Lanzhou University


Lanzhou University (LZU) is designated medium risk for its growing involvement in defence research.

LZU’s involvement in defence research has slowly grown over the past decade. In 2018, it spent over RMB50 million (AUD10 million) on defence projects.

LZU is subordinate to the Ministry of Education. Since 2018, it has also been supervised by defence industry agency SASTIND in an arrangement designed to further expand the university’s defence research and the defence industry relationships.

LZU carries out national defence-related research in areas such as nuclear science, electromagnetism, probes, chemistry, mechanics, materials science, stealth technology and information technology.

In 2017 and 2018, LZU signed strategic agreements with state-owned defence companies Norinco Group, China’s largest arms manufacturer, and China National Nuclear Corporation. Several defence companies, as well as China’s nuclear weapons program, provide scholarships for dozens of LZU postgraduate students each year. In return, these students must work for their sponsoring organisation for five years after graduation. ; ;

In 2005, LZU received secret-level security credentials that allow it to participate in classified weapons projects.

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