OUC is recognized as the driving force of China’s marine research and application. OUC boasts a number of research institutions at national level, including National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao, China (under construction), Research Center for Marine Development of China, National Research Center for Marine Pharmaceutical Engineering Technology, etc. According to the ESI database, OUC has reached the top 1% of the most-cited universities and scientific institutions in eight research fields including plant & animal science, earth science, engineering, chemistry, agricultural sciences, materials science, biology and biochemistry, and environment/ecology. According to the Comprehensive Research Report on Competition in Marine Technology by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, statistics show that from 2009 to 2013, OUC ranks No.14 in the world in terms of the amount of academic thesis published and included in the SCI information retrieval systems. Based on the analysis of 29912 theses on all the 50 journals in fishery sciences from 2009-2014 with impact factor, OUC ranked No.5 in terms of the amount of theses published by corresponding authors.