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Office of DKU and China Initiatives

The Office of DKU and China Initiatives coordinates the work of the various Duke units and teams involved in the planning and implementation of Duke Kunshan University (DKU), a joint venture university under construction in China that is expected to open in 2014. Nora Bynum, vice provost for Duke Kunshan University and China initiatives, serves as the principal liaison among Duke, DKU, the city of Kunshan and Wuhan University. The DKU/China office supports and coordinates Duke's expanding research, education and outreach programs in China, and implements fundraising strategies for the new ventures.

The DKU/China office also supports the Duke Kunshan Student Advisory Council (KSAC), an advisory committee of Duke undergraduate and graduate students that are actively involved in the development of Duke Kunshan University from a student perspective. The Duke in Kunshan blog highlights the experiences and perspectives of Duke students, faculty members and staff contributing to the development of Duke Kunshan University.



Fudan International Summer Session 2014 starts on June 28th and provides a 4-week course study and cultural experience to international undergraduate students from all around the world. It offers 19 content courses, 3-level Chinese language courses as well as historical and cultural visits. The content courses will cover a range of topics in Chinese History and Culture, Chinese Society and Politics, Chinese Business and Economy, and International and Intercultural Studies. Courses are taught in English and may be eligible for credit transfer.

Fudan University is a top-ranked institution in Shanghai, China and an important partner for Duke University and Duke Kunshan University.  The cost of tuition, local expenses, visa processing, and travel to and from Fudan will be fully covered by Fudan University and Duke University’s Office of DKU and China Initiatives for up to three successful applicants.

FOR CONSIDERATION, please send a one-page letter of application to Tong Meng ( in the Office of DKU and China Initiatives by midnight March 23, 2014. The letter should state your name, class, major or majors, and contact information.  Please also answer in two or three paragraphs the following question:  How will Summer Session at Fudan substantially advance your educational goals at Duke? In your response, please address which particular courses offered in the summer session would be both meaningful and add value to your educational experience. Your application will be read by a selection committee organized by the Office of DKU and China Initiatives and you will be notified of the results by late March.