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Central South University: Breaking through research barriers

Central South University (CSU) was formally established in 2000 through a merger of three distinguished universities in China with strong links to industry, --- Central South University of Technology (CSUT), Hunan Medical University (HMU), and Changsha Railway University (CRU). Built on the strengths of the three merged universities, CSU has developed into a national key university, with a strong academic reputation in nonferrous metals, rail transit, and medicine. From technologies for efficient aluminium use and tungsten recovery, to the world’s only system for testing train crashes using full-size trains, as well as effective treatment tailored to patients’ genetic makeup, research at CSU has offered solutions to key technical/industrial challenges, serving societal and economic development needs. Here, we will see how CSU research innovations are driving relevant industries.

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    Central South University (CSU) has developed a strong academic reputation in nonferrous metals, rail transit and medicine. It has the world’s most comprehensive academic range in the study of nonferrous metallurgy, covering all the relevant subjects from geology and mining, to materials and control sciences. Its metallurgical engineering and mining engineering programmes are rated second in their relevant categories of the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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    In line with a national goal to move from ‘made in China’ to ‘created in China’, Central South University (CSU) is committed to transforming the metal industry at every level. Mineral resources are the bedrock of manufacturing. On the strength of 100 years of mineral studies performed by Hunan Industrial College, CSU has built the world’s most comprehensive academic cluster around nonferrous metals, ranging from geology and mining, to metallurgy, materials science and machinery engineering.

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    China’s 32,000km high-speed rail network is the world’s largest. Its streamlined trains already operate at an astonishing speed of 350 km/h. Now there are plans to expand the network by adding new lines, with even faster trains.

    Behind this rapid expansion of speed and scope lies a huge effort by many scientists and technologists, and Central South University (CSU) researchers play a key role.

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    Personalised healthcare is the goal of many biomedical studies seeking treatments and cures based on individuals’ genetic makeup, lifestyle and the environment they live in. At Central South University (CSU), biomedical researchers are working on pharmacogenomics and building DNA resource banks, laying the groundwork for better precision medicine.

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    Basic science underpins all engineering advances. At Central South University (CSU), strong physical science programmes drive its many breakthroughs in nonferrous metals and railroad transportation research. They integrate research, application, teaching and talent cultivation, with established strengths in new energy materials, surface and interface physics, probability theories, and advanced computing technologies.