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Founded in 1924
3,405 Faculty Staff
Ocean University of China (OUC) is a key comprehensive university under the immediate administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE); its departments cover a wide range of disciplines with particular strengths in oceanography and fisheries. It is included in both China’s Project 985 and Project 211 and in September 2017, OUC was included in the A category of China's initiative to build world-class universities.
The motto of OUC is “Ocean embraces all streams; exploring promises reaching far”.
OUC, founded in 1924, has previously been called Private Qingdao University, National Qingdao University, National Shandong University and Shandong University. It developed into Shandong Oceanographic College in 1959 and was recognized as one of the thirteen national key comprehensive universities in 1960. In 1988, it was renamed as Qingdao Ocean University and in 2002, it was renamed Ocean University of China.
OUC has three campuses – Yushan, Fushan and Laoshan, covering a total area of 1.6 square kilometers with 18 colleges and one teaching center for fundamental courses. Besides, a marine science and education innovation park (a campus located on the West shoreline of Qingdao) with an area of 2 square kilometers is currently under construction. Currently, OUC has 25,000 full-time students, including 15,000 undergraduates, 8,300 post-graduate students and 1,800 doctoral candidates, as well as 3,405 faculty and staff members, including 1,683 full-time teachers and 12 academicians of both Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.
OUC aims to develop students into qualified professionals with national spirit and an awareness of social responsibility, an international vision and spirit of cooperation, outlooks from both sciences and humanities, and innovative mind as well as practical skills and endeavors to fulfill its mission of cultivating leading talent for China's marine-related fields. OUC adheres to an undergraduate education philosophy of "General knowledge aided with professional application." It adopts an independent course selection system and a recognition system for academic and graduation identification, and strives to cultivate inter-disciplinary and high-caliber talents. 14 of our graduates have become academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Three of our graduates have served as the Head of the State Oceanic Administration. In addition, more than half of the 75 scientists on China’s first Antarctic expedition were OUC’s proud graduates.
OUC has three teaching and scientific research vessels and “DONG FANG HONG 3”, a state-of–art 5,000 DWT general-purpose research vessel for deep sea and high seas (in construction), forming an integrated mobile laboratory system covering from coastal, offshore to deep-sea and to the polar region with first-rate on-site observation capability at sea. OUC is the main supporter of the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology. It hosts two functional laboratories of “Marine Dynamic Process and Climate” and “Marine Drugs and Biological Products” and participates in the construction of other 6 functional laboratories as a major strength.
According to the ESI database, OUC is among the top 1% of scientific institutions in 9 research fields including geoscience, botany and zoology, engineering, chemistry, material science, agricultural sciences, biology and biochemistry, environmental science and ecology, pharmacology and toxicology. It has won many national awards, including one first prize and two second prizes of the National Technology and Invention Award, one second prize of the National Natural Science Award and nine second prizes of the National Science and Technology Progress Award. Since the implementation of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, OUC has undertaken more than 1,100 research projects at national level, and won 34 awards for science and technology and 51 awards for humanities and social sciences at both provincial and ministerial levels. OUC has published more than 17,000 papers indexed by SCI, EI and ISTP, applied for 1,704 patents and obtained 918 granted patents, including 26 international ones.
OUC aims to become a high-level research university with international visibility and unique strengths by 2020, a world-class comprehensive ocean-oriented university by 2030, and a world-class university with unique strengths by the middle of this century.