Wisma Jerman Surabaya
A Cooperation between Goethe Institut and the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Wisma Jerman, the German House, is located in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city situated on the east coast of Java. Founded in 2011 as an Indonesian foundation, Wisma Jerman is a worldwide unique cooperation between the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK/EKONID) and the Goethe-Institut Indonesia, supported by the German Embassy. The Wisma Jerman therefore represents the interests of Germany in the region of East Java with its three pillars Economy, Education (language) and Culture. The goal of Wisma Jerman is to inform about the society, economy and culture of Germany, build bridges in terms of language and culture and bring Indonesians and Germans into conversation with each other.
On behalf of the Goethe-Institut Indonesia, the sections Language and Program offer German language classes, conduct the official examinations of the Goethe-Institut and a broad variety of cultural events. As an agent for German language and culture, Wisma Jerman is serving as partner and contact point for German language teachers and learners from schools and universities as well as for German alumni and everybody else who is interested in Germany and its language in the region of East Java.
On behalf of the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK/EKONID), Wisma Jerman builds up a network of political and economic contacts to promote trade and investment within the region. Starting actively in 2012, networking activities like business gatherings – which look back on a long tradition in Jakarta – have been organized on a constant basis, as well as the annual German EKONID Oktoberfest at the Sheraton Hotel in Surabaya. Tasks of the Wisma Jerman on behalf of EKONID are the representation of German economic interests in East Java, the building up and fostering of a local member and network structure, the implementation of economic promotion events in East Java like delegation visits or trade fair support and the implementation of EKONID´s services for German and Indonesian enterprises.