4+1 Degree Program Fuels UTEC, Duke Partnership

Partnership aims to prepare graduates for global leadership.

-By Charles Givens

May 16, 2024

UTEC, the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología in Peru, and Duke University are exploring new partnerships to advance research and education.

Javier Bustamante Romero, director general of UTEC, visited Duke on May 9 to celebrate the graduation of the inaugural two students who completed UTEC’s “4+1” degree program with the Duke Fuqua School of Business Master of Quantitative Management (MQM). The visit also served as an opportunity to discuss future collaborations between the two universities.

Left to right: Ernesto Ortiz from Duke’s Global Health Institute, Javier Bustamante Romero from UTEC, Lizzie Pogoloff from Fuqua School of Business, and Katherine Black Conte from the Office of Global Affairs (Photo credit: Eve Duffy)

UTEC’s unique four-plus-one program allows students to complete four years of undergraduate study in Peru, followed by a year at Duke to earn their Master of Science in Quantitative Management (MQM). This program reflects UTEC’s commitment to internationalization and its desire to prepare graduates to become global leaders in their fields.

During a meeting with Duke leaders, Bustamante Romero discussed potential collaborations, including faculty exchanges, student practicums and joint research projects.

As a result of the meeting, Duke and UTEC are working towards signing a memorandum of understanding to further the partnership.