School Profile — About Hainan Tropical Ocean University


Located in the southernmost part of China, Hainan Tropical Ocean University (HTOU) is the only state-owned comprehensive university jointly constructed by Hainan Provincial Peoples Government, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and State Oceanic Administration of P. R. C. and Sanya Municipal Peoples Government. It is granted as one of the ten “Educational Aid Centers” by Ministry of Education, China, “China-ASEAN Education and Training Center” by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, China, “Regional Research Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization University” and “China International Youth Center (Hainan)”. HTOU enjoys the priority to establish Postgraduate Education Institution for MTA (Master of Tourism Administration) with the approval of the State Council Academic Degree Committee in the program of “Talent Cultivation Program for National Special Needs”. It serves as a cradle of talents cultivation for south central Hainan and functions as a center for knowledge innovation, social service and culture inheritance.

Its predecessors were Hainan Li and Miao Autonomous Region Normal School established in 1954 by Guangdong Province and Hainan Li and Miao Autonomous Prefecture Teachers’ College established in 1958. After several merges, splits, adjustments and name changes, in 1993, it developed into Qiongzhou College (for post-secondary education), a merger of Hainan Tongza Normal Post-secondary College and Hainan Tongza College of Education. After years of construction and development, it was upgraded and renamed into Qiongzhou University (for undergraduate education) in 2006. In April 2006, Hainan Normal School for Nationalities was merged into Qiongzhou University. Its main campus was moved from Wuzhishan City to Sanya City in 2008. In September 2015, its name was changed into Hainan Tropical Ocean University.

HTOU has two campuses respectively located in Sanya and Wuzhishan, covering a total area of over 133.33 hectares. HTOU has a gross floor area of 385,800 square meters, among which 171,400 square meters are for teaching and administration. The value of fixed asset reaches to 894,453,700 RMB and the total value of teaching and scientific research facilities being 101,159,600 RMB. There are 1,277,100 paper books and 342,800 electronic books in the library.

HTOU now has 12 schools offering 1 MTA (Master of Tourism Administration) program, 44 undergraduate programs and 12 post-secondary programs. Its educational disciplines have expanded into 9 fields which are Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Management, Law, History, Agriculture and Education and Philosophy. HTOU has 1 national discipline comprehensive reform pilot project, 4 provincial key disciplines, 5 provincial characteristic majors, 11 provincial excellent courses, 6 provincial teaching teams, 2 provincial key laboratories, and 1 provincial experimental teaching demonstration center for fundamental courses. It has formed a disciplinary system pattern of marine, tourism, ethnology and ecology.

Currently, HTOU has about 1000 faculty members. Some experts of HTOU are enjoying state-council-level and provincial-level special allowances. Some are elected as national candidates of the New Century Talents Project, first and second level candidates of provincial 515 Talents Project, national excellent teachers and provincial star teachers. More Ph.D and master supervisors and Dual-qualification teachers from enterprises or scientific research institutions have joined in HTOU.

HTOU has 14,640 full-time students including 51 postgraduates, 11,354 undergraduates, 3,235 students of post-secondary programs and 103 international students. The university always adheres to the talent cultivation idea of “Serving to Demands, Focusing on Mind Development, Combining General and Special Skills, Developing Moralities and Abilities, Uniting Knowledge and Behavior, Being Innovative and Independent, and Assuming Responsibilities”, highlight the status of teaching quality, innovates talent training modes, and constantly promotes talent training quality. In recent 3 years, students of HTOU won 361 national awards and 969 provincial awards. Students performed outstandingly in different national contests such as the Challenge Cup, National Mathematical Modeling Contest, Electronic Design Contest, National Tour Guide Contest and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Skills Competition. Students of HTOU have honorably won 31 national first prize and 86 national second prize.

HTOU has a group of bases and centers, which support the development of different disciplines, serve to the needs of scientific research and talents cultivation, promote the inheritance and innovation of Hainan ethnic culture and boost the development of local economy and society. In recent years, HTOU has established the following bases and centers: Regional Research Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization University, Education Aid Center of Ministry of Education, China International Youth Center (Hainan), Experimental Center for Moral Development Activities of the National Youth, Training Base for Social Talents of Ministry of Civil Affairs and Hainan Social Work, Hainan Tourism Collaborative Innovation Center, Research Center of Hainan International Island Recreational Tourism, Research Center for Hainan Ethnic Studies, Institute of Hainan Cross-Strait Ethnic Minorities Research, Hainan Literature Research Center, Hainan Academy of Rain Forests, etc.

HTOU focuses on offering scientific and technology supports, culture influences and intellectual services, contributing to the development of local economy and society. In recent years, HTOU has successively undertook innovative projects on national, provincial, municipal and university levels, engaged in such programs as “National Teachers Training Program”, “Provincial Teachers Training Program” and “Social Work Talents Support Program for Remote Poverty-Stricken Areas, organized international public service activities such as BRICS Leaders Meeting and Boao Forum for Asia, etc and conducted social practice activities for college students, including bringing culture, technology and health-care skills to countrysides, introducing science and education, arts and sports, law and health to communities, offering teaching supports voluntarily, etc.

HTOU makes full use of the geographical advantages and opportunities brought by Sanya City - an open and international tourism city, implementing the international development strategy of “Running the University Openly and Steadily”. It has carried out international education and cultural cooperation and exchanges, and established partnerships with 100 universities from over 60 countries and regions like Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, U.S.A, Russia, Austria, Canada, Ukraine, and Australia, etc. In April 2008, HTOU was approved to be one of the only ten Educational Aid Centers of Ministry of Education and has successfully held seven sessions of High Level Seminar on Tourism Management for Developing Countries. In 2012, HTOU successfully became a member of University of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. In 2014, the University Science Park of HTOU gained approval from Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education. In January 2015, HTOU has become “China-ASEAN Education and Training Center”.

In recent years, the university has undertaken 962 scientific research programs including 16 national programs and 350 ministerial and provincial programs and won 26 ministerial and provincial awards. It has gained fruitful achievements in studying Hainan Li and Miao Nationalities’ local culture, in which General History of Li Nationality has been approved as a major project of Social Science Fund and is a groundbreaking project in Hainan social science field. HTOU has been successively granted with the honorary titles of “10 Outstanding Universities for Industry-University-Research Cooperation in Hainan”,Hainan Advanced University for Cultivating Innovative Scientific and Technological Talents”, “Award for Outstanding Contribution for Hainan Industry-University-Research Cooperation during 12th Five-Year Plan, “Outstanding Unit for Hainan Industry-University-Research Cooperation during 12th Five-Year Plan”, and “Advanced Unit for National College Students Social Practice”, etc.

During the period of the 13th Five-Year Plan, HTOU will continue to uphold its motto of Illustrious Virtue, Extensive Study, Utmost Endeavors and Earnest Practice and make the following efforts: to gather more talents; to run the university with rich connotation, unique characters, lean management, high quality, innovative ideas and application-oriented education; to stick to people-oriented educational concept and train all-round talents with excellent morality; to build up an educational philosophy of Spiritual Education, Wisdom Cultivation; to abide by the management principle of Managing Mind with Care, Working on Posts with Savvy; and to stick to the service idea of Spiritual Care, Benevolent First. HTOU will continue to work on the following 6 fields, including promoting the qualification of teachers, improving teaching quality, enhancing scientific research abilities, building campus culture, realizing management efficiency and strengthening CCP construction, and lay a solid foundation for building up the university into an internationalized, open, applied and unique regional brand university.

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