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Driven by the Maritime Power Strategy, the Institute of Ocean Research(IOR) of Peking University(PKU) was founded on December 31st, 2013, which was greatly supported by the leaders of PKU, including Shanlu Zhu( Party Secretary of PKU) and Shiyi Chen(the former Vice President of PKU). As the only independent ocean research entity of PKU, the IOR is an interdisciplinary institute operating with new system and new mechanism. Currently, Prof.Dongxiao Zhang was appointed as Dean, and Prof. Liping Zhou and Prof. Lei Wang as Associate Deans.

After its establishment, the IOR successively reached agreements with Hainan Provincial Government as well as Zhejiang Provincial Government to co-build the branch ocean research institutes in Hainan and Zhoushan Archipelago New Area respectively. Meanwhile, the agreement with Sansha Municipal Government for building Sansha Research Center and the one with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGN) for building Offshore Energy Research Institute were signed successfully, and the former one became the first concrete province-school cooperation agreement to be carried out. Besides, the lectures on Deep Ocean and the internal reference journals named Marine Dynamic Express and Strategic Research Report are published. Furthermore, on November 7th, 2014, the Human and Ocean Panel Sessions of Beijing Forum organized by the institute proved to be a great success, which attracted dozens of experts from domesticand abroad. In the middle of the year of 2014, the Center for Maritime Strategic Studies led by Ming Li and MaohongBao was founded, and by the end of the year, the Ocean Mega-data Research Center led by Jimin Wang got into operation. In order to strengthen the ocean consciousness, the instituteorganized the teachers and students to do field investigation on islands during summer and winter vocations, and at the end of the year of 2014, a photography contest was held, which achieved full success.