Introduction to OUC
Ocean University of China (OUC, website: http://www.ouc.edu.cn) is a comprehensive university with particular strengths in oceanography and fisheries science. We have four campuses – Yushan, Fushan, Laoshan and Huangdao, which is currently under construction – all of which are united under our motto “Ocean embraces all streams; exploring promises reaching far.”
OUC was one of the first universities approved to confer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees by the State Academic Degree Committee and it now offers courses in science, engineering, agronomy (fisheries), pharmaceutics, economics, management, liberal arts, law, education, history, and art. In 2017 it was included in China’s plan of building “Double First-Rate” universities, having previously also been on the list of “Project 985” universities (a list of China’s top 40 universities) and “Project 211” institutions (of China’s top 100 universities). It is now the recipient of significant national and provincial support and funding, which supports its bid to become a world class university.
The university is proud to be the cradle of China’s marine professionals and it counts a large number of China’s marine science specialists among its alumni. 70% of China’s PhD holders in oceanography and fisheries graduated from OUC; in addition, 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. OUC alumni also comprise 68% of the winners of the National Foundation Awards for Distinguished Young Researchers in Oceanography and 46% of the winners of the National Foundation Awards for Distinguished Young Researchers in fisheries.
OUC boasts a number of national-level research institutions, including the National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, the Research Center for the Marine Development of China and the National Research Center for Marine Pharmaceutical Engineering Technology. The university is also in the top 1% of the most-cited universities and scientific institutions in nine research fields (ESI): plant and animal science, earth science, engineering, chemistry, agricultural sciences, materials science, biology and biochemistry, environmental science and ecology, and pharmacology and toxicology. As a result it is recognized as the driving force behind China’s marine research and application.
We celebrate to a policy of open education, and we are implementing an internationally-focused strategy. To date, the university has established cooperative relations with over 240 universities and research institutes in more than 37 countries and regions. In 2005, the International Association of Marine-Related Institutions was founded at OUC with new members and cooperative programs continuing to join its ranks every year.
OUC has strong ties with colleagues around the world through its support of Confucius Institutes and joint research centers. In 2005, OUC joined Sino-US 10+10, a joint program between 10 of the best universities in China and 10 prestigious institutions in the University of California system (US) and in 2008, the Confucius Institute in Texas was jointly established by OUC and Texas A&M University. In addition, OUC has founded the Center for Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences, the Sino-Australian Joint Research Centre for Coastal Management, the Sino-Korean Research Center for Marine Development, the OUC-WHOI International Joint Research Centre and the OUC-Auburn University Joint Research Centre for Aquiculture and Environment Engineering. Most recently, OUC has entered into a cooperation with the ASEAN Fisheries Education Network as a new member of ASEAN-FEN+.
The 21st century is an ocean-focused century and, inspired by this, our goal is to develop a high-level university with international visibility which will lay the foundations for becoming a research-oriented university as we approach our 100th anniversary. By 2025, OUC will be further developed into a top-level comprehensive research university with a strong emphasis on marine sciences. Building on this, OUC will press ahead with reform and innovation to become a world-class university with distinct characteristics by the middle of this century. The combination of educating the next generation of thinkers and leaders and of investing in research supports our on-going aim of making China increasingly strong through rapid and sustainable development.
Foreign Teacher Activity
Qingdao is a major city in the east of Shandong Province on China’s Yellow Sea coast. It is the city that has the highest GDP in its province. Qingdao has a total coastline (including its islands) of 862.64 km, of which 730.64 km are continental coastline with features similar to that of California’s north coast.
Seafood is a typical delicacy of the coastal city, divided into two categories: “Great Seafood” including sea cucumbers, abalones, shark’s fin, prawns, crabs, conch, and some big fish, and “Little Seafood” comprising squid, shrimps, octopus, oysters, razor clams, clams, periwinkles, yellow croakers, etc.
Qingdao has a temperate, four-season climate. Winter is cool to cold and windy, but generally dry, with a January average of ?0.2 °C. Summer is generally hot and humid, but very hot days are rare, with an August average of 25.4 °C (77.7 °F). Due to its proximity to the coast and being on a peninsula, it experiences a one-month delayed spring compared to most inland areas of China, and the annual diurnal temperature variation is only 6.3 °C (11.3 °F). Conversely, autumn is milder than inland areas in Shandong.