Shandong University


Shandong University (SDU) is designated very high risk for its high number of defence laboratories and links to China’s nuclear weapons program.

SDU is subordinate to the Ministry of Education. Since 2016, it has also been supervised by defence industry agency SASTIND as part of a program to expand universities’ involvement in defence research and training.

SDU has pursued greater involvement in defence research since at least 2006, when it established a national defence research institute to coordinate relevant work across the university. Shortly afterwards, it received secret-level security credentials allowing it to participate and research and production for classified weapons and defence technology projects. ; In 2008, it was recognised as one of Shandong Province’s 10 outstanding defence industry units.

SDU collaborates with the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, China’s nuclear warheads development facility, on topics including the development of crystals that are used in the study of nuclear explosions and research on fusion ignition. ;  ;

Major defence laboratories

While not an official defence laboratory, SDU’s State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials (晶体材料国家重点实验室) is involved in high levels of defence research.

Designated defence research areas

As of 2017, SASTIND had designated five defence research areas at Shandong University:

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