Shanghai Ocean University

Why Study at Shanghai Ocean University, China

Founded in 1912, Shanghai Ocean University was on the bank of the Huangpu River, with an area of 700,000 square meters. The university is characterized by aquaculture, food science, fishery economics, fishery laws, and stresses the coordinated development of multiple disciplines and expertise in agriculture, science, engineering, economics, arts and management. The university has good educational facilities, well-equipped laboratories and special experimental equipment.

(1) History 

The history of SHOU can be traced back to Jiangsu Provincial Fisheries School founded in 1912. In 1904, Zhang Jian, a well-known industrialist and educator, proposed “fishery right is equal to sea right” to defend encroachment on fishery resources and safeguard the sea rights of China. He proposed to the Qing Government to establish a fishery school. Later on, with assistance of Huang Yanpei and fund-raising efforts of Zhang Liu, the first president, the school was formally founded in 1912 as one of the earliest fishery schools in China.  In 1927, the school was renamed Fisheries School of College of Agriculture, National 4th Zhongshan University, and then resumed its former name, namely Jiangsu Provincial Fisheries School. In 1937, the school was destroyed in the flames of war during Song Hu Anti-Janpanese Battle on August 13, and relocated to Hechuan in Sichuan Province to continue fishery education. In 1938, the fisheries department was established in the National Second Middle School, and then National Sichuan Fisheries Technical School was established in 1943.  In 1947, the school was restored in Shanghai, named as Shanghai Municipal Wusong Fisheries Technical School, and then renamed Shanghai Fisheries Technical School in 1951.  In 1952, the school was upgraded as Shanghai Fisheries Institute, becoming the first higher institute of fishery learning with undergraduate programs in China. In 1972, under the influence of the Cultural Revolution, the institute was relocated to Jimei, Xiamen, renamed as Xiamen Fisheries Institute.  In 1979, it was relocated back to Shanghai and resumed its name, but Xiamen Fisheries Institute was kept as well. In 1985, it was renamed Shanghai Fisheries University. To cater to the need of marine development of China, it was renamed as Shanghai Ocean University in 2008. In 2010, Shanghai Municipal government and State Oceanic Administration signed an agreement to mutually construct Shanghai Ocean University. Then in 2011, Shanghai government and the Ministry of Agriculture made the joint statement to build Shanghai Ocean University together. Motto of SHOU: Diligence, Sincerity, Dedication and Practicality. 

(2) Discipline and programs

Shanghai Ocean University now has 1 national key discipline, 3 first-class Shanghai university disciplines (1 for A Type, and 2 for B Type), 12 key disciplines at provincial and ministerial level, 5 national characteristic specialties, 3 national superior courses, 20 Shanghai municipal superior courses, 2 Shanghai municipal superior courses for PE and health education, 8 demonstrative English courses of Shanghai Municipality, 1 teaching team at national level and 4 at municipal level, 2 experimental teaching demonstration center at national level. SHOU now has 12 colleges (departments). The university has a complete education system, noticeable preponderant disciplines and outstanding research achievements. It has the postgraduate education, general undergraduate education, continuing education, and education of international students. The university has 2 centers for post-doctoral studies, 3 doctorate programs of first-level disciplines, 24 doctorate programs of second-level disciplines, 10 master programs of first-level disciplines, 55 master programs of second-level disciplines, and 3 programs for the professional postgraduate degree, covering 8 fields, 47 under-graduate majors, and 10 higher vocational specialties with about 12300 full-time students enrolled for bachelor and associate programs, and 3050 postgraduates. 

(3) Academic facilities and Scientific research 

Shanghai Ocean University consists of three campuses, namely the campus at Hucheng Ring Road in Pudong New Area, campus at Jungong Road in Yangpu District and campus at Minxing Road in Yangpu District. According to the overall distribution planning of Shanghai universities, SHOU was relocated to Lin’gang New City, Shanghai in 2008. Located in Hucheng Ring Road, the new campus occupies an area of approximately 1600 mu, and the planning construction area is 586,000 m2. The university has good educational facilities, well-equipped laboratories and special experimental equipment. The university has 3 Shanghai engineering technology research centers, 5 Shanghai university key labs, 1 Shanghai university engineering research center, 1 Shanghai university collaborative innovation center, 1 Shanghai university knowledge service platform, 1 Shanghai university aquaculture E-institute, and 1 Shanghai social investigation and research center.

(4) Shanghai Ocean University Achievement

Shanghai Ocean University has won 7 first prizes and 14 second prizes for teaching achievements in Shanghai Municipality. Since the 12th Five-Year Plan, SHOU has made a number of breakthroughs in research of the natural sciences and humanities, philosophy and social sciences, and made major contributions in aquaculture, marine fishery, aquatic product processing, food safety, low-temperature logistics of agricultural products, and fishing economics and management, and has won 2 awards for scientific and technological advancement at national level, 16-plus awards at provincial level, and 6 awards for policy-making consulting in Shanghai Municipality.

(5) Communication and international cooperation

Shanghai Ocean University has built a close cooperation relationship with universities countries as U.S.A, Japan, Russia, Australia, Korea and areas as Taiwan and Hongkong, as well as with several international organizations. It has signed cooperation agreements with 79 universities and research institutes in 23 countries. The university has exchanged overseas students with universities in several countries, and there are currently 126 international students studying at SHOU. The university has participated in Sino-US cooperative projects on marine living resources for a long period, and established friendly cooperation with such international organizations as the FAO, Asian Fisheries Society, and Management Center of International Aquatic Living Resources.

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