Spotlight | Duke Kunshan University


The Global Education Assistance Fund has distributed grants to more than 50 undergraduates to help cover the cost of their on-campus experience at Duke University in the U.S. or another institution through the DKU GO or DKU GO-Flex programs.

Data science major from China’s Hunan province is among 151 scholars chosen from 3,000 applicants worldwide to join the program’s seventh class. A committed champion for interdisciplinary collaboration, Wanying He has taken part in research and extracurricular activities at Duke Kunshan across natural and applied sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Making its debut in the iGEM Competition, the Duke Kunshan team proposed a biodegradable method for tackling blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, a growing environmental issue that can cause imbalances in underwater ecosystems and threaten human health.

The global health major has worked with students and professors to conduct research into topics including human brain-computer interfaces, the ethics relating to live kidney donation, and the impact of Covid-19 on diabetes patients. He plans to study medical anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Chuanhui Gu, associate professor of environmental science at Duke Kunshan, is studying the ability of rivers to absorb nitrogen pollution, which causes toxic algal blooms, with a view to harnessing their natural potential.