The school has also actively promoted its international communication. It has now tied up with many international universities such as MIT, University of Hamburg, Nanyang Technological University. In the past three years, more than 280 exchange and cooperation visits have been made by foreign experts and scholars to the school, more than 100 people were recruited to participate in the exchange training and other further training activities hosted by the school. Moreover, about 30 students were sent to participate in the winter and summer programs of international universities.
In response to the “Belt and Road Initiative”, the school pays great attention in developing a tight cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). On July 29, 2017, the school established the ASEAN-China Smart Ocean Center and has launched a number of events including course training projects, a sailor training project, a video contest to popularize science, several forums in science and technology cooperation as well as exchanges of top students.