Ocean enthusiasts around the world are presented with an exciting opportunity to dive into the latest frontiers in science. A first of its kind from China, the Academy of the Future Ocean at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao are offering Global Ocean Open Courses, an international program that features top-level lectures live-streamed on multiple academic platforms.
As the ocean plays a critical role in shaping our planet’s health, understanding its complexities is of utmost importance. The Global Ocean Open Courses invites the world’s top experts in marine science and related fields to share the latest international scientific findings and knowledge. With a global vision and commitment to international standards, the program offers a unique perspective on the ocean’s challenges and discoveries.
“The program involves interdisciplinary studies and focuses on deep international cooperation, with each course featuring lectures by professors from our academy and abroad.” explains Li Jianping, dean of the academy. “Through joint research and teaching, we are trying out a new model of international collaboration.”
Since its worldwide launch in July 2022, the online program has already made a significant impact attracting more than 100,000 views and participants from over a dozen countries and regions. The inclusive approach breaks previous barriers, as these courses were once restricted to domestic attendees. Now, the program reaches out to knowledge-seekers worldwide, fostering a global community interested in ocean conservation and research. Foreign lecturers so far have come from the United States, Germany, and Sweden. It currently consists of four English-delivered lectures, though aims to introduce 10 additional courses by 2025.
One such lecture, delivered by professor Xu Bochao, explored the use of Ra-226 — the most abundant radium isotope found in the ocean — as a tracer of thermohaline circulation. His insight is that the course “has played a good role in the publicity, popularization and promotion of international frontier hot spots and has contributed to the latest progress in isotope oceanography research”.
About Ocean University of China (OUC)
- earth science
- plant and animal science
- materials science
- agricultural sciences
- biology and biochemistry
- environmental science and ecology
- pharmacology and toxicology.
OUC aims at becoming a top comprehensive research university with a strong emphasis on marine sciences by 2030, and a world-class university with distinct characteristics by the middle of this century.