Building a global footprint

During the past five decades, Australian universities have provided higher education opportunities to international students from the developing and developed world.

Engagement through education between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region developed from the post-World War II Colombo Plan. In the 35 years following the establishment of the plan, approximately 40,000 students from the Asia-Pacific region came to study in Australia. The long history of internationalisation of education has supported a healthy, diverse and sustainable higher education sector in Australia, and has resulted in enduring and supportive relationships between international alumni and their Australian universities.