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Duke Kunshan University
DKU Logo whitebackdrop.jpg
ChancellorYoumei Feng
DeanMarcia France
Executive Vice ChancellorAlfred Bloom
StudentsAbout 1,000 undergraduate (Fall 2020)
CampusSuburban/Urban, 200 acres (0.81 km2)
AffiliationsAALAU, Duke University, Wuhan University
Duke Kunshan University
Simplified Chinese昆山杜克大学
Traditional Chinese崑山杜克大學

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a Chinese-American partnership of Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, United States) and Wuhan University (Wuhan, Hubei, China) to create a liberal arts and research university offering academic programs for students from China and throughout the world.[2] DKU received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2013 and its curricula are also approved by the Jiangsu Provincial Education Bureau.

Students have the opportunity to study at both the DKU campus in Kunshan, China and at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to spend a summer and a semester on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. Students are awarded degrees from both Duke University and Duke Kunshan University upon graduation and become members of both institutions’ alumni organizations. In 2018, Duke Kunshan University welcomed their first inaugural undergraduate class.[3]

Both Duke University and Wuhan University have been recognized in the top ten in respective national rankings.[4][5] The universities collaborate on academic programs and administration for Duke Kunshan University, while the city of Kunshan agreed to lease land for the DKU campus with no cost for 10 years and funded the construction of the US$200 million campus buildings.

History and timeline

  • Exterior of the Innovation Building
    Exterior of the Innovation Building
    Jan. 2010 – A Cooperation Agreement signed between Duke University and the People's Government of Kunshan[6]
  • Sep. 2010 – Construction of Phase 1 campus started
  • Jan. 2011 – Cooperation Principles Statement signed between Duke University and Wuhan University
  • Jun. 2011 – Application for Preparation Approval of Duke Kunshan University submitted to Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Education
  • Aug. 2012 – Preparation Approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education
  • Sep. 2012 – Appointments of Duke Kunshan Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Dec. 2012 – Celebration Ceremony of Preparation Approval in Kunshan
  • Apr. 2013 – Application for formal establishment of Duke Kunshan University submitted to Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Education
  • Sep. 2013 – Duke Kunshan Establishment Approval granted by the Chinese Ministry of Education
  • Nov. 2013 – First meeting of Duke Kunshan Board of Trustees held at Wuhan University
  • Dec. 2013 – Duke Kunshan legal entity registration completed
  • Jan. 2014 – Duke Kunshan Advisory Board established
  • Apr. 2014 – Second Meeting of Duke Kunshan Board of Trustees held in Kunshan
  • May 2014 – First meeting of Duke Kunshan Advisory Board held in Beijing
  • Jul. 2014 – Duke Kunshan MMS program began in Durham
  • Aug. 2014 – Inaugural Convocation and Orientation Week held at Duke Kunshan University
  • Aug. 2018 – Inaugural Undergraduate Program begins[7]
  • Aug 2019 – Innovation Building opened, construction of Phase 2 campus started
  • Aug 2020 – First group of DKU undergraduates begin study abroad at Duke's main campus.[8]
  • Sep 2020 – DKU switches to hybrid classes, as international students unable to return to campus.
  • Dec 2020 – DKU announces a summer session (subsequently cancelled) for all undergraduate students.
  • May 2021 – First group of DKU undergraduates complete a 3 semester-long online study abroad experience with most continuing into their fourth semester.

Administration and organization

Duke Kunshan University is governed by an independent Board of Trustees, with members from Duke University and Wuhan University.[9] The board is chaired by Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth, who has overseen major academic appointments and the launch of the WHU-Duke Research Institute.[10] Liu Jingnan, the university's first chancellor and a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, stepped down in August 2018.[11]

Youmei Feng, the current Chancellor, is the former executive vice president of Wuhan University and is one of a few female university chancellors in China.[11] Al Bloom, Executive Vice Chancellor, is a global education leader who once served as the founding vice chancellor of NYU-Abu Dhabi and the president of Swarthmore College.[12] Scott MacEachern, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is also a Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. Marcia France was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies in June 2018. France was previously associate provost at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, USA. James Miller was appointed the first associate dean of interdisciplinary strategy in 2020.[13]


Undergraduate admissions

Duke Kunshan University admitted its first undergraduate students as part of the Class of 2022. Significantly exceeding its original target of 1,500 applicants, the university received a total of 3,143 applications for an estimated 225 first-year spots, including 2,551 applications from China and 332 from the United States. There were 80 countries represented in the applicant pool, including Kazakhstan, South Korea, Pakistan, and Ethiopia.[14]

In March 2018, DKU admitted 251 students, or 7.98% of its inaugural applicant pool, a selectivity similar to the 8.3% acceptance rate at Duke University.[15]

All undergraduate applications for Duke Kunshan are submitted using the Common Application. Students applying to Duke University can also check a box on the Duke application to apply for admission to Duke Kunshan University.[16] International students, including those from the United States, typically submit transcripts, SAT or ACT standardized test scores, and application essays.[14] However, a test-optional policy is in effect for applications submitted in 2020 and 2021.[17]

Chinese students applying to DKU are required to take the Gaokao, the national college entrance exam of the People's Republic of China. The Gaokao enables students to list Duke Kunshan University as one of their college choices.

Duke Kunshan University has planned to expand each undergraduate class to 500 students, for a total of 2,000 undergraduates upon completion of Phase 2, and will host 500–800 graduate students in Duke degree programs.[14][18]

Academic programs

Duke Kunshan University has signed legally binding agreements with Education Ministry of China that guarantee academic freedom on campus.[19]

Interior of the Academic Building
Interior of the Academic Building

The university enrolled only graduate students from 2014 to 2018. DKU offers Master's programs in Medical Physics, Global Health, Environmental Policy, Management Studies and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

In 2018, DKU began enrolling undergraduate students for the Class of 2022, with an initial class size of roughly 225 students, although there is a planned expansion of the class size to 500 students. Undergraduate students declare their major in sophomore year.[20] There are 15 majors approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education so far, which span the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.[20] Many of the majors have multiple tracks or concentrations that students choose between.

Each major consists of an "interdisciplinary set of courses that integrates different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provides expertise in specific areas".[20] Additionally, international students, including those from the United States, are required to take Chinese language for the first two years and can continue with more advanced courses afterwards.[3]

In 2017, Duke Kunshan University selected PeopleSoft's Campus Solutions to manage its student records and transactions and Oracle Student Cloud to support student recruitment, enrollment and engagement.[21]


Panorama of the central business district of Kunshan, Jiangsu, China
Panorama of the central business district of Kunshan, Jiangsu, China

Duke Kunshan is located in a 200-acre campus in Kunshan, a city in southeastern Jiangsu province. The campus will become the center of the Duke Creative Park, part of the city's “Five Zones, One Line” plan for urban renewal. The area will host the Sino-US (Kunshan) Technology Innovation Center and serve as a mixed-used project integrating R&D centers, business services, and ecological parks.[22]

Adjacent to campus is the Dayu Bay Commercial Street, which features a Starbucks, a dozen restaurants, convenience store, social hall, clothing and sporting good shops, and a Duke-themed sports bar.[23] The Blue Oasis, Duke Kunshan's student center, opened at Dayu Bay in October 2019.[24]

Kunshan's location between Shanghai and Suzhou allows easy access to these major metropolitan centers by highways and high-speed railway.[25]

The campus blends traditional Chinese elements with advanced educational technology in a spacious, modern setting. Extensive aquatic elements, including an aquatic quadrangle at the center of campus, symbolize the region's famous water towns and are integrated throughout the campus, while information technology and Telepresence systems provide connections to colleagues and classmates around the world. The site has a high water table, so designers elected to preserve 40 acres as community gardens.[26]

Panorama of Phase I of the "Water Feature", which separates the Academic Building (L), Conference Center (R) and Innovation Center (Background).
Panorama of Phase I of the "Water Feature", which separates the Academic Building (L), Conference Center (R) and Innovation Center (Background).

The campus is being constructed in phases, with Phase I designed by American design and architecture firm Gensler.[27] Phase 1 facilities include an academic building with a variety of classroom configurations, a 200-bed dormitory building, a conference center and hotel, a faculty residence, and an administration building. An innovation center equipped with a library, classrooms and team rooms was opened in 2019.

Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in 2021,[28] designed by Perkins and Will,[29] and will feature an expansion of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty housing, a community center, recreation center, the WD Research Institute, and a library.[30] The 71.3 acre Duke Kunshan Gardens are also currently under construction, and are scheduled for completion in 2021.[31]

Later plans call for Phase III and IV construction to take place in the coming decade.[28] The Duke Kunshan University project is expected to last at least 50–100 years.

As part of the partnership between Duke University, Wuhan University, and the city of Kunshan, the municipal government has leased the Duke Kunshan University campus to the university at no cost for the first ten years as well as paying for construction of the buildings.[32]

Campus life

View of student and faculty housing
View of student and faculty housing

Clubs and organizations

  • Kunshan Student Ambassador Council (KSAC)[33]
  • ACG Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Board Game Club
  • Captures Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Club
  • Chinese Dance Club
  • Chinese Traditional Study Club
  • Choir Club
  • CommuniTEA
  • Cook n' Eat
  • Crazy Chinese
  • Debate Club
  • Drama Queens
  • Drone Club
  • Duke Chronicle[34]
  • Duke East Asia Nexus (DEAN)
  • Fencing Club
  • Fine Art Club
  • Football Club
  • FORM Magazine[35]
  • Further East Recordz
  • Gaming Club
  • GSRM (Gender, Sexuality and Romantic Minorities)
  • Hand X Hand
  • Hugather
  • Innovation and Entrepreneur Club
  • Kendo Club
  • KEY Club
  • Korean Association of Students
  • Mathematical Modeling Club
  • Meditation Collective
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Model United Nations
  • Music Club
  • Musical Club
  • Outing Club
  • Philosophy Organization
  • Poetry Club
  • Pre-med Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Public Speaking
  • Running Club
  • Showtime DKU Basketball Club
  • Skateboarding
  • Society of Black Global Scholars
  • Squash
  • Street Dance Club
  • Student Health Exchange Club
  • Student Research Club
  • Sustainable DKU
  • Table Tennis Club
  • Taekwondo Club
  • Technical Artisans
  • Tennis Club
  • The Jade Dragon
  • The Jester (a satirical journalism)
  • Travelling Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Vogue Community
  • Volleyball Club

Research centers

View of the Academic Building
View of the Academic Building
  • Global Health Research Center (1st research center at Duke Kunshan)[36]
  • Regional Ozone Sino-US Collaborative Research Center
  • WHU-DUKE Research Institute at Duke Kunshan
  • Center for the Study of Contemporary China
  • Humanities Research Center
  • Environmental Research Center[37][38]

The Global Health Research Center (GHRC) was established in collaboration with the Duke Global Health Institute to address health issues in the world in 2013.

Research projects address five focused areas: Health Policy and Systems, Environmental Health, Non-communicable Diseases, One Health, and Healthy Aging and Longevity. Over the past 7 years, GHRC faculty and staff have published nearly 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, JAMA, Circulation, PLOS Medicine, and BMC Medicine. With contributions from the GHRC, DKU has been listed as 1% in clinical medicine (global health) subject for four consecutive years since 2018 according to the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranking. GHRC faculty and staff have led numerous research projects funded by international and national agencies, including the World Health Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medical Research Council in the UK, National Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and other international and national agencies. Since 2013, the center has received over 28 million RMB external research funding.

Since 2015, DKU has been selected by the WHO Asia Pacific Observatory (APO) on Health Systems and Policies as a Research Hub. Six projects were carried out in collaboration with several domestic and international research institutions. In the same year, DKU was elected as the second chair institution by the Chinese Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CCUGH). The GHRC has served as an excellent platform to support a variety of novel educational and research activities both within and outside of DKU. We have provided abundant opportunities for students in different disciplines to study, research, and practice in the field of global health. We have organized over ten large events: Kunshan Forum titled “Non-Communicable Diseases and China's Health System Reforms” in 2015, 2nd Annual Conference of the CCUGH in 2016, Conference on Digital health technology innovation: Partnership between Academic and Industry in 2017 and the fifth anniversary symposium titled “Achieving Universal Healthcare in China and Globally – Through Innovation and Partnership” in 2018.


  • International Meteorite Conference, Meteorite China – Duke Kunshan University hosted China's first-ever international meteorite conference on 15 September 2017. Over 80 scientists from China, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Russia met at the three-day event. Enthusiasts and meteorite collectors also participated in the conference.[39]


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