The partnership sees all students enrolled as student members of the IMarEST (SIMarEST) and Ocean University of China working towards accreditation for their engineering courses.
Ocean University of China (OUC) is a comprehensive university with particular strengths in oceanography and fisheries science. OUC offers courses in Science, Engineering, Agronomy (Fisheries), Pharmaceutics, Economics, Management, Liberal Arts, Law, Education, History, and Art. OUC has been approved as one of the national key universities included in the list of “Project 985” (for China’s top 40 universities) and “Project 211” (for China’s top 100 universities). OUC is one of the first universities approved to confer PhD degrees, Master’s degrees and Bachelor’s degrees by the State Academic Degree Committee. OUC has four campuses: Yushan Campus、Fushan Campus 、Laoshan Campus and Huangdao Campus. The motto of OUC is “Ocean Embraces All Streams; Exploring Promises Reaching Far.”
OUC is the cradle of China’s marine professionals, and it has graduated a large number of competent specialists in marine science for China. 70 percent of Ph.D. holders in oceanography and fisheries in China graduated from OUC. The first scientist to reach the South Pole, the first Chinese scientist to investigate the South Pole on foot and the first Chinese scientist to reach both the North and South Poles all graduated from OUC. 68 percent of the winners of National Foundation Awards for Distinguished Young Researchers in oceanography and 46 percent of the winners of National Foundation Awards for Distinguished Young Researchers in fisheries graduated from OUC.
OUC is recognized as the driving force of China’s marine research and application. OUC boasts a number of research institutions at national level, including National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao, China (under construction), Research Center for Marine Development of China, National Research Center for Marine Pharmaceutical Engineering Technology, etc. According to the ESI database, OUC has reached the top 1% of the most-cited universities and scientific institutions in nine research fields including plant & animal science, earth science, engineering, chemistry, agricultural sciences, materials science, biology and biochemistry, environment/ecology, and pharmacology/toxicology.
OUC adheres to the open education, and is implementing international strategy. So far, the university has established cooperative relations with over 240 institutions of higher learning and research institutes in more than 37 countries and regions. In 2005, the International Association of Marine-related Institutions (IAMRI) was proposed and founded at OUC. New members and expanded cooperation programs are continuously added to the list. In 2005, OUC joined in “Sino-US 10+10”, a joint program between 10 excellent universities in China and 10 prestigious universities in the UC system (University of California in the U.S.) In 2008, the Confucius Institute in Texas was jointly established by OUC and Texas A&M University. In addition, OUC has also established Center for Sino-Germany Cooperation in Marine Sciences, Sino-Australian Joint Research Centre for Coastal Management, Sino-Korean Research Center for Marine Development, OUC-WHOI International Joint Research Centre, OUC-Auburn University Joint Research Centre for Aquiculture and Environment Engineering, etc. Currently, OUC has built cooperation with ASEAN Fisheries Education Network as a new member of ASWEAN-FEN+.