Diplomatic relations between Ireland and Malaysia were established in 1974. The Irish Embassy opened in 1995, and the Malaysian Embassy in Dublin opened in 2001.
However, Ireland and Malaysia’s links greatly precede these dates. Education provides a particularly strong bond between our two countries. Malaysians have been coming to Ireland to study medicine in particular for over 70 years.
In recent years Malaysians are coming to Ireland in increasing numbers to study other subjects including accounting, finance, science, and technology, recognising the excellent quality of the Irish education system.
In many cases, Malaysians who study in Ireland form lifelong links with the country. Malaysians who have studied in Ireland can join the Malaysian Irish Alumni Association which has close links with the Embassy.
The Embassy also works to promote other links between Ireland and Malaysia, including in trade, business and culture.