The memoranda of understanding (MoU) was signed between Swinburne University of Technology and University of Malaya, and between the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur.

The agreements were forged in the course of the inaugural Victorian-ASEAN Higher Education Forum which was established to drive sector collaboration, build capacity and partnerships between Victorian and South-East Asian institutions. 

The Swinburne and University Malaya deal will see the two collaborate on research and the supervision of PhD students. It will also facilitate experts from both universities to work on projects and joint-publications.

The RMIT and UCSI agreement builds on a past MoU and generates new vocational education qualifications in health-care and aging, delivery of non-award short courses and exploring jointly badging programs.

International education is Victoria’s largest service export and in 2014-15 generated $5.6 billion dollars for the state, supporting more than 30,000 jobs throughout the state.  

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