Dalian Maritime University (DMU) is the only key maritime institution under the Ministry of Communications, People’s Republic of China.DMU enjoys a high reputation internationally as an excellent center of maritime education and training as recognized by the International Maritime Organization(IMO).

History of DMU
The long history of the University can be traced back to 1909, when the Nanyang Institution in Shanghai established a Shipping Management Section. Chinese higher maritime education went through many difficult periods and was not well developed before the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
DMU was created in 1953 through the amalgamation of three merchant marine institutions: Shanghai Nautical College, the Northeast Navigation College and Fujian Navi

gation School. At the time its name was Dalian Marine College, and it was the only maritime college in China. In 1960, DMU was designated a national key institution of higher education. Later in 1983, the Asia-Pacific Region Maritime Training Center was established at DMU by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the IMO and in 1985 a branch of the World Maritime University(WMU) was established.
With the approval of the Ministry of Education in 1994, the University’s name was changed to the present one. In 1998, the University was awarded the ISO 9001 Certificate of Quality Assurance accredited by the Norwegian Det Norske Veritas(DNV) and the China Maritime Safety Administration(MSA); it became the first maritime university in China to have the ISO9001 Certificate. Former President Jiang Zemin wrote a few words of encouragement for DMU: “Be steadfast, rigorous, industrious, and pioneering in order to build the University into one of the preeminent maritime universities in the world”. In 1997, DMU became a member involved in the National Project 211, a plan to build one hundred national-level universities in China.

Geographical Position of DMU
DMU is located in southwestern Dalian, which is a famous coastal city in northeastern China. The University covers an area of 1.13 million square meters with almost half a million square meters occupied by buildings. The University owns the buildings for maritime sciences that contain fully functional equipments and facilities. There are additional buildings for maritime training and research, survival training, swimming pool, planetarium and libraries. DMU has a training dock and over 40 laboratories for teaching, training and researching which include a full mission ship-handling simulator and an engine room simulator. DMU also owns and operates two ocean-going training vessels of over 10,000 dead-weight tonnage.

Educational and Scientific Strength of DMU

DMU consists of 16 educational and scientific research unites including Navigation College, Marine Engineering College, Information Science and Technology College, Transportation and Management College, Transportation Engineering and Logistics College, School of Law, Environmental Engineering College, Humanities and Social Science College, Foreign Languages College, Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics, Department of Physical Education etc. Currently, the University has 3 post-doctoral programs, 14 doctoral programs, 66 master’s degree programs and 45 undergraduate programs. Both the Traffic Information Engineering and Control and the Marine Engineering are national key disciplines. The University is authorized to confer MBA, MPA, J.M, and Master of Engineering, an on-the-job master’s degree.The current student population of DMU has risen to approximately 23,000. Since the amalgamation, DMU has educated and trained nearly 60,000 advanced professionals and technical authorities for the country. Many of them are now playing essential roles in maritime and maritime-related industries both in and outside of China. Additionally, our university enrolls overseas students for Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree and PhDs. DMU was enrolled in the first batch of institutions under Chinese Government Scholarship Program and began to recruit overseas students in 1955. Up to now more than 4,000 overseas students and advanced professionals from over 70 countries and regions have been educated and trained at DMU.
DMU has a highly qualified faculty team, including 251 professors, 164 doctoral supervisors, 44 discipline leaders, 99 academic leaders, and a large number of excellent young faculty staff members. The team of young specialists and professors is well equipped in profound theoretical knowledge and capable of extensive research in the fields of marine traffic engineering, maritime information engineering, artificial intelligence application on board vessels, ship power systems and energy-saving technology, marine engine repairing, communication and information systems, marine environmental protection and maritime law.
DMU has an academic agreement with 5 academicians of the National Academy of Engineering, 42 chair professor, and 201 visiting professors. With the practical academic focus at DMU, these famous specialists and scholars from across the world can bring the latest concepts and the most advance information in research and theory to DMU faculty staff and students. The staff and students, therefore, have more opportunities to explore and uphold the vision, and consequently can work in a comfortable academic atmosphere.

International Cooperation
The University has an international vision regarding academic cooperation and exchange. Since 1979 when the reform and open-door policy started, DMU has established cooperative relations with more than 30 international renowned maritime institutions, which include those in Russia, USA, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, Australia, Sweden, Egypt and Vietnam. The academic relationships with these sister universities are maintained through mutual visits, faculty staff and student exchanges, joint programs and joint research projects.

In March, 2005 DMU and the World Maritime University jointly began the master degree program on Maritime Safety and Environmental Management, which further improves the University’s ability to conduct joint programs. DMU also established a branch in Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College in Sri Lanka, which began recruiting students in 2007. The program stands for the first output of Chinese advanced maritime education.
Moreover, the University has established long-term cooperative relationship with international organizations and institutions, including the International Maritime Organization(IMO), the International Labor Organization(ILO), the International Association of Maritime Universities(IAMU), the Association of the Maritime Education and Training Institutes in Asia Pacific(AMETIAP), the International Maritime Lecturers Association(IMLA), Asia-Pacific Economics Cooperation(APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN), the International Shipping Federation(ISF), the International Association of Classification Societies(IACS), as well as some world famous shipping companies.
Facing the future with its new opportunities and challenges, DMU will continue to bear in mind its mission statement, “be steadfast, rigorous, industrious, pioneering”. We are determined to focus on our mission by exploring and grasping exciting opportunities, creatively addressing new challenges and, with our multiple disciplines for research and education, we will achieve our goal of upgrading the University to a position of preeminence among the world’s maritime universities.