Duke Kunshan University is a non-profit Sino-US cooperative education institution founded by Duke University in the United States and Wuhan University in China in Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, China. It aims to create a world-class comprehensive research university. And students from all over the world provide diversified academic programs. Duke Kunshan University was formally established with the approval of the Ministry of Education of China in September 2013, and welcomed the first batch of graduate students and undergraduate students in the “Second Campus International Study Semester” in the fall of 2014.
On August 14, 2018, Duke Kunshan University held the 2018 Undergraduate Freshman Opening Ceremony, marking the official opening of the school's four-year undergraduate education. The first undergraduate freshmen came from 27 countries around the world, among which Chinese students and American students were the main student groups.
Duke Kunshan University aims to lead the future of higher education, consolidating the higher education traditions of China and the United States, and carrying the common vision of Duke University and Wuhan University to respond to the ever-changing global higher education needs. The rich historical heritage of the two founding universities will inspire Duke Kunshan University to continuously pursue academic excellence and integrity, and to serve the society with knowledge. The academic programs set up by Duke Kunshan University are geared to the future needs of the society, based on the liberal arts education tradition, focusing on problem-solving skills, and encouraging students to apply what they have learned.
As an international knowledge group, Duke Kunshan University encourages diversity, openness and innovative learning. The school welcomes outstanding teachers and students from all over the world to contribute diversified perspectives and experiences to its global learning environment. The innovative academic program of Duke Kunshan University will motivate students to master rigorous academic courses, stimulate innovative thinking, and develop creative solutions to global challenges they face, not only to fully prepare students for employment in specific fields, but also to work harder. Yu cultivated them to become leaders and citizens of the world with an international perspective.
Duke Kunshan University creates a diversified environment for students to learn, live and grow, and encourage students to seek new knowledge in and out of the classroom. Kunshan City is adjacent to Shanghai City and Suzhou City, and the highway and high-speed rail transportation are very convenient. Kunshan City is a center of commerce, high-tech research and manufacturing, and one of the cities with the fastest economic development in China. The campus of Duke Kunshan University covers an area of 200 acres and is located in the Yangcheng Lake Science and Technology Park in Kunshan. It is equipped with advanced classroom and conference facilities, library resources, teacher and student dormitories, restaurants, and leisure facilities. Multifunctional meeting places, lounges and study areas are available for students to study or group discussions about course content, complete homework, and participate in a rich and diverse campus life.