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Student and Faculty Stories

Education leaders and their institutions should collaborate -- even with rivals, Noah Pickus and Matthew Rascoff argue.

By Lei Qi and Keith Lawrence

Like many of his classmates at Duke Kunshan University, first-year student Alberto Najarro struggles learning the Chinese language. After spending an average of two hours each day on his studies, he can now write short essays in Chinese.

 It’s the first day of class at Duke Kunshan University and I ask the 20 students in my American studies seminar, “What does America mean to you?”

We are sitting at a dark wood, rectangular table in the Conference Center. The shades are drawn to keep out the...