Nanjing University of Science and Technology


Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST) is designated very high risk for its high level of defence research and links to China’s defence industry.

NJUST is one of the ‘Seven Sons of National Defence’ administered by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Together with Beijing Institute of Technology, it was ranked as China’s top university for armaments science in 2017. Roughly 16% of the university’s graduates in 2018 who found employment were working in the defence sector.

NJUST is a member of the B8 Cooperation Innovation Alliance (B8协同创新联盟 or 中国兵器协同创新联盟), a group of eight Chinese research institutions specialising in weapons science—the ‘B’ in ‘B8’ stands for Chinese word for armaments, bingqi (兵器). Indicative of the university’s high level of involvement in defence research, in 2013 a disused laboratory on its campus exploded, killing one, after workers disturbed a cache of explosives.

NJUST has a collaborative relationship with a PLA signals intelligence research institute, involving cooperation on unmanned combat platforms and information security. ;

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

In 2016 and 2017, SASTIND approved 10 defence research disciplines at NJUST. ; Four of these areas were identified:

SASTIND’s predecessor COSTIND designated several defence areas at NJUST, of which the following were identified:

Noteworthy international collaborations

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