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While much of Duke’s global engagement takes place at the individual student, faculty or program level, a growing number of university-wide programs and initiatives bring together students and faculty members from around the university.  Duke’s university-wide global initiatives include:

Duke and the National University of Singapore (NUS) signed a formal agreement in April 2005 to establish a new medical school in Singapore. The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School offers a four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree that is modeled on the Duke University School of Medicine curriculum, and a joint MD/PhD degree for students who are committed to intensive research-oriented careers combining biomedical research with the practice of clinical medicine.  Duke's Office of Duke-NUS Affairs provides administrative support for collaborative initiatives between Duke, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, and SingHealth, including research and education programs, joint fellowship and graduate medical education training, and administrative training and development.

The Duke Africa Initiative is a faculty-led effort to connect scholars across the university with interests in the countries and cultures of the African continent.  The initiative was launched in 2012 with support from the Office of the Provost and Office of Global Strategy and Programs.

The Duke Brazil Initiative (DBI) was launched in 2013 to develop deeper connections with Brazil through faculty and student research exchanges, university and industry conferences, and by bringing leading Brazilian scholars, public officials and artists to Duke. DBI is co-sponsored by the Office of Global Strategy and Programs and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a joint venture between Duke, Wuhan University and the City of Kunshan, China, to create a liberal-arts style university in Kunshan, China.  DKU will provide Duke students and faculty members a number of opportunities to learn, teach and conduct research in China.

DukeEngage offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain meaningful service experience domestically and internationally. Since its creation in 2007, more than 2,400 Duke students have volunteered through DukeEngage in 75 nations on six continents.

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) was established in 2006 to coordinate, support and implement Duke’s interdisciplinary research, education, and service activities related to global health. DGHI is committed to developing and employing new models of education and research that engage international partners and find innovative solutions to global health challenges.

The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) is an interdisciplinary global health development lab that identifies and supports the growth of solutions to global health challenges in low- and middle-income countries.  SEAD was created in 2012 through a $10 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and is a founding member of the Higher Education Solutions Network.

Title VI International & Area Studies Centers

The United States Department of Education has awarded Title VI National Resource Center grants to support international centers and programs at Duke since 1973. These four-year grants support undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on particular regions, foreign languages and international studies.

Duke’s international and areas studies centers, six of which are funded through Title VI,  combine language instruction with interdisciplinary studies and research, as well as with outreach to public schools.