Dalian University of Technology

大连理工大学

Dalian University of Technology (DLUT) is designated medium risk for its growing involvement in defence research

DLUT is directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education. In 2018, it came under the supervision of defence industry agency SASTIND as part of the government’s efforts to deepen military-civil fusion in the university sector.https://web.archive.org/web/20190623221913/http://www.gs.xinhuanet.com/news/2018-08/02/c_1123210706.htm In 2006, the university received secret-level security credentials, allowing it to participate in classified defence technology projects.https://web.archive.org/save/http://news.dlut.edu.cn/info/1002/7833.htm Since then, it has expanded cooperation with the PLA Navy and joined several military-civil fusion innovation alliances.

In 2015, the university established a defence laboratory in the School of Mechanical Engineering.https://web.archive.org/web/20190623043916/http://sme.dlut.edu.cn/info/1004/1451.htm The laboratory was proposed by a professor within the University’s Institute of Science and Technology. The Institute of Science and Technology is primarily responsible for high-tech project management, where they manage projects for the 973 Program, the National Natural Science Foundation, and the Ministry of Education.https://web.archive.org/web/20190627043217/http://scidep.dlut.edu.cn/index/jcyjytdg.htm

Major defence laboratories

Defence and security links

Dalian University of Technology cooperates with the PLA Navy and over the past two years, the two entities have jointly supported each other. In a meeting with representatives from the PLA Navy in 2019, the president of the university expressed the school’s dedication to military-civil fusion and national defence technology research. The two sides expressed a desire that the two sides will continue to maintain a cooperative relationship.https://web.archive.org/save/https://news.dlut.edu.cn/info/1002/54569.htm

The university is a participant of the China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry (中国石墨产业技术创新战雷联盟), which is actively involved in military-civil fusion new materials R&D.http://www.c-gia.org/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=lists&catid=92 It is also a participant in the National Defense Technology Industry Nuclear Power Technology Innovation Center (国防科技工业和动力技术创新中心), which is a center affiliated with China National Nuclear Corporation.https://web.archive.org/save/http://www.stdaily.com/cxzg80/kebaojicui/2017-03/22/content_526758.shtml

In 2010 Chinese researchers at the Institute of Systems Engineering of Dalian University of Technology published a paper on how to attack a small U.S. power grid sub-network that would cause failure of the entire U.S. west-coast power grid. These researchers gained access to the power grid vulnerability data from U.S. public information.https://web.archive.org/web/20190627050450/https://www.uscc.gov/china%E2%80%99s-approach-cyber-operations-implications-united-states The project was funded by a MOST grant.https://www.uscc.gov/Research/occupying-information-high-ground-chinese-capabilities-computer-network-operations-and

Noteworthy international collaborations

Dalian University of Technology is a member of the China-EU Engineering Education Alliance (中欧工程教育联盟), the Sino-Russian Engineering University Alliance (中俄工科大学联盟), the “Belt and Road” university alliance (“一带一路”高校联盟), the Central and Eastern European Countries Association of Universities (中东欧国家高校联合会), and the China-ASEAN University of Technology Alliance (中国-东盟工科大学联盟等国际组织).https://dutdice.dlut.edu.cn/intro.htm

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