Professor Changlong Guan and Ms Hongtao Li, Dean and Deputy Dean from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at the highly regarded Ocean University China (OUC), landed in Tasmania on the 9 August 2018.
Professor Guan and Ms Li were hosted in Hobart, joining the graduation ceremony for the College of Sciences and Engineering on Saturday 11 August as part of the Academic Procession. Marking a milestone in the exciting journey shared by OUC and the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the two deans travelled to witness the first student cohort of the joint teaching program receive their degrees.
Beginning their Tasmanian journey in 2014, the graduating students received a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science with Honours (Specialisation) from the University of Tasmania as well as a Bachelor degree from OUC.
The University of Tasmania and OUC enjoy a strong partnership, built on a quality learning and teaching experience and world-class research. The joint program students are some of the brightest in China, with approximately 90% of OUC students commencing at the University of Tasmania receiving Academic Merit scholarships.
With more than 45 000 students, Ocean University of China is a major centre for oceanography and fisheries science in China, and has taught 70 per cent of the country's PhD graduates in those disciplines. There are obvious synergies between IMAS and OUC's teaching and research programs and the collaboration reflects the strong international reputation that IMAS has in its key areas of focus.