Education Malaysia began as a humble outfit that manages the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s overseas presence by merging a few functions such as the Malaysian Students Department (MSD). It was also tasked with promoting education diplomacy and the internationalisation of Malaysian education sector through various efforts such as academic and research collaboration between Malaysian education institutions and other international bodies abroad.
Education Malaysia Global Services was established on 13 April 2012 to complement the role and promoting Malaysia as the education destination of choice among international students. It is also the principal body that manages the movement of international students in Malaysia, including facilitating visa processing. Towards the latter, EMGS operates a one-stop centre near Kuala Lumpur City Centre that is conveniently accessible by everyone. It also leads marketing and promotional activities for Malaysian education institutions and products globally.