National University of Defense Technology, formerly the Military Academy of Engineering, People's Liberation Army, was founded in 1953 in Harbin of Heilongjiang Province.
The Academy was designated as one of the 20 key universities in China.
The Academy moved south to Changsha, Hunan province, and was renamed Changsha Institute of Technology.
Changsha Institute of Technology changed its name to National University of Defense Technology.
NUDT was among China's first batch to establish College of Graduate in 1985 after receiving approval with other 21 universities.
The University was included in the National Project 211 which is aimed at strenthening about 100 institutions of higher education and key disciplinary areas in the 21st century.
The University was included in the National Project 985 which is aimed to build world-class universities.
The University was rebuilt on the basis of National University of Defense Technology, University of International Relations, National Defense Information Institute, Xi'an Communication Institute, College of Electronic Engineering, and College of Meteorology and Oceanography, PLA University of Science and Technology, with the Sixty-Third Research Institute being incorporated.
NUDT was listed in the National Double First-class Initiative which is aimed to build world-class universities and world-class disciplines.
The University celebrates its 70th Anniversary.