Duke will be putting down roots in Kunshan, China, a move that is meant to advance the university's commitment to global education. The Duke-Kunshan campus is expected to open in 2011 and will be built and operated in partnership with the municipal government and a local university.
On a trip to China in January, President Richard H. Brodhead and other Duke officials broke ground on the new site. The campus will cover 200 acres and contain five buildings featuring classrooms and meeting areas, a conference center, wet and dry laboratories, and lodging for students and faculty and staff members.
Kunshan, located outside of Shanghai, boasts one of the fastest-growing economies in China. The municipal government will construct the new campus.
Once the buildings are completed, the Fuqua School of Business will offer an executive M.B.A., a pre-experience management master's degree, and a non-degree executive-education program, and will offer training to Ph.D. students. Fuqua will work in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China's most respected universities, on these ventures.
In the future Duke's schools of public policy and the environment and the global-health institute will also offer programs, which are still being developed.
The new partnership extends Duke's already significant global presence and will be the university's second significant project in Asia. The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School campus in Singapore opened last year.