University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is designated medium risk for its involvement in defence research and its connections with CAS laboratories.

The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, formerly known as the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was established in 1978 and is overseen by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The University was renamed in 2012 to its current name and began enrolling undergraduate students in 2014. Because UCAS is under the supervision of CAS, institutes under the two entities coordinate and share management, educational resources, faculty, training and scientific research opportunities.

A professor in the School of Computer Science and Technology who specialises in AI, data mining and parallel computing, led pre-research for a national defence project from 2019-2020. This school is under the CAS Institute of Computing Technology, which was founded with the intention to serve the development of cutting-edge technology for national defence.; It supplies the Ministry of National Defence with machinery and provides fluid mechanics calculations to assist in the development of defence engineering and weapons.

The School of Electronic, Electrical and Communication Engineering is involved in national defence research. This school hosts a CAS laboratory—the Wireless Communication and Multimedia Information Processing Laboratory—that has conducted research for national defence grants and has won national defence science and technology awards. The School of Electronic, Electrical and Communication Engineering is also involved with the CAS Aerospace Information Research Institute, which appears to conduct defence research based on its faculty.

The School of Optoelectronics is also affiliated with the CAS Aerospace Information Research Institute. One of its faculty members is concurrently an academic committee member of the National Defence Key Laboratory of Particle Transport and Enrichment (粒子输运与富集国防重点实验室).;

Defence and security links

UCAS is involved in promoting military-civil fusion, with its own Military-Civil Fusion Development Research Centre (中国科学院大学军民融合发展中心). In 2017, the Centre established a base located at the China Air-to-Air Missile Research Institute—an affiliate of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)—in Luoyang.; The base will facilitate cooperation between UCAS and AVIC in science and technology development and personnel training. The two entities have cooperated on personnel training beginning as early as 2014.

In 2019, the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Military-Civil Fusion Development Research Centre signed a cooperation agreement with the Shunde Civil-Military Integration Innovative Industrial Park (广东顺德军民融合产业园有限公司) and the Guangdong Huijun Technology Group Co., Ltd (广州汇军科技发展有限公司). Under the agreement, UCAS will provide strategic advice for a Guangzhou technology park and will work with the Shunde Park to establish cooperation agreements between universities and enterprises to promote military-civil fusion. The three entities plan to work together to establish a national-level technology trading platform for military-civil fusion.

Noteworthy international collaborations

UCAS co-founded the Sino-Danish Centre, which is a partnership between eight Danish universities, CAS and UCAS. The objective of the Centre is to increase the mobility of students and researchers between Denmark and China. The Centre is located at UCAS’ Yanqihu campus.

UCAS and UNESCO jointly established the UCAS-UNESCO International Centre for Theoretical Physics Asia-Pacific (ICTP-AP).

In 2016, UCAS established a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences (Kavli ITS) in Beijing, which is one of 20 Kavli institutes throughout the world.

Last updated 6 May 2021. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.