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Northwestern Polytechnical University: Pursuing science and technology innovations for 80 years

Located in China’s ancient capital of Xi’an, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is a science and engineering powerhouse in western China. This national key university is the only one in China featuring research and education programmes in aeronautics, astronautics, and marine technology engineering. It also boasts strengths in materials, mechanical engineering and mechanics, as well as computer, communication and control sciences. For the last 80 years, it has developed into a multidisciplinary, research-oriented university, and now is embracing interdisciplinarity and emerging fields to develop disruptive innovations. Its technical strengths will see NPU make waves in the near future.

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Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is located in Xi’an, China’s renowned ancient capital and the gateway to the historic Silk Road. Today, as the ancient city is reinventing itself through science and technology, the university is entering a new phase of growth by taking the opportunity to develop original and cutting-edge innovations.

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China’s drone industry is growing fast, and predicted to soon become the world leader in this technology. Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), the home of China’s first unmanned aerial vehicle, is behind the drone industry’s rapid rise.

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The naval architecture and marine engineering programme at NPU is developing network-based, intelligent, digitalized, and autonomous precision marine equipment to help China become a maritime power.

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Contributing to China’s strategic needs through cutting-edge research, the materials science and engineering programme at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) has developed significant strengths in ultra-high temperature composites, metal additive manufacturing, precision plastic forming, and space materials science.

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From China’s first airborne computer, the first microprogrammed, small, general-purpose computer, and the first aviation specific VLSI chip, to the first engineering database management system, the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) boasts many of China’s information science and technology breakthroughs for aerospace.

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By studying failure mechanisms and loading under extreme conditions, NPU researchers have developed internal variable models that accurately describe the deformation and service life responses of ultra-high temperature composites and super alloys among other advanced materials.

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Today’s rapid scientific development is blurring the lines between disciplines. The pressing need to meet society’s grand challenges calls for increased cross-disciplinary collaborations. Bridging and combining these disciplines is vital for academic and technological innovation.

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NPU is committed to providing an open and inclusive academic environment, with the most supportive mechanisms and services for talented researchers to achieve their potential.

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