Southern University of Science and Technology


Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is designated medium risk for its involvement in defence research. 

Southern University of Science and Technology was founded by the Shenzhen government and is managed by the Guangdong Provincial Government. The university is focusing on developing research centres for artificial intelligence, life sciences, internet of things, robotics, new energy and intelligent manufacturing.

The university has several professors across fields who are involved in defence research. One professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering who specialises in machine learning, computer vision and cross-media computing, has recently led two national defence research projects. Another professor in the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship who researches in the field of optoelectronics, has obtained more than 10 national and military patents. A professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering whose research focuses on nanoscience was involved in a national defence research project on vitro brain chip technology from 2018-2020. The same professor is currently involved with a national defence project focused on brain-computer interface systems through 2021. A professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering has recently worked in a national defence lab focused on light alloys.

SUSTech’s Advanced Technology Research Institute (先进技术研究院) is a project partner of the Shenzhen Defence Science and Technology Industry Association. In 2020, a representative from SUSTech’s Advanced Technology Research Institute visited the Shenzhen Defence Science and Technology Industry Association, where they discussed deepening cooperation on projects. The director of the Advanced Technology Research Institute previously served as a senior engineer for the Air Force from 2001-2017 before joining SUSTech. He previously conducted research projects on aero engines, including UAV engine development.

The Advanced Technology Research Institute held a technology competition sponsored by the Central Military Commission in 2018. The competition winners—projects on robotic prosthetic legs and control systems for powered prosthetic legs—received RMB 2 million (almost AUD 400,000) in research funding from the Central Military Commission.

Defence and security links

In 2016, SUSTech established a Technology Transfer Centre that is responsible for promoting university-industry collaboration and for supporting the technology transfer of research outcomes. The Technology Transfer Centre also seeks to ‘work closely with well-known overseas research institutes: to integrate overseas research outcomes and SUSTech’s research outcomes to form complete technical solution[s].’ The Centre cooperates with the California Institute of Technology, MIT, the University of Waterloo, the University of Birmingham, ETH Zürich, the National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, the University of Tokyo, and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa.

Noteworthy international collaborations

In January 2020, SUSTech and the University of Queensland launched the SUSTech-UQ Joint Centre for Neuroscience and Neural Engineering. The two parties have closely collaborated in neuroscience since 2015 and the establishment of the Joint Centre was first approved in 2019.

In 2018, the first UTS-SUSTech Joint Research Centre was established between the University of Technology Sydney and SUSTech. The centre claims its research will focus on computational intelligence and its applications, including data analytics, intelligent optimization, online learning with concept drift, machine learning, fuzzy logic, neural networks, meta-heuristic algorithms, robotics, UAVs, and smart IoT systems. The joint centre will be located in Shenzhen and Sydney. 

In the UK, SUSTech and King’s College London signed an agreement for plans to establish a joint medical school located in Shenzhen in 2019 In 2017, the University of Birmingham and SUSTech signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore establishing a joint Artificial Intelligence research centre In 2014, SUSTech and the University of Copenhagen signed an agreement with BGI—a company with subsidiaries on the US Entity List—to co-found a new college that will ‘recruit scientists and students globally.’ ;

In 2016, SUSTech signed a cooperation agreement with the Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation and the University of Michigan. The three parties plan to conduct joint research and jointly establish the Advanced Manufacturing Global Collaboratory. The cooperation agreement was strongly supported by the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government.

Last updated 18 May 2021. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.