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The former Goethe-Institut building on Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala…

The former Goethe-Institut building on Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This was previously the residence of a British official from the colonial era. Goethe-Institut has since moved to a more modern office building further up the road.

Germany–Malaysia Relations. Germany has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia has an embassy in Berlin. In politics, the first-ever visit of a German Chancellor to Malaysia came about when then-Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad invited then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to visit in 2002. In 2005, previous Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, traveled to Germany for political and economic talks with Schröder. In 2006, he met with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel for the first time for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Finland. Trade links. Malaysia has been Germany’s principal trading partner among the ASEAN countries for several years. Trade in 2006 amounted to 7.6 billion Euros, up 10% from the previous year. Germany imports electrical products, office machinery, edible and industrial fats and oils, rubber products, andchemical products from Malaysia and exports machinery, motor vehicles, aircraft, hardware, and pharmaceuticals. Tourism. In 2001, there were 70,400 tourist arrivals from Germany in Malaysia, the 2nd-largest number of Europeans after the UK. 

Cultural links between Germany and Malaysia mainly exist in education and language. The Goethe-Institut, a German cultural institution, has a branch in Kuala Lumpur. There’s also a Malaysian-German Society in Penang. German language courses are available in both places. 2 state universities in Malaysia offer bachelor’s degree courses in German. In higher education, 30 cooperation agreements exist between German and Malaysian universities of applied sciences. More than 700 Malaysians with government scholarships are studying at German universities, mainly in technical courses. The German Academic Exchange Service maintains its own information center in Kuala Lumpur. An English version of the Deutsche Welle TV channel broadcasts through Telekom Malaysia. There are also contacts in music, theater, and film. As part of a co-operation between museums, Germany helped fund a restoration center in the Islamic Arts Museum. There are several German political foundations that support socio-cultural, education, and media projects in Malaysia. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has an office in Kuala Lumpur and the Friedrich Naumann and Friedrich Ebert foundations are also active in the country.

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