Southwest University of Science and Technology


Southwest University of Science and Technology (SWUST) is designated high risk for its links to China’s nuclear weapons program and high level of defence research.

SWUST is deeply engaged in defence research and is based in Mianyang, a city also home to China’s nuclear weapons program and many other parts of the defence industry. Since 2006, the university has been subject to several joint construction agreements between the Sichuan Provincial Government and SASTIND that are designed to increase its involvement in defence research. ; ;

SWUST carries out defence-related research on nuclear waste, radiation protection and electronic information engineering. It holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it to undertake classified defence technology and weapons projects. The university’s main defence laboratory carries out research on topics such as the use of microorganisms to clean nuclear waste.

SWUST has worked closely with the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics (China’s nuclear warheads program), China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center (a PLA base specialising in aircraft design), and defence conglomerates since its establishment. The fact that the university hosts the province’s ‘Civil-military Integration Institute’ is a testament to its integration with the military and defence industry.

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

SWUST has at least six defence research areas designated by SASTIND:

Defence and security links

In 2017, SWUST partnered with a PLA Ground Forces division in Sichuan to establish a military studies discipline at the university.

Noteworthy international collaborations

SWUST has joint degree programs with universities in over 20 countries, including the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, and Germany.

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