Duke in China
Duke University, in partnership with the city of Kunshan, China and Wuhan University, is forming a new Joint Venture University to be named Duke- Kunshan University (DKU). The Academic Council has discussed the plans for the campus since November of 2009. In December of 2009, the Academic Council issued the following statement
“The Academic Council supports Phase I of the China Opportunity for Duke, which will allow the Fuqua School of Business to offer the existing degree of Masters of Management Studies (MMS) in China. The Council also supports Fuqua’s goal of using the facilities in Kunshan to enhance its Global Executive MBA and Cross-Continent Programs and to provide incubator space to other Duke schools for faculty to explore complementary research and educational programs.
The Academic Council is not prepared to endorse future plans of the program until the faculty have had more time to understand fully what it means in terms of cost and other commitments to establish high-quality educational programs in China beyond those already proposed by Fuqua.”
In January 2010, Duke entered into an agreement with Kunshan in which Kunshan committed 200 acres to a campus and to build the initial campus facilities and Duke committed to establish a Chinese Joint Venture University and to carry out an educational program. Kunshan has begun construction of the campus, expected to be completed by Fall, 2012. In January 2011, Duke entered into an agreement with Kunshan in which Duke and Kunshan agree to share responsibility for providing operating subsidies to supplement campus-generated income during the first six years of operation. This agreement is renewable in principle. At the same time, Duke entered into an agreement with Wuhan University, which has agreed to serve, as required by Chinese law, as our “education partner” in forming the new Joint Venture University. Wuhan has agreed to the name Duke Kunshan University (DKU). As currently envisioned, Wuhan will not have a financial interest in the new university but will have seats on its Board.
While significant steps have taken place, DKU is still under significant discussion. In particular, no academic programs have been proposed, formally. These programs, once proposed will need to be approved by the various schools and University committees before they can be submitted to the Board of Trustees. In addition, the Council has created the Global Priorities Committee. The Global Priorities Committee (GPC) is an advisory body to the Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs (VP &VP for GSP) and the Provost. The GPC is charged with reviewing and refining Duke’s global strategy and assessing university and academic programs and activities operating globally, both when they are being created and in monitoring ongoing performance. More recently, the China Faculty Council was created. This body brings together faculty with expertise in China, or significant interest in developing programs in China or nearby countries, to advise the Provost and the Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs on program development opportunities in China, including for Duke-Kunshan University.
The following information should help faculty understand Duke’s motivation for the venture and the discussions to date in the Academic Council.
Relevant Academic Council Minutes
Other relevant information
President Brodhead’s address to the faculty giving the motivation for the venture, February 17, 2011
President Brodhead’s address to the faculty with a mention of agreement with Kunshan, February, 11, 2010
Selected Articles and Editorials
Time for Trustees and Faculty to reflect (4/27/2011)
Faculty Split over planned China Campus (4/25/2011)
Second Thoughts on China (4/25/2011)
Get Faculty on board with Kunshan (4/7/2011)
Initial DKU phase to cost Duke $37M (3/25/2011)
Duke looks to build bridges to China (12/6/2005)