Harbin University of Science and Technology (HRBUST) is designated medium risk for its growing involvement in defence research.
HRBUST focuses on engineering, science, economics, management, philosophy, literature, law and education. In 2015, it was placed under the joint supervision of the Heilongjiang Provincial Government and SASTIND, which is an arrangement designed to develop the university’s involvement in defence-related research and training.https://web.archive.org/web/20190807044624/http://www.hrbust.edu.cn/xxgk/xxjj.htm
HRBUST’s relationship with SASTIND indicates that it will continue expanding its role in defence research. Currently, the university has at least four designated national defense disciplines and plans to build a national defense key laboratory.https://web.archive.org/web/20190415234718/http://news.hrbust.edu.cn/info/1002/12530.htm It holds secret-level security credentials.https://web.archive.org/web/20190707192905/http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_ade0280c0102wdx5.html
Designated defence research areas
SASTIND has designated at least five ‘disciplines with defence characteristics’ at HRBUST, of which the following were identified:
- Military-use critical materialshttps://web.archive.org/web/20190808051913/https://yz.chsi.com.cn/sch/schoolInfo–schId-368079,categoryId-458352.dhtml
- Cybersecurityhttps://web.archive.org/web/20190808052035/http://zs.hrbust.edu.cn/info/1031/3737.htm ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190808052553/http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tTmCS7IYPDYJ:www.sese251.com/News/Att/20181227154621.pdf+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au
- Military industry manufacturing and automation
- Electric machines and electric deviceshttps://web.archive.org/web/20190808052553/http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tTmCS7IYPDYJ:www.sese251.com/News/Att/20181227154621.pdf+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au
Defence and security links
In 2018, the university held a meeting on promoting military-civil fusion in its research and education. HRBUST Science and Technology Office Director Wu Mingyang outlined the university’s steps towards implementing military-civil fusion, including its acquisition of a security credentials, plans to establish defence laboratories, and SASTIND’s designation of five defence disciplines at the university.https://web.archive.org/web/20190415234718/http://news.hrbust.edu.cn/info/1002/12530.htm
Noteworthy international collaborations
In July 2019, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and HRBUST signed a memorandum of understanding to establish partnerships in several areas, including computer science and physics.https://web.archive.org/web/20190807055009/https://www.uwrf.edu/News/UWRiverFallscollaborationwithChineseuniversityandRFSDcontinues.cfm
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