Duke University signs a cooperation agreement with the government of Kunshan city to establish Duke Kunshan University and a groundbreaking ceremony is held at the site of the new campus. In attendance is Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.
Phase 1 construction of the campus begins.
Duke University and Wuhan University sign a statement on cooperation principles, establishing Duke Kunshan as a joint-venture between the two institutions.
China’s Ministry of Education grants preliminary approval for the creation of Duke Kunshan University.
Liu Jingnan, scientist and former president of Wuhan University, becomes the first chancellor of Duke Kunshan. Mary Brown Bullock, former president of Agnes Scott College and a scholar of U.S.-China relations, is appointed executive vice chancellor.
Duke officials, American diplomats and Chinese government officials join Duke alumni in China for a grand ceremony to celebrate the Ministry of Education granting approval to Duke Kunshan.
China’s Ministry of Education grants final approval to Duke Kunshan, allowing the university to begin student recruitment for its graduate programs.
Duke Kunshan’s Global Health Research Center is established.
The university’s Board of Trustees holds its first meeting at Wuhan University.
The joint-venture university is registered as a legal entity.
Duke Kunshan’s Advisory Board is established. It holds its first meeting the following May in Beijing.
The university’s master of management studies program (MMS) is launched, with classes initially held on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina.
Duke Kunshan welcomes its first students in the MMS, M.Sc. in global health and M.Sc. in medical physics programs, as well as students taking part in the undergraduate Global Learning Semester program.
The WHU-Duke Research Institute is established at Duke Kunshan.
Duke Kunshan hosts the 2015 Duke International Finance Forum, an event co-organized with Fuqua School of Business and Duke Law School.
The MMS program holds a graduation ceremony for its inaugural class.
Denis Simon is appointed executive vice chancellor following the retirement of Mary Brown Bullock.
Duke Kunshan’s Education Development Foundation holds its first board meeting.
The international master of environmental policy (iMEP) program is launched.
Duke Kunshan becomes the first Chinese university campus to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
The inaugural classes in the medical physics and global health programs graduate. The university launches its Environmental Research Center.
The university launches the Regional Ozone Sino-U.S. Collaborative Research Center with the government of Jiangsu province, which administers Kunshan, as well as the PRCEE-Duke Kunshan Joint Laboratory on Quantitative Environmental Policy Analysis in partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy.
Duke University’s Board of Trustees approves the establishment of a four-year undergraduate liberal arts degree program at Duke Kunshan.
Duke Kunshan’s establishes the Computational Imaging Research Lab.
China’s Ministry of Education approves Duke Kunshan’s application to offer eight undergraduate majors.
The university establishes its Data Science Research Center and the Institute of Applied Physical Sciences and Engineering.
The international master of environmental policy (iMEP) program welcomes its inaugural class.
The Humanities Research Center and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China are established.
The Ministry of Education approves Duke Kunshan’s application for seven new undergraduate majors, taking the total to 15.
The university establishes the China Innovation Research and Training Center.
Duke Kunshan welcomes its inaugural undergraduate class of 262 students. The university also launches a master of engineering in electrical and computer engineering.
Youmei Feng is sworn in as the new chancellor of Duke Kunshan, succeeding Liu Jingnan.
The Chongzhi Zu Center for Mathematics and Computational Sciences is established.
The inaugural class in the international master of environmental policy (iMEP) program graduates at ceremonies held in Kunshan and Durham, North Carolina.
A groundbreaking ceremony is held to launch phase two construction of the campus. In attendance are senior representatives from Duke University, Wuhan University, Suzhou and Kunshan. The Innovation Building also officially opens, marking the end of phase one construction.
The master of electrical and computer engineering program welcomes its inaugural class.
Blue Oasis, the university's multipurpose student center, opens at Dayu Bay, just south of campus.