Yanshan University


Yanshan University (YSU) is designated high risk for its high level of defence research and links to China’s defence industry.

The university was formed as an offshoot of Harbin Institute of Technology, one of China’s top defence universities, in 1960. The university continues to prioritise defence research and is jointly supervised by the Hebei Provincial Government together with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and defence industry agency SASTIND.http://archive.fo/AI2xv ; https://web.archive.org/web/20191004025748/https://ndst.ysu.edu.cn/xyjs/xyjj.htm ; http://archive.ph/2019.06.12-071534/https://www.ysu.edu.cn/xxgk/xxjj.htm

YSU’s Defense Science and Technology Institute was established in 2006 under the support of COSTIND (a defence industry agency that has been replaced by SASTIND) to expand and oversee defence research at the university.http://archive.fo/sOBL5 The institute has driven the university’s involvement in space-related defence research through the establishment of laboratories such as the Key Laboratory of Fundamental Science of Mechanical Structure and Materials Science Under Extreme Conditions. Four fields of research at YSU are officially designated as defence disciplines: control theory and control science, electrical circuits and systems, mechanical design and theory, and materials science and engineering.http://archive.fo/TGXtO

The university holds secret-level security credentials.https://web.archive.org/web/20191004030231/https://xxgk.ysu.edu.cn/_mediafile/dwzw/2014/09/18/2vrwp2ykf1.pdf

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

  • Control theory and control science (Defense Science and Technology Institute Military Measurement, Control and Automation Department)
  • Electrical circuits and systems (Defense Science and Technology Institute Military-use Electrical and Communications Engineering Department)
  • Mechanical design and theory (Defense Science and Technology Institute Military Mechanics Engineering Department)
  • Materials science and engineering (Defense Science and Technology Institute Military-use Materials Department)http://archive.fo/TGXtO
  • Mechatronic engineering (School of Mechanical Engineering)https://web.archive.org/web/20181216223056/https://mec.ysu.edu.cn/info/1003/5064.htm

Noteworthy international collaborations

YSU has exchange agreements with universities in the United States and Japan.http://archive.fo/fenQ5 It closely collaborates with universities in the UK and Germany.https://web.archive.org/web/20191115061122/https://zsjyc.ysu.edu.cn/info/1041/1232.htm YSU also has partnership programs in electrical engineering and industrial optimisation with Australia’s Curtin University, whereby YSU students undertake studies at Curtin and ‘graduate with degrees from both universities.’ https://web.archive.org/web/20190319104317/https://news.curtin.edu.au/stories/china-australia-partnership-putting-university-students-first/ ; https://web.archive.org/web/20191115061733/https://zsjyc.ysu.edu.cn/info/1018/2088.htm

Last updated 18 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.