Duke Kunshan University to launch undergraduate program in 2018


DURHAM, North Carolina, & KUNSHAN, CHINA – Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China will welcome the first students of its undergraduate program in August 2018.

The four-year bachelor’s degree program is based on the tradition of liberal arts and sciences, allowing students to explore a variety of subjects and build a broad knowledge base before choosing a major. Designed by professors from Duke University, a leading global university, and with input from Chinese higher education experts, Duke Kunshan’s program develops in-depth subject matter expertise while incorporating courses from several disciplines, ensuring that graduates are well prepared for employment or further study in their chosen field. Classes will be taught in English and will mainly be taught in small class sizes, based on discussion. Overall, Duke Kunshan will have a student-teacher ratio of 10: 1.

Undergraduates will participate in an academic community that fosters learning inside and outside the classroom. The Duke Kunshan campus opened in 2014 and includes classrooms and laboratories, student and faculty accommodation and dining rooms, arts and recreation areas, and educational technology. current.

Duke Kunshan students and faculty will come from all over the world, creating an international environment on campus. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to study abroad at Duke University in the United States.

Graduates of the program will receive a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, an institution consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, as well as a diploma from Duke Kunshan University approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

They will join Duke’s global network of more than 170,000 alumni, many of whom are widely recognized for their leadership in business, government, technology, athletics and philanthropy. Charlie Soong, the father of the well-known Soong sisters in China, was the first international student at Duke.

Duke Kunshan University was jointly founded by Duke University, Wuhan University of China and Kunshan City in 2013, and since 2014 has been offering Masters programs in Business, Global Health and Medical Physics, as well as a program semester of global learning for undergraduates. program in environmental policy will begin later this year.

“The Duke Kunshan University Undergraduate Program will open in 2018 with an innovative curriculum specifically designed to educate and challenge students in this unique global setting,” said Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University.

“I look forward to joining my fellow faculty members in the fall of 2018 to help teach the new class at Duke Kunshan,” added Brodhead, who will step down as Duke’s presidency in June. Brodhead is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an expert on 19th century American literature.

Duke Kunshan will initially offer eight undergraduate majors designed to prepare students to continue their education or work immediately in contexts where they will need to draw on knowledge from multiple fields to be successful. The first eight majors are:

  • materials science with a specialization in physics
  • political economy with a specialization in political science
  • environmental sciences with a specialization in chemistry
  • environmental sciences with a focus on public policies
  • global health with a focus on public policies
  • global health with a specialization in biology
  • global studies on China with a focus on history
  • applied mathematics with an emphasis on calculus

Additional majors are being developed, including majors in the humanities that integrate history, philosophy, literature and the arts, as well as majors in the social sciences integrating economics, sociology, anthropology and science. psychology.

“After the successful launch and operation of our masters programs since 2014, we are now fully prepared to offer the undergraduate program,” said Liu Jingnan, Chancellor of Duke Kunshan and Academician of the Chinese Academy of engineering. “We believe in helping students to become citizens of a deep-rooted globalism who put their knowledge and discoveries at the service of the good of society. ”

Curt Richardson, a Duke faculty member, leads a field trip to a nearby wetland Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan and expert in US-China science and technology relations, added, “As China expands on the international stage, we are delighted to offer a world-class experience. international learning unique to students around the world. Our program is designed to help students not only gain better access to international opportunities, but also define and create new jobs for the 21st century.”

Dou Xiankang, President of Wuhan University, said, “Wuhan University will work closely with partners to help educate students who think globally and act firmly, and help make Duke University Kunshan a world-class university with a top-notch undergraduate program.

Duke Kunshan University will offer merit and need-based scholarships to qualified Chinese and international students, reflecting the university’s commitment to recruiting a cohort of highly talented students from a diverse set of backgrounds and backgrounds. ‘experiences.

Applications for admission will be accepted from August 2017 on the university’s websites and common applications. Students with the citizenship of the PRC are required to take the Gaokao as a replacement for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Further information on the undergraduate program is available at undergrad.dukekunshan.edu.cn.


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