This thesis will examine the changing role of international education in the period since the inception of the Colombo Plan from 1950 up to the mid 1980s. In particular, the research concentrates on the Plan's Technical Co-operation Scheme. The first questions to be addressed concern the motivating factors behind the inception of the Colombo Plan from a local (Australian) perspective linked to regional and international influences. The second set of questions concern the way that Australian policy makers perceived the Technical Co-operation Scheme and the role that sponsored students played in achieving the goal of this scheme. This will be done by looking at the values and practices that linked the Plan with the gradual development of marketisation of international education in Australia.