Changchun University of Science and Technology


Changchun University of Science and Technology (CUST) is designated high risk for its moderate number of defence laboratories, defence research areas and involvement in armaments science.

CUST is primarily supervised by the Jilin Provincial Government but has also been under the administration of SASTIND and its predecessors for over 30 years over its history. The university specialises in photoelectric technology and has a strong focus on defence research. CUST describes itself as having ‘safeguarding national defence as its sublime responsibility and sacred mission.’

CUST is a member of the B8 Cooperation Innovation Alliance (B8协同创新联盟 or 中国兵器协同创新联盟), a group of eight Chinese research institutions that specialize in armaments science—the ‘B’ in ‘B8’ stands for Chinese work for armaments, bingqi (兵器). In April 2018, CUST established the School of Artificial Intelligence (人工智能学院) and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (人工智能研究院 ). CUST researchers working on AI are likely involved in research related to facial recognition technology.!downloadArticleFile.action?attachType=PDF&id=7191

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

  • Photoelectric and laser technology
  • Optical transmission and detection technology
  • Testing and measurement technology and instruments
  • Military industry manufacturing and its automation
  • Military-use critical materials

Noteworthy international collaborations

CUST oversees joint master’s degree projects with Russia’s St Petersburg State University and ITMO University on optical engineering. CUST also runs joint undergraduate projects on photoelectric information technology and engineering with Delaware State University in the United States. CUST established a Confucius Institute at Russia’s Buryat State University in 2007 and also claims to host a Confucius Classroom in the same city. ;

Last updated 15 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.