This summer, Fuqua’s long-anticipated M.M.S. program in partnership with Duke Kunshan University (DKU) welcomed its inaugural class of students. The thirty-seven students from eight countries will study together for ten months. They’ll spend the first three terms on the Durham campus with the 113 students enrolled in the M.M.S.: Foundations of Business program.
In January 2015, they’ll travel to Kunshan, China, for the final two terms of their program. “DKU is a phenomenal achievement of Duke University,” says Bill Boulding, dean of the Fuqua School. “We have been working on this project for several years, and now it finally has become real.”
While this new M.M.S. program will expose students to culture and business in China, the principles of Team Fuqua will remain at its core. During their orientation in July, students were divided into blue and white teams to compete in a friendly Section Olympics. They continued flexing their teamwork skills in workshops and met with staff from the Career Management Center to discuss networking.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity for students to have a frontrow seat to two of the world’s most dynamic economies—the U.S. and China,” says Patrick Moreton, associate dean for graduate programs at DKU.