The co-operation with the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
began in the year 2000 and represents a strategic further development
of the collaboration with universities in Southeast Asia that
began in 1997 in Indonesia. Already two years later, 2002, the
Mercator bureau at the UKM could be ceremoniously opened and
run. The UKM-Mercator bureau is located on the UKM campus within
the faculty of engineering as a facility of the UDE.
This Mercator bureau ensures the long-lasting presence of the
UDE not only at the UKM partner university, but, via its central
position, also in the entire boom region of Southeast Asia.
The bureau is equipped with a secretariat and a multimedia laboratory
equipped with the most modern computer technology. The construction
of the Mercator bureau and the multimedia laboratory was made
possible via the funding from Stiftung Mercator GmbH, Essen,
which supports the BRIDGE project (Deutsch-Asiatische Hochschulallianz
in den Ingenieurwissenschaften Teilprojekt Präsenz in Asien).
With furtherance from the BRIDGE project emerged in addition
a second Mercator bureau at the Universitas Indonesia.
To the Mercator bureau in Malaysia
The original goal of the BRIDGE project was the institutionalisation
of collaboration between the partner universities. The development
and implementation of common borne courses in engineering with
double-degrees presented a particular attraction for Malaysia.
In the meantime, the offers of double-degree courses commonly
borne by both the UDE and UKM cover virtually the entire spectrum
Even in the domain of research, both partners cooperate with
each other in several ways. On the one hand, a brisk exchange
of scientists emerged; on the other hand, common projects could
be carried out e.g. with furtherance from the European Union
within the scope of the ASIA-Link program. In a next step, the
collaboration will also be extended to other faculties; for
instance there was already first visits between the faculties
How deeply-seated the Mercator bureau has become is shown by
its participation in manifold events, such as, its participation
on invitation of the German embassy in Kuala Lumpur in the course
of the German Month, or as a sought-after host and interlocutor
for the German and Malaysian economy.