Larry Madin, Executive Vice President of WHOI, Visits OUC

President Yu Zhigang meets with Mr. Larry Madin

On January 24, President Yu Zhigang met with Mr. Larry Madin, executive vice president of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) , and discussed the possibility of expanding the existing cooperation between Ocean University of China (OUC) and WHOI.

President Yu extended a warm welcome to the guests. He introduced the current standing of OUC as a part of China’s plan for developing world-class universities, he reviewed past cooperation between the two institutions, and he expressed his hope for future collaboration. This longstanding partnership which started in the 1990s, is characterized by in-depth cooperation in ocean circulation and climate change, ocean dynamics and ocean observation among other fields of research. Many senior researchers at WHOI are employed as Green Card Professors atOUC. Thanks to this joint effort, OUC has achieved rapid progress in ocean observation and technology. The two institutions are also actively pushing for cooperation in the education of talent, with significant results already achieved. Currently OUC is building the Institute of Advanced Studies, which focuses exclusively on marine-related areas. It is hoped that this new institute will serve as a bridge between OUC and the Qingdao National Laboratory of Marine Science and Technology, enabling the exploration of new forms of cooperation with top institutions in the US such as WHOI.

Mr. Larry Madin thanked the university for the warm welcome and he spoke highly of the collaborative work between the two institutions. He called the ideas put forward by President Yu insightful and said that the two institutions should continue the current joint efforts so as to generate more mutually beneficial results.

Also in attendance were Prof. Yang Jiayan, researcher at WHOI, Prof. Lin Xiaopei, researcher at OUC’s Key Laboratory of Physical Oceanography under the Ministry of Education, Mr. Luo Yi, Director of the Development and Planning Office, and Prof. Song Wenhong, Director of the International Office.