In a bid to further strengthen the existing cooperation  with the International Seabed Authority, China has granted funding to support five candidates to pursue Masters or Doctorate degrees in Marine Science at the Tongji University.

The Scholarship Program Announcement stresses that all applications must be submitted to either Professor Zhou Hyaiyang of the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences at Tongji University or through the Tongji University’s International Students Office by 15 December 2009.

For the successful applicants, the first academic year is probationary. Candidates will only be considered as being qualified to prepare their dissertations after passing all the degree exams and the interim evalations in that first academic year. Credits scored on probation, however,  will be included in the total credits.

In June this year, the Authority signed a MOU with China to strengthen existing cooperation in issues relating to the international seabed in the field of geological modeling of new mineral resources; the establishment of technical standards for marine protected areas (MPAs) and to assist in aspects of personnel training and marine science popularization.