Duke Activities in China
China now boasts one of the largest and fastest growing economies, plays an important role in global relations and economics, and is expanding and reshaping its higher education system. Duke’s newest engagement in China, Duke Kunshan University, is a partnership with the Municipality of Kunshan and Wuhan University to create a world-class university that will serve students from China, Asia and around the world, and will provide a new home for Duke in one of the most rapidly growing parts of the country.
DukeEngage provides funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive (minimum of eight weeks) service experience by meeting a community need locally, domestically or internationally. More than 1,000 Duke students have participated in Duke Engage since the program launched in 2007 with funding from The Duke Endowment and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. DukeEngage Programs in China include:
- DukeEngage in China: Beijing
Students work in a school for migrant children who have moved from rural areas throughout China to Beijing. Because migrant families lack the residential permit that grants access to the state education system, more and more migrant youth now attend “unofficial” schools that have sprung up in the last 10 years through the efforts of Chinese and international education and social activists. This program works with one of the more successful of these schools, the Dandelion Middle School (Pugongying Zhongxue), located in Daxing District, Beijing.
- DukeEngage in China: Zhuhai
The DukeEngage Zhuhai program continues the development of an arts-related educational program in the Zhuhai No. 9 Middle School. The Zhuhai program does not seek to change China’s educational system, but rather to open the minds of young Chinese students using Duke students’ own unique experiences and education. Through a series of experimental and integrative classes, DukeEngage participants teach English using various art forms—all of which integrate leadership, self-confidence and self-expression.
Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP): International Field Studies Program
Duke TIP hosted five two-week courses abroad for gifted high school students during summer 2010. One of the five, Political Science and International Relations, included instruction in Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing.
Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI): Duke-Peking University Global Health Diploma
Duke Global Health Institute has partnered with Peking University Health Sciences Center (PKUHSC) to deliver a two-week summer program in global health for Chinese students. The program is taught in Beijing and supported by the Ministry of Education of China. It includes four courses co-taught by Duke and PKUHSC faculty.
The Fuqua School of Business
With a world-class campus under construction in Kunshan, office space in downtown Shanghai, and an alumni presence throughout the country, The Fuqua School of Business is deeply committed to China and an active and engaged member of this fast-growing and dynamic region. Fuqua works closely with a variety of institutions in China – from state-owned enterprises to government ministries, private enterprises, and multinational corporations – seeking engaging speakers and insightful mentors for our students. This approach is allowing Fuqua to understand China from a local perspective, while also providing a context for how China fits into the larger global business landscape.
Fuqua’s Global Executive and Cross Continent MBA programs each host residential learning sessions in Kunshan/Shanghai. These residencies include a mix of classroom instruction with Duke faculty members and local engagement activities that connect students to important organizations and develop frameworks to understand Chinese culture and civilization.
Global East Asia Studies Center
The Global East Asia Studies Center is a Title VI National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which sponsors conferences, research, and teaching initiatives. Current offerings include programs and workshops on environmentalism, gender and rural development in transitional economies, globalization and transnationalism, mass culture and technology, population and demographic studies, security studies, and social movements.
Global Education for Undergraduates: Duke in China
Duke Study in China (DSIC) was inaugurated in 1982. It is one of the longest-running credit-granting programs in China administered by an American university. The program offers an intensive summer language program based at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and a fall semester program based at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming.
Global Education for Undergraduates: Global Semester Abroad
Beginning in spring 2011, Duke faculty from the Sanford School of Public Policy Studies, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and the Duke Global Health Institute offered students an in-depth exploration of development, environment, and global health issues in rural and urban settings in Udaipur, India and at the Beijing University Health Sciences Center in Beijing, China. Students combined classroom learning with hands-on, community-based research and exploration.
Sanford School of Public Policy: Duke Center for International Development (DCID)
The Duke Center for International Development designs and delivers customized educational and training programs for organizations and government agencies from developing and transition countries. Drawing from the world-renowned faculty at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Center for International Development, these programs can range in duration from three days to a full academic semester. Depending on client needs, programs focus on a particular public policy topic or can encompass a broad range of policy areas and management skills. Past programs have included an 18-week executive development course for senior officers of the Government of China and a three-week foreign direct investment workshop for the Tianjin Economic Development Area.