Jilin University


Jilin University (JLU) is designated very high risk for its high level of defence research and links to China’s nuclear weapons program.

JLU is directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education and came under the joint supervision of the ministry and defence industry agency SASTIND in 2016. In 2017, SASTIND designated eight fields of research at JLU as national defence disciplines, indicating the university carries out high levels of defence research.https://web.archive.org/web/20190618024303/http://gfy.jlu.edu.cn/yjygk/yjyjj.htm  In 2012, JLU spent roughly RMB60 million (AUD12.5 million) on defence research, a number that is likely to have grown substantially.https://web.archive.org/web/20190619024700/https://www.jlu.edu.cn/info/1111/32962.htm

JLU’s National Defense Science and Technology Research Institute, also known as the Advanced Technology Research Institute, was established in April 2006 and is responsible for the organization and management of the university’s national defence science and technology projects. The research institute has received several certifications to conduct research for military applications. It conducts research in collaboration with the former PLA General Armaments Department, SASTIND, and state-owned defence conglomerates in the fields of aviation, aerospace, electronics, nuclear technology, and shipbuilding.https://web.archive.org/web/20190926023449/http://gfy.jlu.edu.cn/info/1047/1028.htm

JLU’s State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials (超硬材料国家重点实验室) works closely with China’s nuclear weapons complex, the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP).https://web.archive.org/web/20190926231156/http://nlshm-lab.jlu.edu.cn/info/1061/1731.htm Job advertisements for a CAEP subsidiary, the Center for High Pressure Science & Technology Advanced Research (北京高压科学研究中心) state that it has a branch within Jilin University. This suggests that CAEP may even be involved in managing the State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials.https://web.archive.org/web/20190926231101/http://company.zhaopin.com/CC319113784.htm ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190926231053/http://muchong.com/t-12658199-1-pid-20 ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190926230827/http://job.ustb.edu.cn/front/zpxx.jspa?tid=697

The university hosts at least two defence research labs, located in the university’s College of Computer Science and Technology and in the College of Chemistry.https://web.archive.org/web/20190619024700/https://www.jlu.edu.cn/info/1111/32962.htm Its Key Laboratory of Attack and Defense Simulation Technology for Naval Warfare, Ministry of Education (海战场攻防对抗仿真技术教育部重点实验室(B类))https://web.archive.org/web/20190610031813/http://ccst.jlu.edu.cn/syzx/zdsysjyjzx.htm is involved in cybersecurity research for the Navy.https://web.archive.org/web/20190926023556/http://ccst.jlu.edu.cn/info/1026/2139.htm The lab’s academic committee is headed by a computer scientist from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, a leading state-owned missile manufacturer.https://web.archive.org/web/20190926023931/http://www.xiyou.edu.cn/info/2400/67879.htm ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190926024158/http://gfy.jlu.edu.cn/info/1047/1027.htm

JLU holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it to participate in research and production for classified weapons and defence technology projects.https://web.archive.org/save/https://news.jlu.edu.cn/info/1126/26222.htm

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

Defence and security links

The Institute of Advanced Technology was established in April 2006 and is responsible for national defense science and technology projects. The Institute also implements military-civil fusion, under which strategy it is leading a team of professors who are dedicated to national defense research. The Institute’s goal is to ‘actively serve the integration of military and civilian development and contribute to the realization of the Chinese Dream, Strong Military Dream.’https://web.archive.org/web/20190611032221/http://gfy.jlu.edu.cn/yjygk/yjyjj.htm

Noteworthy international collaborations

Jilin University is a participating university in the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities.https://web.archive.org/web/20190619025136/http://www.asrtu.cn/en

In 2015, Jilin University and Rutgers University signed a cooperation agreement on the United Nations and Global Policy Research Graduate “4 Plus 1” Project.https://web.archive.org/web/20190619025009/http://yjsy.jlu.edu.cn/info/1188/7603.htm

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