Liberal Education Meets Chinese Tradition

DKU students engage directly with faculty members in seminars and other small-group settings similar to this Duke University class with Professor William “Sandy” Darity, Jr.

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class university offering a range of academic programs and conferences for students from China and throughout the world. DKU is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China.

Duke Kunshan University will welcome its first students in August 2014 and will initially offer graduate degrees and semester-long programs for undergraduate students enrolled at Duke and other universities.

A state-of-the art campus is under construction on a 200-acre site in the Kunshan Science and Technology Education Park. Located in close proximity to both Shanghai and Suzhou, and connected to both by high-speed rail, the city of Kunshan is a center for business and high-tech research and manufacturing, and has one of the fastest growing economies in China. 

The Duke faculty and Board of Trustees have approved the awarding of Duke University degrees for the Master of Management Studies and Master of Science in Global Health programs at Duke Kunshan University. The Master of Science in Medical Physics will be awarded pending approval by the Duke Board of Trustees. Duke University course credits will be awarded to students in the DKU undergraduate Global Learning Semester.

Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master's and doctorate degrees. Duke Kunshan University is not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of Duke University does not extend to or include Duke Kunshan University or its students.  Duke Kunshan University is accredited by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. 

Further, although Duke University agrees to accept certain course work from Duke Kunshan University to be applied toward an award from Duke University, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Duke University. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work.