Having successfully opened a full campus in Malaysia in 1998, Monash and Vice-Chancellor David Robinson set their sights further abroad.
In 1999, Monash signed an agreement with King's College, London, for a broad research collaboration. Monash had already established a link with the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, which had recently relocated to King's. The two institutions worked together on research projects and conferences, often in medicine, law, education and arts.
By 2008, however, Monash’s priorities in Europe had changed and it scaled back its commitment to the London centre in favour of other international ventures such as the Prato Centre in Italy.