Our History

2001

  • To unite Malaysians Down Under, MASCA is founded in Sydney by two Malaysian students; Tan Ek-Khai and Kamaruzaman Hamzah.

2003

  • The first National Conference and Games (NCG) is held in Melbourne with the aim of enriching the university lives of Malaysian students.

2008

  • MASCA State Chairpersons and the National Council attend the first MASCA Summit in Sydney to discuss national issues.

2009

  • MASCA partners with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to found the MASCA Testimonial Awards which recognizes exemplary Malaysian students in Australia. However it was only ever awarded twice, in 2009 and 2010.

2011

  • MASCA debuts on social media by creating official accounts.
  • MASCA is recognized by the Malaysian government as the peak representative body for Malaysians in Australia through Education Malaysia Australia (EMA).

2012

  • The first official publication for MASCA, the MASCAzine, is produced.
  • MASCA is restructured to establish the presence of a National Council.
  • The 10th and last NCG is held in Gold Coast, Queensland.

2013

  • NGC is rebranded as the Malaysian Summit of Australia (MASA).  The first iteration is held in Sydney, Australia. It has since gained recognition as the largest Malaysian event in Australia.
  • The Down Under Camp (DUC), the largest pre-departure camp for prospective Australian students from Malaysia is established.

2014

  • The first DUC is held in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
  • The inaugural Australian Network Leaders’ Summit (ANLS), is held in Kuala Lumpur which gathered MASCA Council Members, as well as MASCA affiliates and partners.
  • The second MASA is held in Melbourne, with nearly 500 participants.
  • MASCA signs a  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kelab UMNO Australia (KUA) as well as Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM).

2015

  • The inaugural Kalsom-MASCA Revisit Workshop is successfully held in Kedah.
  • The third MASA held in Brisbane, Queensland wins the “Best International Students Event” award at the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) Awards Night.
  • Hasif-Irfan and Danial Adiwangsa Tan are the first two Malaysian students studying in Australia to represent MASCA and the entire Overseas Malaysian Student Council  (Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar Luar Negara – MPPLN ) to present their paper work on Youth Employment in Malaysia to the Malaysian Cabinet Ministers.
  • MASCA co-founds the first Malaysian Students’ Global Policy Symposium (GPS) which is held in Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur. MASCA signs a MoU alongside other Malaysian Students’ Council across the globe such as the United Kingdom, Japan, France, and the United States of America.

2016

  • 158 students attend the second Kalsom-MASCA Revisit Workshop which was held in Sabah.
  • The third DUC is successfully held at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), attracting nearly 200 attendees.
  • The fourth installment of MASA, held in Sydney successfully garners an average of 400 participants for each component.
  • Muhammad Salihin Mohd Sabri represents MASCA and the entire MPPLN to present a paper work entitled “The Concept of Civic Participation or Engagement among Citizens in Malaysia’s Government” at the Annual Malaysian Students Convention hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
MASCA

MASCA

Education Malaysia Australia

Education Malaysia Australia

Down Under Camp

Down Under Camp

Malaysian Summit of Australia

Malaysian Summit of Australia