The Ocean University of China (OUC), in Qingdao, has entered into an academic partnership with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. The university offers studies in all major branches of natural and social sciences alongside engineering, but is especially renowned for its marine sciences and fishery sciences departments.
The university will be working towards gaining accreditation with the IMarEST for its MEng Power Engineering and its BEng Marine Engineering degrees. Accreditation is an independent stamp of excellence of an academic learning programme and generally involves a rigorous peer-review process, analysing the technical content taught and the processes in place to ensure its effective delivery.
All OUC students are also enrolled as Student members of the IMarEST (SIMarEST) and the two organisations are working together to promote one another’s activities.
“IMarEST is widely recognized as one of the top institutes in marine engineering and the partnership between OUC and the IMarEST will definitely be a boost for the internationalisation of the discipline. With the accreditation of higher education programmes, we are confident that our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will attract more attention from outstanding students. We do thank the abundant resources IMarEST provides for us, e.g. the complimentary student membership. All of these effects have shaped a higher quality of our education programmes.” Dr. Han Yuan, Lecturer, Teaching Secretary of Marine Engineering, Ocean University of China.
Students can take advantage of a broad range of benefits including access to awards and funding, access to a virtual library of online resources, a digital subscription to The Marine Professional monthly magazine, publishing opportunities in Marine Technical Notes and access to Ask IMarEST, a member query service where we will help to answer any technical questions they may have relating to marine science, technology or engineering.
Nexus, the IMarEST's online professional network, and access to their local branch will help students to grow their contacts and to take part in activities that will contribute to their initial professional development (IPD), which can help them work towards registration e.g. Chartered status.
“We are delighted to be able to support the university’s students and to be able to work together towards providing an independent seal of approval on some of its engineering courses through our accreditation service,” Samantha Carter, Sales and Account Manager, IMarEST.