South Australia has a strong historic connection with South East Asia. The tenth Governor of South Australia, Sir William Francis Jervois, was for two years the Governor of the Straits Settlements before assuming the position of Governor of South Australia in October 1877. The current Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Governor Hieu Van Le, was born and raised in Vietnam.
Our universities have educated scores of South East Asian students, particularly from Malaysia and Singapore, since the introduction of the first Colombo Plan. Many of these students have risen to prominence in their respective countries.