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With the goal of promoting collaboration in aquaculture and environmental science research and education, Auburn University and Ocean University of China have established the OUC–AU Joint Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Sciences.

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 University 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. Auburn University President Jay Gogue and his counterpart at Ocean University of China, Zhigang Yu, each signed the agreement officially establishing the center earlier this year. In November, Yu and a delegation from Ocean University will visit Auburn’s campus to celebrate the center’s establishment.

For more information, contact Henry Fadamiro at 844-3212 or fadamhy@auburn.edu