Faculty of Marine Sciences, Ningbo University was named as Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology before 2011.The Faculty is composed of the Department of Biology and Marine Science, the Department of Aquaculture , the Department of Food Science and Engineering, the Administrative Management, the Scientific Research Center and the Experimental Teaching Center. At present, the Faculty has 6 undergraduate majors, 1 first-level doctoral subject of Aquaculture, 3 second -level doctoral subjects, 2 first-level master subjects of Aquaculture and Food Science and Engineering, and 10 second-level master subjects. In 2007, the major of Aquaculture was evaluated as "Specialty-Major on the National Level". Now, we have 1 Model Experiment and Teaching Center on the National Level, 1 Model Experiment and Teaching Center on the Provincial Level, 1 Off-campus Undergraduate Practical Teaching Base on the National Level. With ‘ Aquaculture’ and ‘ Food Science and Engineering‘ 2 Zhejiang Province first-class disciplines, And the major of Aquaculture for four consecutive years ranked 3 in the country competitiveness.
According to the latest statistics, nearly 150 staff members are working in the faculty, including 39 professors and 51 associate professors. Among them, 89 teachers have gained doctorate, and 12 teachers are pursuing on - job doctorate. In addition, there are 28 PhD supervisors and 97 Master supervisors. At present, the faculty has 1 academicians in the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 teacher works as the vice chairman in the University Teaching Instructive Committee organized by China’s Ministry of Education,2 teachers in the “Excellent Talents for the New Century” selected by China’s Ministry of Education, 2 teachers are in the group of “Millions of the Talented” selected by China’s Ministry of Personnel, 1 “Super Expert in Zhejiang”,3 teachers in the tops of “151 Talents of Zhejiang Province”,4 specially employed professors, including 3 provincial Qianjiang Scholars and 2 municipal Yongjiang Scholars. At present, the number of full time students is 1213, including 672 undergraduates, 457 postgraduates working for master's degree, 67 postgraduates working for doctor's degree and 17 oversea students.
In recent years, the Faculty has been developing by leaps and bounds ,achieving breakthroughs in all aspects. In 2016, the Center for Marine Biomedicine Innovation was approved by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. We have gained 3 Science and Technology Progress Awards on the national level, 2 on the provincial level, 32 on Other provincial and ministerial level 52 on the municipal level. A plenty of research results reaches the international advanced level. Over 300 academic papers can be searched in SCI, EI publication, including a single highest impact factor of 13.9; National invention patents are up to 260. Obtained four new varieties of aquatic products. Besides, there are 11 key laboratories and research centers. For example, the Key National Laboratory of Applied Marine Biotechnology under the guidance of China’s Ministry of Education, the Marine Life Sub-center of Beijing National Biochip Research Center, the Key Laboratory of Marine Biotechnology in Zhejiang , the Collaborative Innovation Center for Zhejiang Marine High-efficiency and Healthy Aquaculture and any more.
In both undergraduate level education and faculty training, college uses the "tripartite integration" approach (integration of researching and teaching, integration of teachers and students, and integration of school and enterprise), and place innovation and entrepreneurship as an important position, to achieve high-quality education and training requirements. Over the past five years, students research projects and high-level scientific and technological achievements show "blowout" growth trend, continuous breakthrough in national awards, led by the aquaculture team "Xiaoping students scientific and technological innovation team" won the first of college students national scientific research projects (a total of four teams in Zhejiang Province), won a first prize of a contest of the "Challenge Cup" Undergraduate curricular academic science and technology, and a Chinese College Students Entrepreneurship Competition Gold Award first prize. Recently, student employment rate has reached to 98% or more. The percentage of undergraduate student taking part in the postgraduate entrance exams was nearly 50%, and the admission rate of 20% or more, and PhD student enrollment rate increased significantly. In undergraduate students, studying abroad for postgraduate degree has become a new trend, entrepreneurial rate continued to rise, and quality of employment has also been uplifted.
School of Marine Sciences (SMS) has also seized the opportunity to develop the ocean economy, combined with the "Ding-Tian-Li-Di" of the university concept referring to being based on Ningbo, serving the Zhejiang Province, and reaching out to the whole country. SMS focuses on its strength, and highlights practical effect for the idea of enterprise-education-research cooperation, expert services, scientific and translation of basic researches and technological achievements, and continuing education for adults. Meanwhile, research teams in SMS continue to carry on the development of new varieties of aquaculture species, the construction of traditional industrial chain, innovation and low-carbon farming technology, cultivate independent innovation capability for the collaborative enterprises to achieve industrial clusters and upgrade and guide the capital cluster for service purposes. The SMS also keeps encouraging all faculty members to carry out innovative work, to form the institute of unique service features and establish our training advantages. To date of 2017,a number of scientific researches in SMS have been transformed and applied to the industry resulting in a direct economic benefits over 1 billion yuan.