Duke Kunshan University

A Place for Learning and Living

United States

Duke Kunshan University is a partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class university offering a range of academic programs and conferences for students from China and throughout the world. Duke Kunshan is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China.

Duke Kunshan welcomed its first students in August 2014 and initially offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as semester-long programs for undergraduate students enrolled at Duke and other universities.

Duke Kunshan will welcome the inaugural class in its undergraduate degree program in August 2018. The four-year bachelor’s degree program is based in the liberal arts and sciences tradition that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and exploration.

A state-of-the art campus covers a 200-acre area in Kunshan's Yangcheng Lake Science and Technology Park. Located in close proximity to both Shanghai and Suzhou, and connected to both by high-speed rail, the city of Kunshan is a center for business and high-tech research and manufacturing, and has one of the fastest growing economies in China. 

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Key staff:

Duke Kunshan University is governed by an independent Board of Trustees.

Liu Jingnan, Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, is the former president of Wuhan University and a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. 

Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor, is an expert on U.S.-China bilateral science and technology relations and a member of the U.S. Experts Group within the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue.

Haiyan Gao, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Duke Kunshan University, is also the Henry Newson professor of physics at Duke University.

Key facts:

Duke Kunshan is located in a 200-acre campus in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China. The City of Kunshan is located in close proximity to both Shanghai and Suzhou, two of the largest metropolitan areas in China.



Research centers

Global Health Research Center

Environmental Research Center

WHU-Duke Research Institute at Duke Kunshan University




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