Dalian Maritime University Dalian Maritime University China | Best Maritime Schools In The World

Dalian Maritime University (DMU) is one of the largest and best maritime universities and is the only key maritime institution under the Ministry of Transport, China. DMU enjoys a high reputation internationally as an excellent center of maritime education and training as recognized by International Maritime Organization (IMO). 

The long history of the University can be traced back to 1909. In 1983, the Asia-Pacific Region Maritime Training Center was established at DMU by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO. In 1985 a branch of the World Maritime University (WMU) was established. In 1997, DMU became one of the member universities of “Project 211”, a plan to build one hundred national-level universities in China. Up to now, more than 90000 advanced professionals have been educated and trained at DMU, most of which have become the backbone of China’s shipping industry.


DMU is located in southwestern Dalian, which is a famous coastal city in northeastern China with a population of six million. The University covers an area of 1.36 million square meters. The University owns the buildings for maritime sciences that contain fully functional equipment 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 100 laboratories for teaching, training and research that also include a full mission ship-handling simulator and an engine room simulator. DMU also owns and operates two ocean-going training vessels.


The university consists of 19 teaching and research units, including Navigation College, Marine Engineering College, Information Science and Technology College, Transportation and Management College, Environmental Science and Engineering College, Transportation Equipments and Ocean Engineering College, Law School, School of Foreign Languages, Public Management and Humanities College, School of Marxism, Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics, etc. Presently, DMU has 7 Post-doctoral Research Centers, 6 Primary Discipline Doctoral Programs, 32 Subordinate Discipline Doctoral Programs, 18 Primary Discipline Master’s Programs, 97 Subordinate Discipline Master’s Programs, and 51 undergraduate programs. The current student population has risen to approximately 20000. 


DMU has an international vision regarding academic cooperation and exchange. Since 1979, DMU has established cooperative relations with more than 105 international renowned maritime institutions, which include those in Russia, USA, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, Australia, Sweden, Egypt, Vietnam and Sri Lanka etc. The academic relationships with these sister universities are maintained through mutual visits, faculty staff and student exchanges, joint programs and joint research projects. Moreover, the University has established long-term cooperative relationships with international organizations and institutions, including the IMO, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), Global Maritime Education and Training Association (GlobalMET), the International Maritime Lecturers Association (IMLA), Asia-Pacific Economics Cooperation (APEC), as well as some world famous shipping companies such as Lloyd’s Register, NYK. 


DMU was enrolled in the first batch of institutions under the Chinese Government Scholarship Program and began to recruit international students in 1955. Moreover, DMU has been entrusted by Liaoning Provincial Government and Dalian Municipal Government since 2008 to select excellent international students for Liaoning Provincial Government Scholarship and Dalian Government Scholarship. Up to now, more than 5,000 international students and advanced professionals from over 70 countries and regions have been educated and trained at DMU.


Facing the future, DMU is determined to focus on our mission by exploring and grasping exciting opportunities, and creatively addressing new challenges. With our multiple disciplines for research and education, we will achieve our goal of upgrading the University to a high-level university with distinct maritime characteristics.

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