Joint Venture

Auburn University is expanding to international waters thanks to a new partnership with the Ocean University of China to create the OUC-AU Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Sciences.

Auburn Provost Timothy Boosinger and OUC President Zhigang Yu met in November with administrators from both schools to implement the agreement that promotes collaboration in aquaculture and environmental science research and education. The joint center is the result of a decades-long relationship between the two universities and will build on the schools’ shared strengths in fisheries, aquatic and environmental sciences.

A key element of the center’s work will be the OUC–AU grants program. Through
the program, seed funding will be provided to Ocean University and Auburn scientists who propose cooperative research in the fields of aquaculture and environmental sciences.

“Auburn University has a long history of engagement with OUC in the areas of faculty and student exchanges and research collaborations,” said Henry Fadamiro, assistant dean, Global Programs director and Alumni Professor in Auburn’s College of Agriculture. “We look forward to realizing the research potential this latest collaboration represents.”

Fadamiro serves as Auburn’s director of the joint center.