The PLA Strategy Support Force’s Space Engineering University (SEU) is designated very high risk as a military institution involved in space research.
SEU was established in June 2017 as an expansion of the former PLA Equipment Academy (装备学院). SEU describes itself as a ‘comprehensive university that trains talents for space command management and engineering.’http://www.81.cn/201311jxjjh/2017-10/27/content_7802324.htm It is intended to serve as the ‘cradle of the new PLA’s space talent training.’ The SEU is subordinate to and supports the PLA Strategic Support Force’s Space Systems Department (航天系统部), which has taken over the space and potentially counterspace capabilities that were previously the purview of the former General Armaments Department and, to a lesser degree, the former General Staff Department.
The SEU offers degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as programs for non-commissioned officers, across disciplines including space target surveillance, remote sensing science and technology, and aerospace information security.https://web.archive.org/web/20191008061623/http://www.mod.gov.cn/services/2017-06/15/content_4783023.htm Its faculty include nine CMC Science and Technology Commission experts and twenty professors who are designated as expert defence science and technology advisors.
Beyond its mission of talent cultivation, the SEU also engages in extensive research. In particular, the SEU has a total of eighteen laboratories, which include two national-level key laboratories and one military-level key laboratory.https://web.archive.org/web/20191008061623/http://www.mod.gov.cn/services/2017-06/15/content_4783023.htm ; http://archive.ph/zu5r2
Major defence laboratories
- Space Simulations Training Center (航天模拟训练中心)
- Aerospace Experimental Training Center (航天试验训练中心)
- Aerospace Monitoring and Control Station (航天测控站)
- National Key Laboratory of Laser Propulsion and Applications (激光推进及其应用国家重点实验室)https://web.archive.org/web/20191009013048/http://www.js7tv.cn/news/201812_166802.html
- National Laboratory of Electronic Information Equipment System (电子信息装备体系研究国防科技重点实验室)https://web.archive.org/web/20191009035229/https://souky.eol.cn/news/takeinfo/935/53218.html
Economic espionage and misconduct
PLA scholars from the former Equipment Academy or Equipment Command and Technology Academy, predecessors to SEU, have leveraged overseas study and research in ways that enable weapons development.
For instance, as reported in 2012, Yu Xiaohong (于小红), an anti-satellite weaponry scientist with the Equipment Command and Technology Academy, had reportedly been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan while claiming to be from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.https://archive.org/stream/SpySchoolsHowTheFBICIAAndForeignIntelligenceSecretlyExploitUniversitiesDanielGolden/Spy%20Schools%2C%20How%20the%20FBI%2C%20CIA%20and%20Foreign%20Intelligence%20Secretly%20Exploit%20Universities%20-%20Daniel%20Golden_djvu.txt ; http://www.china-threat.com/anti-satellite.html ; https://bangordailynews.com/2012/04/09/news/nation/american-universities-infected-by-foreign-spies-detected-by-fbi/
Noteworthy international collaborations
SEU intends to increase opportunities for faculty and post-doctoral students to study abroad and to establish mechanisms for exchange and collaboration with foreign military academies.https://web.archive.org/web/20191009004051/http://military.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0614/c1011-30057365.html Reportedly, over 50 SEU students won awards in domestic and international innovation competitions between 2017 and 2018.https://web.archive.org/web/20191009004051/http://military.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0614/c1011-30057365.html
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