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Ocean University of China (OUC) is a comprehensive university with its strength in oceanography and fisheries science, which is under the direct administration of the State Ministry of Education. OUC has been approved as one of the national key universities with “Project 985” and “Project 211”.


Ocean University of China originated from the Private Qingdao University which was first founded in 1924, and subsequently went through several historical changes respectively as National Qingdao University, National Shandong University and Shandong University. In 1988, the name Ocean University of Qingdao was formed and inscribed by Mr. Deng Xiaoping, the late chairman of China. In October 2002, the present name, Ocean University of China, was given with the ratification of the State Ministry of Education.


Currently OUC has three campuses with over 22 colleges and departments and 71 undergraduate programs. 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. At present, OUC boasts five national key disciplines; six disciplines entitled to confer Doctoral degrees, seven post-doctoral mobile stations and 44 programs for Ph.D. degrees, 17 disciplines conferring Master’s degrees, 131 programs for Master’s degrees.


The University has over 24,400 registered students, including 5,115 doctoral or master’s degree students, over 11,691 undergraduates and 1,200 international students. There are altogether over 1230 full-time faculty members, including five academicians with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, three academicians with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, three dually employed academicians, nine professors in the Cheung Kong Scholars Program and five visiting professors. In addition, over 217 supervisors for Ph.D. students are on staff. 47.1% of the faculty members have Doctoral Degrees and the number of professors under the age of 45 accounts for 85.8% of the total faculty.


With over 70 laboratories for teaching and experiments with distinctive features in marine sciences, OUC boasts advanced teaching conditions and complete facilities. The University owns the “Dong Fang Hong 2”, a research vessel with a displacement of 3,500 tons. This vessel is used for both teaching and scientific research. The University Library has established a foreign language database for oceanography and fishery science, which is quite comprehensive and complete compared with other databases of its kind in the world. It is now the National Center for Marine Science Literature Information Retrieval.


While conscientiously implementing the national policy on education, OUC constantly seeks to deepen reform in education and teaching, and has gradually set up a dynamic, rational, sustainable and brand-new teaching system for undergraduate students. The education for post-graduate students has also been improved in terms of scale and level as well as its distinctive features.


The 21st century is an ocean-focused century. The development goal of Ocean University of China is to build a high-level university with strength in oceanography and fisheries so as to lay an initial foundation for a research-oriented university in 2010. By 2025 OUC will be further developed into a top-level comprehensive research university with strong emphasis in marine sciences.


Welcome to study at Ocean University of China(中国海洋大学)