The Australian National University is one of the world’s leading academic institutions for the study of Malaysia. The ANU Malaysia Institute was established in 2016, but builds on a long history of Malaysian scholarship at the ANU. The Malaysia Institute was established to foster a closer relationship between Australia and Malaysia through education, research and dialogue, to strengthen the ties between Malaysia and Australia, as well as further the field of Malaysian Studies globally. The Malaysia Institute holds regular seminars and webinars (normally once a month), and an Update conference every two years, bringing together some of the world's leading scholars on Malaysian politics and society. The Institute enhances the work of the ANU's Asia-Pacific focus by hosting events and lectures from distinguished Malaysians visiting Canberra. Previous keynote speeches have been delivered by Anwar Ibrahim, Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Kit Siang and Saifuddin Abdullah in the political sphere, as well as numerous visiting scholars from Malaysia and around the world.
The Malaysia Institute is led by Director Dr Ross Tapsell and Deputy Director Dr Ying Xin Show, and is advised by an academic Board of Malaysia experts at the ANU.