Guangdong University of Technology


Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT) is designated medium risk for its involvement in defence research.

Formerly known as Guangdong Institute of Technology, GDUT was founded in 1958 as a multidisciplinary university specialising in engineering education. In 1995, the former Guangdong Institute of Technology (广东工学院) merged with Guangdong Mechanical Institute (广东机械学院) and South China Construction Institute (East Campus) (华南建设学院 (东院)) to establish GDUT. The university is now a key provincial university of the Guangdong Province High-Level University Construction Project. Its research focuses on emerging fields such as high-end equipment manufacturing, artificial intelligence, new generation communication technology, new energy materials, energy conservation and environmental protection. Guangdong University of Technology obtained secret-level security credentials in around 2017, enabling it to participate in confidential defence and security research.;

GDUT is actively involved in military-civil fusion. In 2017, GDUT invested RMB 600 million (AUD 119 million) to support the joint establishment of the Guangdong National Defence Science and Technology Application Promotion Centre (广东国防科技工业技术成果产业化应用推广中心) with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the Foshan Municipal Government. ; ; ; The centre was listed as an entity in the 13th Five Year Plan for the Deep Development of Military-Civil Fusion in Guangdong Province’s Defence Technology Industry, signaling that it serves as a key unit for military-civil fusion R&D in Guangdong. Through this centre, GDUT plans to establish cooperative innovation platforms in critical areas such as high-end equipment, intelligent manufacturing, IC design, industrial design, advanced material, ecological engineering of environment, bio-pharmaceuticals and soft matter. The centre’s national defence equipment production includes defence robots, military industry anti-aircraft robots, automatic anti-aircraft missiles, and other missile defence systems.;;;;

Two researchers in the School of Information Engineering and the School of Electromechanical Engineering are involved with national defence research. One researcher who focuses on remote sensing and synthetic aperture radar systems cooperates with the military on image processing and analysis of satellite radars. A professor in the School of Electromechanical Engineering has undertaken military projects in the past that focused on inertial confinement fusion experiments.

Defence and security links

The GDUT Big Data Strategic Research Institute (广东工业大学大数据战略研究院) has held two training sessions in 2017 and 2018 for promoting the participation of private enterprises in national defence development and military-civil fusion.; The training seeks to assist private enterprises in understanding the laws and characteristics of China’s national defence development in addition to understanding the relevant laws and policies of “civilian participation in the military”. GDUT also served as a co-organiser of the 2017 China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Military-Civil Fusion Professional Competition (Huizhou competition area). Participants in the competition were required to submit projects with military applications. 

One of the university’s laboratories, the GDUT Product Design and Manufacturing Laboratory (广东工业大学产品设计与制造实验室),  is involved in the aerospace industry and claims to have developed its own national defence expertise. Another laboratory, the GDUT Data Equipment Research Institute (广工大数据装备研究院), is involved in military-civil fusion research, including 3D printing.

Noteworthy international collaborations

Virogin Biotech Ltd collaborated with Guangdong University of Technology in 2016, when the two entities established a Joint Research Lab on Virotherapy. The joint lab is located in the Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at GDUT.

GDUT and the University of Liverpool established the Liverpool-Guangdong University of Technology Joint Laboratory for Drug Discovery.

Texas A&M University and GDUT Professor Zhengdong Cheng was arrested in the US for conspiracy—making false statements and wire fraud in relation to China’s talent programs. Professor Cheng allegedly led a team conducting research for NASA and failed to disclose his affiliation with GDUT.

End-user lists

In April 2019, Guangdong University of Technology was added to the US Government Unverified List as ‘Guangdong University of Technology, No 100 Waihuan Xi Road, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Ctr, Guangzhou, China 510006’. The addition of GDUT to the Unverified List means that the university is ‘ineligible to receive items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by means of a license exception’.

Last updated 18 May 2021. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.