Australia’s strong links with Malaysia began in the Second World War, and were fostered by the innovative Colombo Plan which ran from the 1950s to the 1980s. Through this plan, Asian scholars, including about 3000 from Malaysia, received scholarships to study at universities in Australia.

In recognition of this link as well as growing educational and business ties between our countries, the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) was founded in 2000, through an Australian and Malaysian partnership. Sunrise Berhad, a well-known public listed property company became the Malaysian partner. The aim of the partnership was to bring a well-rounded and rigorous education to Malaysia, drawing on Australia’s academic strengths and sporting prowess.