Shenyang Aerospace University

沈阳航空航天大学

Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU) is designated high risk for its high level of defence research and close relationship to China’s military aviation industry.

SAU is the only university formally under the supervision of China’s military aircraft manufacturer, AVIC.http://archive.fo/tBwDS SAU engages in high levels of defence research and describes itself as a base for training talent in national defence science and technology.http://archive.fo/tBwDS Serving China’s military aviation industry is what SAU refers to as its ‘glorious tradition’.https://web.archive.org/web/20190813043404/https://news.sau.edu.cn/info/1002/4437.htm

Many of China’s military aircraft are designed and built in Shenyang, which is home to AVIC subsidiaries Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute and Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. SAU and AVIC work closely together, including through a joint research institute.http://archive.vn/2cFES ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190813044435/https://zs.sau.edu.cn/info/1166/1708.htm

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A Shenyang J-8II fighter jet build by AVIC and displayed on SAU’s campus. Source: qq.com

SAU’s primary defence laboratory, Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science for National Defence of Aeronautical Digital Manufacturing Process, works closely with AVIC and the PLA.https://adm.sau.edu.cn/info/1020/1083.htm ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190616085024/https://adm.sau.edu.cn/info/1013/1031.htm Reflecting the importance of defence research to SAU, the laboratory is directed by the university’s party secretary.https://web.archive.org/web/20190616083301/https://adm.sau.edu.cn/kytd/tdgs.htm

SASTIND has designed eight areas of research at the university as defence disciplines or specialisations, one of the highest numbers of designated defence disciplines among civilian universities.https://news.sau.edu.cn/info/1002/4437.htm In 2018, the university estimated that between 2016 and 2020 it would received RMB35 million (AUD7.3 million) in investment from SASTIND to develop these defence disciplines.https://news.sau.edu.cn/info/1002/4437.htm

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

SASTIND has designated eight defence research areas at SAU. These include five ‘disciplines with defence characteristics’:https://zs.sau.edu.cn/info/1166/1708.htm

The university also has to have one ‘specialisation in short supply with defence characteristics’ and two ‘key specialisations with defence characteristics’.https://web.archive.org/web/20190813044435/https://zs.sau.edu.cn/info/1166/1708.htm

Noteworthy international collaborations

SAU runs a joint doctoral program with Mississippi State University and the University of Missouri.https://hangtian.nwpu.edu.cn/info/1386/5363.htm In 2016, SAU began running joint undergraduate projects on machine design manufacturing and automation with the University of Picardy-Jules Verne in France for a period of three years.https://web.archive.org/web/20190402123325/http://www.crs.jsj.edu.cn/aproval/detail/2123 In 2019, SAU started administering a joint undergraduate program with the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale,http://archive.ph/KFOUm which is said to run until at least 2023.https://web.archive.org/web/20191114043659/http://www.crs.jsj.edu.cn/aproval/detail/2507 During the program, students will spend ‘first two years of university coursework in China, students will attend SIU Carbondale for their final two years. After completing the 4-year curriculum jointly designed by aviation faculty from both institutions, students will receive degrees from both SIU and SAU.’http://archive.ph/KFOUm The curriculum will focus on flight propulsion engineering and other aviation technology.https://web.archive.org/web/20191114043659/http://www.crs.jsj.edu.cn/aproval/detail/2507 ; http://archive.ph/KFOUm

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