Located in the southernmost part of China, Hainan Tropical Ocean University (HTOU) is the only state-owned comprehensive university jointly constructed by Hainan Provincial People’s Government, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and State Oceanic Administration of P. R. C. and Sanya Municipal People’s Government. It is granted as one of the ten “Educational Aid Centers” by Ministry of Education, China, “China-ASEAN Education and Training Center” by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, China, “Regional Research Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization University” and “China International Youth Center (Hainan)”. HTOU enjoys the priority to establish Postgraduate Education Institution for MTA (Master of Tourism Administration) with the approval of the State Council Academic Degree Committee in the program of “Talent Cultivation Program for National Special Needs”. It serves as a cradle of talents cultivation for south central Hainan and functions as a center for knowledge innovation, social service and culture inheritance.
Its predecessors were Hainan Li and Miao Autonomous Region Normal School established in 1954 by Guangdong Province and Hainan Li and Miao Autonomous Prefecture Teachers’ College established in 1958. After several merges, splits, adjustments and name changes, in 1993, it developed into Qiongzhou College (for post-secondary education), a merger of Hainan Tongza Normal Post-secondary College and Hainan Tongza College of Education. After years of construction and development, it was upgraded and renamed into Qiongzhou University (for undergraduate education) in 2006. In April 2006, Hainan Normal School for Nationalities was merged into Qiongzhou University. Its main campus was moved from Wuzhishan City to Sanya City in 2008. In September 2015, its name was changed into Hainan Tropical Ocean University.
HTOU has two campuses respectively located in Sanya and Wuzhishan, covering a total area of over 133.33 hectares. HTOU has a gross floor area of 385,800 square meters, among which 171,400 square meters are for teaching and administration. The value of fixed asset reaches to 894,453,700 RMB and the total value of teaching and scientific research facilities being 101,159,600 RMB. There are 1,277,100 paper books and 342,800 electronic books in the library. Currently, HTOU has about 1000 faculty members. HTOU has 14,640 full-time students including 51 postgraduates, 11,354 undergraduates, 3,235 students of post-secondary programs and 103 international students. The university always adheres to the talent cultivation idea of “Serving to Demands, Focusing on Mind Development, Combining General and Special Skills, Developing Moralities and Abilities, Uniting Knowledge and Behavior, Being Innovative and Independent, and Assuming Responsibilities”, highlight the status of teaching quality, innovates talent training modes, and constantly promotes talent training quality.