Hefei University of Technology (HFUT) is designated medium risk for its growing involvement in defence research.
HFUT a leading Chinese university subordinate to the Ministry of Education. It specialises in engineering and engages in growing levels of defence research, particularly in the fields of advanced materials, smart manufacturing and electronic information. As of 2018, HFUT was the only civilian university in Anhui Province fully certified to carry out military projects, holding secret-level security credentials, and had undertaken over 200 such projects.https://web.archive.org/web/20191110080756/http://gfzby.hfut.edu.cn/2018/0803/c2094a168243/page.htm ; http://archive.fo/EN0X5
In 2018, the university came under a ‘joint-construction’ agreement between the Ministry of Education and defence industry agency SASTIND.http://gfzby.hfut.edu.cn/2018/0803/c2094a168243/page.htm According to HFUT, this agreement ‘will powerfully advance the university’s development of national defence disciplines, training of talent for defence industry, and construction of defence industry and national defence research platforms.’http://gfzby.hfut.edu.cn/2018/0803/c2094a168243/page.htm
Miao Wei, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which oversees China’s defence industry, is a graduate of HFUT.https://web.archive.org/web/20180211025048/http://cpc.people.com.cn/gbzl/html/121000867.html
Defence and security links
In 2011, HFUT, the Anhui Provincial National Defence Industry Office, and Anhui Military Industry Group （安徽军工集团控股有限公司）established the Anhui Military-Civil Integration Development Research Institute.http://gfzby.hfut.edu.cn/2018/0803/c2094a168243/page.htm ; http://archive.fo/Ns6vn
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