The Harbin Institute of Technology (abbreviation: HIT, known colloquially in Chinese as Hā GōngDà) is a research university and a member of the C9 League in China consisting of three campuses, which nearly span the country from north to south: the Harbin campus in Heilongjiang Province, the Weihai campus in Shandong Province and the Shenzhen graduate school in Guangdong Province.
HIT undertakes research and numerous projects covered by official secrets (e.g. in space science and defense-related technologies) which may have a bearing on its international ranking, although it is widely recognized as one of the top universities in the country, especially when it comes to local science and engineering league tables. HIT is one of only ten universities in the world that have designed, built, and launched their own satellites (in 2004, 2008 and 2013). It made the largest contribution to the success of the Shenzhou series spacecraft and Kuaizhou series spacecraft. One minor planet (#55838) is named after the Harbin Institute of Technology and nicknamed “Hagongda Star” by the International Astronomical Union for HIT’s achievements in science and engineering.