University of Shanghai for Science and Technology


The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) is designated medium risk for its growing involvement in defence research.

USST describes itself as a ‘university with defence characteristics’. It has been under the joint supervision of Shanghai and defence industry agency SASTIND since 2016.

It is engaged in growing levels of defence research and holds second-class weapons research and development secrecy credentials, allowing it to undertake classified projects. In 2017, its spending on defence research reached RMB13 million (AUD2.6 million).

SASTIND has designated areas with the fields of optics, energy and control science as defence disciplines at USST, indicating that the university’s defence research focuses on these areas.

In 2017, The university established a joint venture on terahertz radiation technology with subsidiaries of defence conglomerate Norinco Group.

Major defence laboratories

USST is not known to have any labs dedicated to defence research. However, its joint venture with defence conglomerate Norinco Group, Tera Aurora Electro-Optics Technology, develops defence technology. The company’s products appear to be based on research by USST’s Terahertz Spectrum and Image Technology Collaborative Innovation Center (太赫兹波谱与影像技术省部共建协同创新中心).

Designated defence research areas

Defence and security links

In 2018, USST became a founding member of 上海市军民融合发展研究会 (Shanghai Military-Civil Fusion Research Institute). ; ;

Noteworthy international collaborations

USST works with more than 120 universities in over 20 countries such as the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia. In September 2018, USST and Moscow State University established the International Joint Laboratory for Terrahertz Technology Innovation (太赫兹技术创新国际联合实验室). ;  USST runs Shanghai-Hamburg College (上海-汉堡国际工程学院), which carries out research and training on engineering. The college primarily partners with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. ;

Last updated 25 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.