remain the number one source of Monash’s international students at 4,512 followed by China at 3,088 (excluding Taiwan)
  • those who remain in Australia are mainly Chinese and Indian ancestry
  • Increased frequency communication due to affordability of communication technologies
establishing monash in malaysia
Establishing Monash in Malaysia

Historical development

  • Education as a commodity
  • Twinning programs
  • Establishment of a campus
establishing monash in malaysia1
Establishing Monash in Malaysia

‘to genuinely engage in the region’

to have:

‘a truly international campus that was not geographically bound

to Australia’

to build relationship that:

‘cannot be built on trade alone, and on the cult of ‘short-termism’

that characterizes so much of our thinking. Trust is all important

and it is based on long term relationships’

Professor Mal Logan

Vice Chancellor of Monash University (1987-1996)

changes in higher education law
Changes in Higher Education Law

Private Higher Education Act (1996)

Oversees universities allowed to establish campuses in Malaysia

Invitation for Monash University

contribution of malaysian diaspora
Contribution of Malaysian Diaspora

Personal connections:

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Jeffrey Cheah studied in Australia

founder of Sunway Group

K.Y. Chin

Monash University alumnus

links between Monash and Sunway Group

research at sunway campus
Research at Sunway Campus


Medicine and Health

Economic and Business Modelling

Islamic Studies


Electronic test technology


Brain Research Institute (BRIMS)

Innovation Research Centre

Monash University Accident Research Centre

operation at sunway campus
Operation at Sunway Campus
  • Consistent quality across network
  • Some courses imported into Australia – Islamic banking
  • Staff members of Monash faculties in Australia
  • high degree of corporate knowledge about Malaysia
  • students from Monash in Australia are travelling to Malaysia
the brain drain for malaysia
The ‘Brain Drain’ for Malaysia

…attempts of foreign universities ‘to lure Malaysian students

were tantamount to poaching’

( Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, PM, 2004)

‘It costs the government a lot of money to send our students overseas…. [Those countries] should pay [Malaysia] for having taken away our graduates since, by right, the graduates’ training and knowledge should be called intellectual property’

(Mahatir Monamad, former PM, 2004)

reversing brain drain
Reversing ‘Brain Drain’

Lure expatriate Malaysian Diaspora

‘Brain Gain’ scheme with incentives

Met with little success

Criticised for being discriminatory

Reduce number of outgoing students

Improvement of local higher education capacity

Increase of private institutions (incl. foreign universities)

No financial support for private universities

Increase number of incoming international students

monash commitment in malaysia
Monash Commitment in Malaysia


Support for Malaysia’s ‘MyBrain 15’ plan

Direct dual-campus and split PhD option

Development of research centres


Student exchange

Short study tours and internships

Bachelor of Arts (Global)

Attract best international researchers


monash commitment in malaysia1
Monash Commitment in Malaysia


Prof. Shamsul Amri Baharrudin

Director, Institute of Malay World and Civilisation

Lim Guan Eng

Secretary General of the democratic Action Party

Datuk Dr Michael Yeoh

Chief Executive Officer of Asia Strategy Leadership Institute

Datuk Dr Kamal Salih

Prof Asma Abdullah

Datuk Jeffrey Ng


Monash University Sunway Campus

Supports Malaysia’s aspirations

Contributes to reducing the ‘Brain Drain’

Engages with wider Malaysian community

Produces future generation of leaders

professor stephanie fahey deputy vice chancellor international

Professor Stephanie FaheyDeputy Vice Chancellor (International)

Educational Diaspora:

Monash University in Malaysia