Director Aleksandr Makarov of the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Visits Ocean University of China

On October 25, Director Aleksandr Makarov of the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, visited Ocean University of China. Prof. Yu Zhigang, President of OUC, received the guests and the two sides had a discussion about deepening cooperation.

President Yu Zhigang gave an overview of OUC’s strengths, and its history of cooperation with Russia. He mentioned that Oct. 25 marked the 99th anniversary of OUC', making Director Makarov's visit particularly timely. The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute is the oldest and largest research institution in Russia and an internationally acclaimed polar research center. The two institutions both excel in such fields as Arctic research, geology, ecology, and meteorology, offering significant potential for extensive collaboration. He believed that the two sides could work together in physical oceanography, meteorology, marine ecology and resources, polar politics, and law, through joint scientific research, faculty and student exchange, and collaborative scientific expeditions, to promote the sustainable development of the Arctic and Antarctic regions and enhance Sino-Russian friendship.

Director Aleksandr Makarov gave an overview of AARI and its research strengths. He emphasized the increasing importance of polar research and expeditions in the context of global warming and rapidly intensifying human activities. He hoped that this visit would enhance mutual understanding and strengthen cooperation between the two sides in Arctic and Antarctic research, which would contribute to  the global polar science and to the sustainability of human development.