The construction of the Mercator Office and the multimedia laboratory in Malaysia & Indonesia was supported by the funding from Stiftung Mercator GmbH, Essen, which supports the BRIDGE project (Deutsch-Asiatische Hochschulallianz in den Ingenieurwissenschaften Teilprojekt Präsenz in Asien), now since 2012 the Mercator Offices operated by Mercator Science & Education Sdn. Bhd.


The co-operation with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) began in the year 2000 and two years later, on 5th November 2002, Officiated by His Excellency Mr. Juergen Staks, Ambassador of The Federal Republic of Germany for Malaysia, the Mercator Office at UKM could be ceremoniously opened and run. The UKM-Mercator Office is located inside the UKM campus in Bangi-Selangor under the Faculty of Engineering (FKAB) as a facility of the UDE.


Since 2003, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) Germany runs a branch office at the Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia (FTUI) in campus UI Depok.  The background of this establishment is to set-up of German-Asian network, as a basis for common research and joint double-degree programs.