Nanjing University


Nanjing University (NJU) is designated medium risk for its moderate number of defence laboratories and involvement in cyber security research.

NJU is subordinate to the MOE and has also been supervised by defence industry agency SASTIND since 2012. In 2016, the university was selected as a participant in the first batch of national dual-use demonstration bases, and a year later in 2017 was selected as a Class A world-class university. NJU is home to at least two defence laboratories and has committed to deepening its involvement in military-civilian fusion. As the first university in China to establish a State Secrecy Academy, in 2009, Nanjing University is involved in cyber security research.

In 2018, NJU established an Institute of Artificial Intelligence and reported its research progress to the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of Military-Civilian Fusion when they visited the university. Following the visit, the provincial committee expressed interest in deepening cooperation on MCF projects in order to promote Jiangsu’s MCF work. The Institute of AI also co-built a research center with Intel, the Intel-Nanjing University Artificial Intelligence Research Center, which is Intel’s first research center focusing on AI in China. The university’s rapidly developing AI Institute provides an opportunity for deepening its involvement in MCF R&D. In May 2018, NJU signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Megvii 旷视科技. Megvii has been blacklisted by the US government over human rights abuses.

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

No officially designated defence research areas were identified at NJU. However, it is likely that SASTIND has designated several defence disciplines at the university because it has two defence laboratories and has been supervised by SASTIND since 2012. NJU’s defence laboratories carry out research on materials science and electromagnetic waves.

Defence and security links

Nanjing University has a State Secrecy Academy (南京大学国家保密学院), which was reportedly the first of its kind in the country. It is jointly established by the National Administration for State Secrets Protection and operates under Nanjing University’s Information Management Department.

In 2015, Nanjing University became a member of the vice-chairman unit of the Third Generation Semiconductor Industry Alliance.

On December 5, Nanjing University and ECCOM Network System Co., Ltd. established the Nanjing University- Huaxun Secrecy and Security Joint Laboratory (南京大学-华讯保密安全联合实验室), which is under Nanjing University’s Institute of Information Management. ECCOM is an IT integrated service provider that is based in Nanjing and actively participates in MCF projects. ;

Noteworthy international collaborations

Nanjing University collaborates with 249 foreign universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. Nanjing University collaborates with 46 universities in the Untied States, 30 in South Korea, 29 in Japan, 22 in France and 18 in the United Kingdom. Nanjing’s collaborations with foreign universities can range from student or academic personnel exchanges, information sharing, and/or joint research initiatives.

In 2018, Nanjing University and Imperial College London established the NJU-ICL Machine Learning Joint Research Hub. It also established a joint research center on artificial intelligence with Intel in the same year.

NJU has an undergraduate exchange program with the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysics Center for a period of nine months. The university has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s National Institute of Materials Research, allowing masters and doctoral students from each institution to study at the other.

Last updated 17 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.