Huazhong University of Science and Technology


Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) is designated very high risk for its high number of defence laboratories and close links to China’s defence industry.

HUST is one of China’s leading research institutions. While the university is subordinate to the Ministry of Education, it has also been supervised by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense since 2012. ;

The university hosts at least six laboratories dedicated to defence research. Its National Defence Research Institute reportedly oversees defence research in seven other HUST research centres. Artificial intelligence, shipbuilding, image processing, navigation technology, mechanical engineering, electronics, materials science and laser physics are focuses of HUST’s defence research.

HUST has worked closely with the PLA and China’s defence industry. This collaboration includes the development artificial intelligence and imaging technology for weapons. The university’s work on pulsed power is linked to China’s nuclear and directed-energy weapons program. ; ; ; China’s state-owned defence conglomerates and China’s nuclear warhead facility sponsor dozens of HUST postgraduate students each year, who are required to work at their sponsoring organisation for at least five years after graduating.

HUST holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it participate in research and production for classified weapons and defence projects.

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

HUST’s high number of defence laboratories means that it probably has several officially designated defence research areas. However, among these only ship design and manufacturing could be identified as one.

Defence and security links

In 2018, HUST and CASC’s Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology (AASPT) established a joint research centre on vibration damping and isolation. AASPT develops ballistic missiles, carrier rockets and satellites.

Noteworthy international collaborations

HUST collaborates with a number of foreign universities and labs, which are listed here.

Last updated 18 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.