Goethe Institute in Malaysia

Class room at Goethe Institute Malaysia

Guest article by Rolf Stehle, Director of Goethe Institute Malaysia //

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany operating worldwide since 1951. The Goethe-Institut Malaysia has been in Kuala Lumpur since 1962 and active nationwide with more than 20 employees.

Right from the start the institute’s main objectives have been to promote knowledge of the German language in Malaysia, to encourage cooperation in culture and to convey an image of an open and contemporary Germany.

Our Work
The Goethe-Institut intends to build bridges across cultural and political boundaries. We trust in the power of the arts to ask questions and unsettle the status quo. We seek answers to future issues of a globalized world. The Goethe-Institut also promotes an understanding of Europe and develops shared European perspectives.

Our Methods
We realize interdisciplinary projects in a spirit of partnership in Malaysia. Our institute stands for direct contact and aims at high quality.

Language and Educational Cooperation Service
The Goethe-Institut Malaysia promotes and conveys the German language as a key qualification for education, vocation and understanding.
Annually we have
• 950 students of German in Malaysia, most of them aiming at studying in Germany, and 1200 language examinations
• 10 training programs for Malaysian teachers of German and cultural programs for students of German in secondary schools
• Scholarships for 12 Malaysian teachers of German to attend seminars in Germany and for 25 students of German to attend language courses in Germany

Cultural programs

100% Penang – George Town Festival 2016

The programs are created in a dialogue with local arts scenes and as co-productions with partners. They deal with current artistic and social issues.
Annually we organise
• More than 80 cultural events in all the fields of the arts, education, science and research, the media and education together with our partner institutions reaching out to more than 50.000 people in Malaysia
• About 10 artist residencies in Malaysia
• Scholarships for 8 Malaysian artists and cultural practitioners to attend festivals, seminars, residencies in Germany



We have a still growing library for German language teachers, students and a reference section for the general public of some 2500 media (books, DVDs, CDs, weekly magazines).

Furthermore, our e-library is a virtual library with more than 40.000 titles to choose from, free of charge. Simply follow this link to register with our e-library service:



Programs September to December 2017

In the next few months we cooperate with the following partners and bring guests from Germany to the following events across Malaysia:

Freedom Film Festival with film director Marcus Vetter
SoundBridge Festival for New Music with German musicians
Science Film Festival for schools and universities
Performances and Workshop Conference for Children for secondary schools with the Papiertheater Nürnberg
Masterclass and piano concerts with Simon Nabatov
European Union Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching
Johor Bahru Film Festival
Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival
Georgetown Literary Festival with Ulrike Draesner
Penang Island Jazz Festival with the Eva Klesse Quartett

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