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Ocean University of China Qingdao

  • Die strategische Partnerschaft mit der Ocean University of China

    Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences

Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences

The Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences has been established in 2012. Since then, the collaborating institutions strive for joint research projects, and jointly contribute to summer schools and symposia. The joint graduate education is a further topic of our efforts.

The University of Bremen (UB) and its departments Physics and Electrical Engineering, Biology, and Geology as well as the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) maintain a close cooperation in marine sciences together with the Ocean University of China (OUC) in Qingdao since 2004. This cooperation was set up together with two institutions in Kiel, namely the Christian-Albrechts-University and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research.

Within our bilateral collaboration we train young academics in marine sciences and enable scientific exchange in education and research. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (MoE) from 2004 to 2011.

Due to this success in our great cooperation between the research institutions in Bremen and Kiel together with the OUC the Center for the Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences (SGMS) on the campus of the OUC in February 2011 was inaugurated. The SGMS unites previous, present, and future bilateral educational activities between German and Chinese partners and strives to continuously enhance our cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and development in marine sciences.
Therefore, the SGMS is committed to building our activities into a sustainable, broad-based and long-term cooperation that allows individual researchers at all levels to be aware of the possibilities for marine research in China and Germany.
Since our collaboration with the founding institutes on such a high educational and academic level became popular within the marine research community more institutions got involved like the Key laboratory of Physical Oceanography (POL), the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) and the “Future Ocean” cluster.
These collaborating institutions are actively involved in the activities of the SGMS either in providing necessary human resources and infrastructure or in strongly contributing to teaching and students’ supervisions.

Collaborating institutionShort description of the collaborating institutions

Universität Bremen
University of Bremen


The University of Bremen (UB) was founded in 1971 and about 23.000 people study, teach, conduct research or are employed here. Today it is one of Germany´s eleven top universities of excellence, renowned for its strength in the natural and human sciences, engineering disciplines, and humanities. About twenty thousand students from 120 countries study at the UB in one of our 20 international master programs.
Ocean University of China
The Ocean University of China (OUC) was founded in 1924 and is under the direct administration of the State Ministry of Education and has been approved as a national key university within the projects 985 and 211. The OUC offers courses in Science, Engineering, Agronomy, Economics, Liberal Arts, Pharmaceutics, Management, Law, and Education with particular strength in oceanography and fisheries science.
University of Kiel

The Christian-Albrechts-Universität University of Kiel (CAU) is the oldest university in Northern Germany. About 25.000 students study at the CAU and about 2.000 people work, teach and conduct research here, mainly in the fields of Marine and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Nano and Surface Science, and Societal, Environmental, Cultural Change (SECC).
Universität Hamburg
University of Hamburg

With more than 40,000 students, the University of Hamburg is one of the largest research and education institutions in Northern Germany. Founded in 1919, the university is divided into eight faculties and offers 150 courses of study.
Carl von Ossietzky Universität
University of Oldenburg

The Carl von Ossietzky University was founded in 1973 and has about 15,000 students. Its aim is to find answers to the great questions of society in the 21st century - with interdisciplinary cutting-edge research and teaching. The spectrum of disciplines ranges from linguistics, cultural studies and the humanities to education, art and music, economics and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and the medical and health sciences founded in 2012.
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research
The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) conducts research on the highly productive tropical coastal ecosystems with its increasing ecological and economic importance since 1991. ZMT is dedicated to the study of these ecosystems, their services to human societies as well as the development of concepts for integrated coastal zone management within the four departments of biogeochemistry and geology, ecological modelling, ecology, and social sciences.
The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel was founded 2012. It employs more than 850 scientific and technical staff, investigating diverse interactions of the sea floor and the oceans and their interactions with the atmosphere within the research divisions of marine biogeochemistry, ocean circulation and climate dynamics, dynamics of the ocean floor and marine ecology.
The Key Laboratory of Physical Oceanography (POL) was founded in 1987 with the support of $1.1 million’s loan from the World Bank and the equivalent domestic funds. Only two years later, the POL was approved as the Open Research Laboratory by the State Education Commission and was listed in the first batch of laboratories promoted to be the Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education. Its main research fields are ocean –atmosphere interaction and climate, ocean wave and mixing as well as ocean circulation dynamics.
The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) was founded in 1990 and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. It conducts research in the Artic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes mainly in the fields of biology, geology and climate science. Therefore it is dedicated to improve the understanding of ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions, the marine organisms in polar and temperate regions as well as the evolution of the polar continents and seas.
The Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) aims at understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system to provide information for a sustainable use of the oceans resources. MARUM conducts research of Ocean and Climate, Geo-Biosphere Interactions, and Sediment Dynamics mainly in the fields of marine geology and biology, environmental physics as well as Social and law sciences.
Future Ocean
The Kiel-based Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” comprises scientists from six faculties and 26 institutes in Kiel, including the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), the Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), the Institute for World Economy (IfW) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts. It aims at a better understanding of ocean changes and its associated potentials and risks.